Position:  Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Location:  Office in Steamboat Springs, CO. Crews will work all throughout northwest Colorado.


  • Trail Crew (18-25 year old crew members)
  • Chainsaw Crew (18-25 year old crew members)
  • Wildland Fire Crew (18-25 year old crew members)

(If interested in leading an under 18 crew, check out our Youth programs page.)

Season Dates:  All crew leaders are required to participate in paid training starting on May 11th and must commit to serve with RMYC until August 10th .

May 11th – August 10th

Fall Season opportunities may exist for crew leaders. Opportunities include leading a Fall Crew session (August 17th- Mid October) or working as a Camp or Resource Specialist with RMYC’s Yampa Valley Science School Program (August 22nd(ish) – End of September)

Compensation:  $550- $590/week

Registration Fee:  RMYC collects a onetime $75 registration fee to cover administrative costs. You have the choice to pay this fee with check/cash or you can opt to have it paid out of your first, full, two-week paycheck.

Plus:  All food is provided, lodging (camping!), transportation, recreational and educational opportunities
**Crew Leaders are not eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award due to the supervisory nature of the crew leader position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and supervision to a crew of 6-8 crew members (18-25 years old) in all day to day activities on the work site and around camp
  • Support the physical and emotional well being of the crew members and assistant crew leader
  • Participate in pre-season preparation and post session clean-up and debriefing
  • Complete professional documentation of daily and weekly documentation of crew work and activities, timesheets, mid season and end of season evaluations, etc
  • Oversee base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene, and all other elements involved with adherence to RMYC policy
  • Coordinate projects and logistics with RMYC Staff and project sponsor
  • Report regularly to Field Coordinator (supervisor)
  • Plan, organize and facilitate supplemental training and education activities
  • Perform duties expected of any corps member including trail work, meal preparation, cleanup/setup, and other day-to-day duties
  • Plan and coordinate approval of crew recreational activities and travel with program director
  • Conduct routine vehicle/driver, camp and project safety audits to uphold the RMYC risk management program
  • Manage petty cash, gas cards and food budget
  • Transport crew safely in RMYC’s 12-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Participate in RMYC Crew Leader training workshops, field training and mid session training.
  • Adhere to and enforce rules and regulations as specified in the RMYC Employee Guidelines Handbook


  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Adult CPR certification is required (current through your RMYC term)
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Leadership experience, preferably with young adults, required
  • Previous conservation experience required. Conservation/Youth Corps experience preferred
  • Ability to camp and work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Physical ability to work outside for 8-10 hours a day swinging a hand tool or using a chainsaw
  • Familiarity with basic conservation and camping skills, including tool maintenance and leave no trace practices
  • Knowledge of Corps model; ability and desire to implement RMYC policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in low-impact camping techniques
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently but also collectively, self-motivated, confident, flexible, and open-minded
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate in a written and oral manner
  • Appropriate risk management skills
  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen
  • Good driving record
  • High School diploma or GED required. Relevant Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States

The Crew Leader position is classified as Temporary Regular Exempt and is a seasonal position.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is committed to the inclusion of members with all levels of ability. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is an equal opportunity employer.      P.O. Box 775504  Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 ryan@rockymountainyouthcorps.com   (970) 879-2135×1  www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org

About Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps engages young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. We teach responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education.
Being part of an RMYC crew involves spending a season living and working with a team of 8-10 people and completing meaningful conservation projects throughout northwest Colorado and Wyoming. Corps members live and work together 24/7 in a camping environment, completing priority projects during the week, and exploring the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Rocky Mountains on the weekends. Participation involves hard work in tough conditions, but makes for amazing memories and experiences.