Field Crew Leader / Assistant Field Crew Leader
Type of Job
About the job
Normally, the Field Crew Leader and Assistant Leader would lead a crew of six, comprised of the Field Crew Leader, an Assistant Field Crew Leader, and four Field Crew Members. The field crew leadership team will go through 8 weeks of pre-season training (described below) followed by 10-18 weeks working on multiday backcountry field projects for up to ten days at a time.
For the 2020 and 2021 field seasons, we’ve shifted our crew model to keep our employees and the communities we serve safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Crews will be comprised of three individuals: a Field Crew Leader, an Assistant Field Crew Leader, and a Field Crew Member.
The Field Crew Leader and Assistant Leader will run a crew comprised of 4-5 volunteer midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy, the premier college for aspiring officers in the US Navy. The field crew leadership team will go through 8 weeks pre-season training (described below) and then 10 weeks working on multiday backcountry field projects for up to ten days at a time.
For the 2021 field season, we will shift our Naval Academy crew model to keep our employees, the midshipmen and the communities we serve safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, you will have the following:
Ability to travel on foot over rough terrain for up to 10 miles per day while carrying 60 lbs or more
Ability to live and work in a remote and primitive setting with diverse groups of people
Desire to be a member of a hard-working team and transformative non-profit organization
Six to nine months of backcountry trail work experience
Crew Leader applicants need at least three months of leadership experience in a backcountry, field-based position.
Crew leaders and assistant crew leaders will receive the following additional benefits:
Crosscut saw certification
Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
Food stipend is provided ($9/day)
May qualify for Public Land Service Corp (PLC) hiring authority
Opportunities for professional network growth
Sick time accrual
Opportunities for pro-rated gear deals
Founded in 2010, the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is a conservation non-profit organization with expertise in Wilderness. We are dedicated to educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public and the next generation in the stewardship of public lands in the Southeast. At SAWS, we believe that taking care of our public lands and connecting them to the next generation matters. We also believe that it is our shared responsibility to care for these lands; to advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity in the outdoors; and to educate, train, and develop a skilled workforce to be the next conservation stewards and conservation leaders.
Headquartered in Asheville, NC and with an office in Roanoke, VA, we focus our efforts on wilderness areas in National Forests throughout the southern Appalachian region. We regularly work in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, and respond on a case-by-case basis to requests for assistance in other locations.
Learn more about SAWS and what we do at our website www.wildernessstewards.org.