Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Lead

Job Locations
US-NM-Santa Fe
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Facilities/Property Maintenance
Santa Fe


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


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Position Summary

The purpose of the Youth Conservation Corps Crew Lead will be to work alongside a co-lead and supervise 6 crew members to restore habitat and create and maintain trails at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s properties. Crew Leads will also direct the planning and implementation of the fall Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist program.


The position is temporary and scheduled for approximately 20 hours per week. The two YCC Crew Leads will be supervised by staff from the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Projected start date is June 14, 2021 and projected end date is December 1, 2021 (both start and end are flexible). The crew will determine their schedule, usually during working hours between Monday-Friday. Some weekend and evening availability required.

Essential Functions

Audubon Project Responsibilities

  • Trail Restoration and creation
  • Erosion control
  • Invasive species removal
  • Native habitat restoration

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Project Responsibilities

  • Conduct invasive species removal
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Horticultural duties

Master Naturalist Project Responsibilities:

  • Supervise other YCC members
  • Set a realistic timeline and deliverables for YCC Crew
  • Business planning and sustainability plan, including helping to apply for funding through grants
  • Research other successful Master Naturalist programs
  • Meet with other New Mexico Master Naturalist chapters
  • Work with the advisory board to outline project needs and report progress to the advisory committee
  • Meet with stakeholders (individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies) to better understand the needs of natural resource management in NM
  • Develop MN goals, experiences, timeline, program evaluation, and curricula as final documents
  • Find and document locations, speakers, and field studies for MN Training
  • Build and maintain a website and other digital learning spaces
  • Facilitate weekly meetings and occasional weekend field trips for Fall 2021 MN cohort

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must reside in the state of New Mexico
  • Background in natural resource management, conservation, and New Mexico natural history
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Hard working, flexible, and self-motivated
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively on a team;
  • Clear communication skills, including written, verbal, and on the phone
  • Basic computer skills, including using Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, and Google Suite
  • Basic organizational skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Valid NM driver’s license (Preferred)
  • Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lift loads up to 25 lbs, and traverse uneven terrain for over 2 miles. Must be able to conduct hands-on, physical labor in an outdoor setting, including being able to traverse the trails and uneven terrain of the nature center and surrounding properties, preserves, and sanctuaries in variable weather conditions.


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