The Land Conservation Leaders program is a demanding, team-based, leadership experience providing a service opportunity in environmental stewardship. Land Conservation Leaders actively participate in and facilitate weekly educational sessions and team building activities, plan and lead service projects, and build leadership skills as they serve as Assistant Crew Leaders and, ultimately, Co-Crew Leaders.
• Biweekly stipend: Earn a living stipend of $800 every two weeks March 18-August 16 (Assistant Crew Leader) and $980 every two weeks August 19-November 15 (Co-Crew Leader).
• AmeriCorps Education Award: Earn a scholarship of $2,255.24 upon successful completion of each of the two 675-hour terms of service; totals $4,510.48 at successful completion of the 8 ½ month term. These awards can be used to pay tuition or pay back qualifying student loans.
This is a temporary position, from March 18, 2019 – November 15, 2019.
• Two 675 hour terms of AmeriCorps service in an 8 month commitment, totaling 1,350 hours.
• 40 hour weeks, serving either five or ten days consecutively. Hours will vary by season and project.
• This is a camping based position. Camping trips will be required for most trainings, conferences, and projects.
• On Land Conservation: Complete physically demanding conservation
projects on public lands throughout the Denver metro area. Project
examples are trail construction and maintenance, fire mitigation, fencing,
noxious weed removal, wildlife habitat improvements and public land
maintenance and clean-up.
• Mile High Youth Corps: Provide logistics support including but not limited
to, building, vehicle and tool maintenance.
• Trainings: Wilderness First Aid/CPR, Leave No TraceTM outdoor ethics,
Pesticide Application, hands-on technical training related to all projects,
facilitation and public speaking, peer mentoring, extensive leadership
development, and the option to earn S-212 chainsaw equivalency
certification (required for Sawyers).
• Student loan forbearance: Possible through the National Service Trust on qualifying federal government student loans.
• Health Insurance: May be eligible for health insurance the 1st of the month after serving at MHYC for sixty days. Member share of health insurance premium is $90 per month.
• Members serve as role models and promote volunteerism and community service across the organization.
• Trainings: Fully participate in and provide leadership for educational activities, including environmental education, civic engagement, healthy living, and social justice, for up to four hours a week in the field.
• Projects: Serve as Assistant Crew Leaders on Summer of Service crews and Co-Crew Leaders on Fall Forestry crews. Crews are comprised of 8-10 18-24 year olds from diverse backgrounds. 1-2 members may be selected to fill an alternative role during Fall Forestry, assisting with trainings, supporting crews in meeting project goals, serving as MHYC ambassadors for site visits with government officials, and stepping into other leadership roles as needed.
• Between 19-24 years old and eligible to legally serve in the United States. Documentation will be required on the first day.
• Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on the first day.
• High School Diploma or equivalency required.
• Must be physically fit and capable of participating in intense physical labor including but not limited to: ability to lift 75 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions, hike 7 miles with a day-pack, able to conduct repetitive hand and arm motions, and able to maneuver in tight spaces, including bending and kneeling.
• Able to commit to the entire term of service, March 18-November 15.
• Ability to camp between 5 and 10 consecutive days at a time in all weather conditions.
• Ability to effectively serve with a diverse group of peers, staff, community members, and project partners.
• Valid driver license with insurable driving record preferred.
• This position may have access to vulnerable populations and therefore must complete a pre-service background check which includes fingerprinting.
• Pre-service drug screen required.
• Must not engage in any prohibited activities listed in the AmeriCorps member service agreement and must adhere to rules and regulations specified in the MHYC handbook.
• Fully comply with agency policies and procedures regarding high quality service, installations, tool management, paperwork completion and data accuracy.
• This position reports to the Program Coordinator: Land Conservation.
Visit our website at www.milehighyouthcorps.org and click “Apply Now”. Or visit us in person at 417 E. Vermijo Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Questions? call 719.630.7421 ext. 402.
Mile High Youth Corps is committed to diversity in principle and practice, both in the community at large and within the organization. We are, therefore, committed to having our internal operations and employment practices administered on a non-discriminating basis inclusive of, but not limited to, race, religion, color, socio-economic status, gender, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, or national origin. Every effort shall be made to grant reasonable accommodation for qualified people with disabilities to participate in this AmeriCorps program.