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Ecological Monitoring Program Field Supervisor with Southwest Conservation Corps in Durango, Colorado

Type of position Full-time, seasonal.
Employer Southwest Conservation Corps
Description of Employer The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).
Location Durango, Colorado
Salary $18.75-$20.00/hour, depending on experience
Benefits Partial health benefit eligible.
Closing date of competition November 11th, 2023
Date position available February 27, 2024
Description of duties

Position Summary: The Field Supervisor’s primary roles are to provide field, social-emotional, and logistical support to our field staff and seasonal ecological monitoring and watershed crews by offering technical assistance and morale support and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring. The Field Supervisor will assist with program logistics as well as planning and facilitating crew lead and member training.  Besides some planning, logistics, and administrative duties, the position is predominately field based.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Training: Help to develop and implement crew leader and member training for both Ecological Monitoring and SCC Durango-based programing throughout spring including technical work, protocols, and leadership and facilitation skills. Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season, especially for Crew Leaders.
  • Field Support: Conduct regular overnight visits to crews, project partners, and work sites throughout New Mexico, southwest Colorado, and southeast Utah.  Once training and field season commences, work weeks are typically four 10-hourdays spent traveling to a crew, supporting operations, travel back, and debrief, follow-up, and administrative tasks.  A food budget is provided for overnight travel.  “Eight on, six off” work weeks are also possible.  Occasionally, workdays/weeks are spent locally.
    • Typically, week to week, the Field Supervisor visits a different crew in a different BLM Office, whom they may or may not have already met, yet whom they need to support, converse with, and advise.
    • Communicate and debrief with crew leaders and corps members during field visits.  Liaise between field and office personnel, and provide remote follow-up check ins after field visits. Manage on-the-ground project quality and quantity by providing technical assistance as needed. Support and advise project management in front country and remote working locations. Enforce all SCC and agency policies and procedures. Provide encouragement, guidelines, and supervision to crew leaders throughout their tenure. May fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary.     
  • Programming: Assist with planning, scheduling, and implementing crew projects.  Assist with development and coordination of risk management policies. Facilitate corps member development in the field.
  • Tools, Equipment, Gear: Plan and help logistics staff with project logistics. Assist Logistics Coordinator in maintaining a clean and efficient base of operations. Work within an established program budget regarding necessary purchases. Help to maintain vehicles and trailers. Develop and implement strategies to improve vehicle and tool usage safety and care.
  • Risk Management and Emergencies: The Field Supervisor will be one of the first staff responders for crew emergencies and support and, therefore, must be readily available for trips into the field and comfortable with an ever-shifting work schedule. May help prepare any forms and instruments for emergency planning and use. Will audit programs for risk management gaps and provide relevant feedback to staff.
  • General Administration and Partnerships: Help maintain accurate reporting of all necessary information and complete program reports, project, program, and crew leader evaluations throughout the season. Help develop and maintain relationships with community and project partners.
  • Other Duties:
    • Successfully engages, leads and supports an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
    • Leads and/or participates in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plans goals.
    • Reports any potential harassment or grievances within the organization as identified in the Personnel Policy Manual.


Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR or above) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to start date.
  • Experience implementing best science and data collection principles
  • Can effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. 
  • Minimum of one cumulative year of experience as a leader of peers or youth. youth development or corps field.
  • Experience mentoring diverse groups of individuals to achieve common goals
  • Strong logistical, organizational, and overland navigation skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment, and willingness to change work plans on short notice
  • Able to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • Able to communicate effectively, manage complexity, cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others.
  • Able to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
  • Proficient in phone and email communications
  • Able to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations.
  • Valid Driver’s License and Insurable Driving Record
  • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements.
  • Willing to work with herbicide Team and leadership experience and ability to use emotional intelligence and decision-making skills to a high degree
  • High level of skill in at least one of the following: conflict resolution, facilitation, and teaching
  • Experience driving four-wheel drive off-highway or navigating off-highway obstacles
  • Education or experience with plant identification, taxonomy, and specimen collection
  • Experienced in spending multiple days in remote areas, wilderness living and travel, Leave No Trace, or outdoor leadership
  • Able to travel extensively throughout the southwest including areas in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following: 

  • Experience in vegetation or rangeland health assessments, botanical inventory, or standardized ecological monitoring, especially Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology
  • College graduate with coursework in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field
  • Experience with SCC or other conservation or youth corps
  • Experience teaching, facilitation, and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
  • Experience working on a field-based team collecting scientific data or working toward conservation goals
  • Familiar with ArcGIS data collection apps such as Field Maps and Arc Collector
  • Experience with soils and horizons characterization
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference
  • Current or recent herbicide applicator or supervisor license
Contact for additional information Richard Brown at [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Cover letter must include a response to the following question: Provide some examples of your experience effectively working with diverse communities, including those specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.
Submit to To Apply: send cover letter and resume to Richard Brown at [email protected] by November 10th. Subject line in this email must include “Applicant, position title and Name”. Ex: Applicant, Ecological Monitoring Program Field Supervisor, John Doe.
Additional Information Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.