Plumas Conservation, Restoration and Education in Watersheds (P-CREW) Program Manager Position

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.


Position Overview: The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a Program Manager to oversee and implement four summer youth crews for Sierra Institute’s youth corps program, Plumas Conservation, Restoration, & Education in Watersheds (P-CREW), and a new Young Adult Crew. The Program Manager reports directly to the Executive Director. This position requires a person with excellent leadership, time management, and communication skills, is comfortable in the backcountry, and has experience with trail and other landscape restoration projects.
Program Background: P-CREW provides opportunities for urban and rural teens to restore the environment, learn about natural resource management, gain job skills, and disconnect from technology while they camp for five consecutive weeks and work 40 hours a week on projects that benefit the environment. P-CREW is a unique summer program that actively works towards breaking down social barriers by embracing diversity. Each crew of twelve, 10th-12th grade teens are managed by two group leaders for a five-week session while performing restoration work on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests and adjacent lands in the northern Sierra. Students are in the field 24/7 and do not go home during the five weeks. The Young Adult crew is a new dimension of the program providing more long-term seasonal jobs to further young adults experience work in the natural resources restoration field.


Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in resource management, forestry, environmental sciences, geosciences or related field; four years of experience working in conservation and/or on environmental restoration projects; two years of supervisory experience; OR any combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties
• Ability to work independently
• Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in conservation/environmental restoration
• Understanding of the principles of teen and young adult development
• Ability to plan, supervise, schedule, oversee, and evaluate multiple, concurrent field operations
• Wilderness First Responder Certificate
• Highly flexible, adaptable, and able to problem-solve on-the-fly
• Excellent conflict problem solving and management skills
• Excellent outdoor trip planning skills and knowledge of gear maintenance
• Excellent computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record; comfortable driving 4-wheel drive vehicles with teenage passengers
• Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Personal 4WD or all-wheel-drive vehicle that can travel on rough terrain and gravel roads

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To Apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and reason(s) for interest in the position, resume, and contact information for three references as one document. Submit application materials to [email protected] with P-CREW Program Manager in subject line or mail application materials to: P-CREW, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, P.O. Box 11, Taylorsville CA 95983. Application deadline December 4, 2020, or until the position is filled.

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