POSITION TYPE: Youth Conservation Crew Leader

LOCATION: Eugene, OR; camping across Oregon.

DATES (TENTATIVE): 5/10-7/20, with potential extension into late summer or fall.

TO APPLY: Please submit an application on our website (https://nwyouthcorps.workbrightats.com) under “Apply Now”, which will ask for a resume and short questionnaire, and will send you a confirmation email if your application is received. Alternatively, call (541) 239-7125, or email amandaw@nwyouthcorps.org or zekez@nwyouthcorps.org, for more info.

Northwest Youth Corps is hiring crew leaders for next summer to lead Indigenous youth crews working on conservation projects.

Tribal Stewards Crew Leaders lead, manage, and support conservation crews of Indigenous youth ages 15-19. Crews consist of approximately 9 youth members and 2 leaders. Youth members are students at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, OR, who choose to participate for the summer. Each of them has their own story, goals, and needs.

As a leader, you will be responsible for ensuring the physical and emotional welfare of your crew. You’ll work together on hands-on, conservation-oriented projects on tribal, federal, state, and private lands, and facilitate short daily lessons with our accredited outdoor education curriculum.

This is hard work. You’ll wake early on frosty mornings to get your crew started, and will camp in tents for the entire 8-week program with occasional days off. Projects are physically challenging; you’ll train your crew to safely use hand tools to build trails, cut down invasive plants, and restore natural areas. The youth you work with will challenge you to be the best leader you can be, and you’ll watch them grow as a team. This can be their first step into entering the professional world and making an impact on their own lands. If you are passionate about working outdoors with Indigenous youth, please apply.


$120 daily / $122 for WFR/WEMT certified applicants. $100/day training pay for first ~10 days. Crew leaders will likely earn approximately $7,000 over the season.


At least 21 years old
Current Wilderness First Aid (or higher) and CPR certification, or willingness to obtain prior to employment start date (please contact us for information about certification and training)
Current Driver’s License
Affiliation with tribal communities strongly preferred
Must pass criminal background check and have clean driving record for the past three years (NYC will consider applicants with past criminal justice involvement according to the position requirements and applicable law)
Professional, traditional, or recreational outdoor experience; accustomed to living for long periods without modern conveniences
Experience working with youth/teens
Willingness and ability to frequently drive an NYC vehicle
Excellent organization and time management skills
Ability to lift and/or move up to 70 pounds
Ability to work collaboratively and thrive in a team setting
Strong communication skills
Good judgment and decision-making skills
Spirit of adventure; desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment
Experience working with Indigenous groups
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job

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