Crew Leaders

Crew Leaders (CLs) will lead 5–10 person crews on various conservation-related projects. CLs are responsible for facilitating a positive crew member experience by setting an example of enthusiasm throughout work and camp life.

Position Overview

UCC operates three 12-week field seasons throughout the year. The CL begins their term of service in the spring with intensive training in conservation, leadership, outdoor living, and Wilderness First Responder. The remainder of the Spring season is dedicated to development through experience, training, and peer-led project work. During this time, CLs become familiar with their responsibilities, learn proper tool use and techniques, and participate in conservation projects under the leadership of Field Logistics Technicians (FLTs) and other field staff. 

Upon demonstration of essential competencies, CLs will assume responsibility for leadership of their crew for the Summer and Fall season. CLs may be assigned to co-leadership duties, depending on project needs.

Crews serve on projects in a variety of locations. Field projects may be in the backcountry (hiking into the project site, camping away from a vehicle) or frontcountry (such as driving to the project site daily, camping at the vehicle, or non-camping lodging). Projects may also be urban (located in a city or town) or rural (located in national parks, forests, etc. with limited access to facilities and resources).

Project work may include (but is not limited to):

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species management, including herbicide application
  • Habitat restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Land management inventory and mapping
  • Fire fuels reduction
  • National disaster response efforts
  • Community service
  • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction
  • Recreation signage repair

Term Dates: Feburary 22 - November 23
Locations: Logan | Moab | Cedar City 


Crew Leaders during the spring season.
Crew Leaders during the spring season.

2024 Compensation & Benefits

  • AmeriCorps living allowance of $1,444.73 paid 2x per month; total $27,450. Note: this is taxable income.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, $6,895.00 (available upon successful completion of term)
  • Health Insurance benefit of up to $100 a month on new plans through the Marketplace on gov
  • Professional Development Training Fund: $250.00 available for use during term of service for approved conservation skills and leadership trainings
  • Forbearance on qualifying student loans while in service
  • Conservation leadership experience
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification (~$800 value)
  • Chainsaw training with the option to qualify through UCC National USFS Chainsaw Program as an A Faller (apprentice sawyer)
  • Utah Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License
  • Member Assistance Program (a mental wellness program)