ACE - Crew Leader, Southeast Gulf
Company: American Conservation Experience - Staff
Location: Corpus Christi
Posted on: June 12, 2021
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit
organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service
opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer
labor force to help restore America's public lands. ACE has a
national reputation for providing exceptional training and support
to enable crews to safely and economically implement technically
complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the US
Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, USFWS and numerous
state and local land management partners.
Job Title: Crew Leader
Location: Based in Corpus Christi, Texas (Field project
locations will take place on public lands throughout Texas,
Oklahoma and southern Gulf region)
Department/Division: CREW, Southeast Gulf
Status: Regular Full-Time (Exempt)
Schedule/Hours: Full-time. Flexible Schedule with varying
shifts; 40 hours/week with additional hours as needed (field
projects typically run on a 4-day (10 hour/day) hitch, 3 days off
schedule or on an 8-day (10 hour/day) hitch, 6 day off
Reports To: Associate Director
Travel: Yes, extensive regional travel required
Compensation: Full-Time, $684.00/week, $35,568.00 annualized
- Competitive pay with a benefits package that includes health,
dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick
leave, designated holidays, and 401k retirement for qualified
- Food and provisions are provided during field projects.
Start Date: May - Early June 2021
About ACE Southeast Gulf:
The ACE Southeast Gulf Division is located in the beautiful
coastal bend region of South Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus
Christi sits on indigenous Coauiltecan and Karankawa lands (visit
the Native Land website to learn more) and is home to Padre Island
National Seashore, the largest stretch of undeveloped barrier
island seashore in the world. Corpus Christi has world class
fishing and is home to over 380 species of migrating birds. In
fact, the city is called the birdiest city in the world! The ACE
Southeast Gulf Division was opened in September 2017 in order to
better serve the invasive species removal needs of the coastal
region. Although the workload is diverse, ACE Southeast Gulf's
efforts are primarily focused on restoring gulf coast prairies and
watersheds to support threatened and endangered animals and
neo-tropical migrating birds, such as the Whooping Crane. Working
on public lands throughout Texas, Oklahoma and southern Gulf
region, ACE crews conduct a variety of field projects with a focus
on invasive plant management and wildland coastal forest management
using chainsaws, brushcutters, gas powered augers, herbicides and
specialty tools to regain control of encroaching, toxic plant
populations. Additional project work includes feral hog trapping,
revegetation, restoring fragmented habitat, surveying, mapping, and
water quality testing.
As the primary front-line staff of the ACE Southeast Gulf
Operations Team, Crew Leaders (CLs) lead diverse teams of young
adults in completion of environmental conservation and restoration
projects. CLs train and lead crew members in conservation work
skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living skills,
and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address
critical environmental needs. Work is almost exclusively outdoors,
involves strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and
climates, and typically involves "spike" camping for several days
at a time in remote wilderness locations. The position requires
extensive travel to public lands across Texas, Oklahoma and the
Gulf region and may involve working for other ACE offices/locations
for temporary periods.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Lead, manage, and hold Corpsmembers accountable while serving
on conservation projects.
- Lead, train, and supervise a conservation corps team during
conservation work projects, which may include: restoring wildlife
habitat, maintaining public parks, campgrounds, and recreation
areas, planting trees, conducting native plant revegetation,
eradicating exotic/invasive plant species, surveying, conducting
ecological testing and monitoring, mapping and monitoring using GPS
technology, wildfire restoration, restoring forest health and
reducing wildfire risk through tree thinning using powered
equipment, constructing and maintaining trails, and constructing
and maintaining fences and outdoor facilities.
- Arrange environmental education activities and opportunities
and help inspire the next generation of conservation and public
- Support, coach, mentor and supervise members in both technical
and interpersonal professional development.
Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country
and wilderness spike camps.
- Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project
Accurately complete project field paperwork including weekly
reports, safety sheets, incident reports, end-of-week checklists,
feedback forms and others as necessary.
- Ensure personal and Corpsmembers safety while in the field,
especially as it relates to running chainsaws and other power
- Arrange details of transportation, tools, equipment, camp/field
living arrangements, field communication, and work project
completion. Responsible for leading rig-up and de-rig before and
after a project. Serves as primary transport for crew to worksites
and camp during projects.
- Maintain and repair hand and power tools and other equipment as
- Responsible for enforcing the use of appropriate safety
procedures in all tasks.
- Manage and replace items as needed in the cook set, first aid
kit, and personal protective equipment (PPE) set.
Safely transport crew and equipment in ACE vehicles with
- Responsible for producing high quality work and guarantee
successful project outcomes.
- Collaborate and communicate with ACE Project Managers and
project partners to ensure that ACE crews safety complete the
highest quality of work and achieve established project
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. BA/BS degree
from an accredited college/university preferred.
- At least 3-6 months of experience working in field conservation
positions, preferably within a Conservation Corps and with a record
of advancement to assistant leadership or leadership
- At least 3-6 months of experience performing habitat
restoration or invasive species removal activities.
- At least 3-6 months experience applying herbicides in a
professional setting and must be able and willing to pass Texas
State Pesticide Applicators License Test.
- At least 3-6 months of experience safely operating chainsaws in
a professional setting; S-212 Chainsaw Certified or equivalent
- Experience in field work performing environmental restoration,
trail construction and maintenance, and other conservation tasks;
basic skills in the maintenance and repair of chainsaws, brush
cutters, herbicide sprayers and other field tools as well as
mapping and monitoring data collection experience preferred.
- Experience leading, training, and supervising teams of diverse
- Ability to drive vehicles/trucks and trailers in a variety of
- Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic
environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
- Experience performing a wide variety of heavy manual labor for
extended periods of time, often under adverse conditions and in
- Ability to lead, train and supervise a team.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently and up to a month
at a time.
- Ability to camp on a project for two to four weeks at a
- Working knowledge of young adult development, team-building and
- Experience serving as a positive role model and mentor for team
- Ability to perform a wide variety of heavy manual labor for
extended periods of time, and often under adverse weather
conditions and in various climates.
- Ability to adapt to the surrounding work environment and
conditions that can change frequently.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with corpsmembers, partner agency staff, and the
- Ability to understand and carry out oral and written
- Ability to understand and follow ACE systems and processes
including supervisor key responsibilities.
- Must secure First aid/CPR certification within 14 days of
employment and maintain certification.
- Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment
conducive to team dynamics including timely, effective
communication with project partners, supervisors, and crew
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
- Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record
- Proficient in English
- Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
- Willing to abide by ACE Policy and Federal Drug Free workplace
policies and laws. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions
- Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking,
hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with
hands and arms, talks and hears. Manual dexterity required for use
of hand and power tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office
equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.
Ability to hike over rough terrain, and camp overnight under field
- Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and
depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
- Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently lifts up to 50 lbs.,
ability to lift up to 60 pounds.
- Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment
conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather
conditions and in various climates.
- Noise Environment: Moderate noise.
- Travel: This position requires domestic travel.
To Apply: Navigate to the ACE website: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/
to fill out an application. You must include a resume, one-page
cover letter and three professional references. Qualified
applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview.
Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be
considered for this opportunity.
American Conservation Experience provides equal employment
opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,
disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements,
American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and
local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every
location in which the company has facilities.
Learn More About American Conservation Experience (ACE)!
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