Crew Leader - Youth Conservation Corps

YCC · Saint Paul, Minnesota
Department YCC
Employment Type Full-Time Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $16 per hour

This position starts in June and runs through August 2021.  Interviews will be conducted in March 2021.

There are multiple openings for this role.

Job Purpose: To transform lives and landscapes by engaging youth and young adults to build skills for meaningful, family-supporting, skilled trade, green careers, creating economic opportunity and equity while making our community a greener, healthier place to live.


Job Summary:  Supervise and motivate up to 8 youth and young adults (14-21) on a daily basis in a safe, educational, and professional manner by providing high quality job-training experiences through the completion of community-based projects. Projects may include landscape construction, vegetation management, and a variety of other projects.

Tree Trust was created in 1976 to address two problems in our communities: the devastation of the urban tree canopy due to Dutch elm disease and the high unemployment and poverty rates for youth and adults at the time. We began combating these issues by hiring unemployed individuals and training them to plant trees and reforest the Twin Cities. Since then, we have expanded to offer integrated job preparation programs, community forestry and environmental education programs. 


Our programs:

  • provide meaningful opportunities for greening our local community
  • give youth the chance to gain work experience, boost their self-confidence, and find positive direction
  • teach practical job skills to young people to help reshape their lives
  • guide young people to select and train for a career that will help them become self-sufficient
  • help volunteers connect with their community and the outdoors


Tree Trust actively seeks to build a staff that reflects the diversity of the population and community it serves, and that’s why we strongly encourage people of color to apply. 

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership, supervision, guidance, support, and motivation to approximately 16 youth/young adults on two part-time crews.
  • Ensure quality work performance, safety, and the general well-being of the crew.
  • Provide deliberate and effective feedback to youth to foster continuous growth within a job training setting.
  • Organize work projects for the crew in conjunction with the site supervisor and supporting staff.
  • Maintain tool and material inventory and notify supervisor of project material needs.
  • Responsible for the operation, cleanliness, and maintenance of equipment; report any damaged equipment to site supervisor.
  • Accomplish work goals to the satisfaction of the sponsors, supervisors, and project proposals.
  • Accurately maintain, complete, and submit paperwork and reports in a timely manner, including crew time sheets, accident/ incident reports, receipts, crew member development, project records, and others as assigned.
  • Implement fair and appropriate discipline of crew members based on handbook.
  • Assure implementation of education and service-learning components.


Participant Service Requirements

  • Develop trusting relationships with participants and express constructive ideas to educate and help the participant through difficult situations.
  • Communicate with participants and families under sometimes stressful circumstances.
  • Set appropriate boundaries with participants, staying focused on service goals.
  • Respond to crisis situations with composure and empathy.
  • Provide service to participants with all types of employment barriers, including participants with criminal records and substance abuse issues.



  • Valid MN driver’s license with clean driving record as determined by our insurance carrier.
  • Ability to successfully listen, give feedback and motivate youth and young adults.
  • Ability to pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check.
  • Excellent judgment, risk management skills, and calm decision-making ability in challenging situations.



  • One year of college education in a related field (including but not limited to, education, psychology, sociology, horticulture, or landscape related)
  • Prior experience working with or supervising youth/young adults.
  • Technical skills in landscape construction, conservation, and/or chainsaw operation.
  • Ability to transport up to 15 participants between pickup locations with a company provided vehicle.

Work Environment:  — Regularly works outside in conditions that include bad weather heats up to 100 degrees, and humidity. Noise level may be loud at times.  Sturdy/closed toe footwear required.  All tools will be provided by Tree Trust.

Physical demands:

  • Desire to be outdoors and to work amongst a team in various weather conditions.
  • The ability to stand for long periods, sit, twist, bend, grip, and lift and carry heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather.
  • Ability to learn how to safety and effectively use all tools and equipment needed for job tasks, which may include operating a chainsaw.

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  • Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $16 per hour