Leadership Advancement Program
The NCC is committed to giving its crew members, crew leaders and crew supervisors the training and opportunities to become effective leaders. The Leadership Advancement Program teaches conflict resolution, prioritization, performance management, accountability, execution, collaboration, team development, decision-making, and goal-setting through training, mentorship, and field experience. We believe that leadership skills are best learned within the context of daily work challenges.
What is the Leadership Advancement Program?
Your experience begins with nine months as a crew member on a 5-person crew, during which you gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Nevada Division of Forestry. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration. During your tenure as a crew member you receive trainings in leadership development, spend extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leaders candidates, and take turns acting as the lead on service projects that are meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew.
Your days are spent working long hours, honing project management and technical skills; evenings are spent around the fire, learning and practicing the fundamental skills of effective leadership. You are trained in trail building and maintenance, dry masonry, chainsaw use, Wilderness First Aid, off-road driving, leadership, conflict management, and more. You also have the opportunity to shadow current NCC field staff, practice leadership techniques and receive the feedback and support needed to improve your skills.
Upon successful completion of the leadership development training you are assigned a summer project (based out of Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; Ely, NV; or Great Basin National Park) and take on the responsibility of leading a crew. You lead four-to-nine AmeriCorps Crew Members while building trail or running chainsaws in some of Nevada’s most beautiful locales. You coordinate with agency partners and collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Based on your specific project you will camp in the field with your crew, on either 4-day or 8-day “tours,” often in primitive and remote locations; and your are responsible for managing and facilitating a healthy and cohesive community within your crew.
Different than any other professional experience you could imagine, being a crew leader with the NCC is a full-time, intensive commitment where you will always be a resource to the members serving with you – both while on service project sites, or back at camp after a long day. Both preparing for and leading a crew requires unwavering dedication and a willingness to put the needs of others first. Successful applicants demonstrate dependability, excellent judgment, and high standards. We look for individuals who will lead by example and be a role model for the members who join our program. Though this position is challenging, the rewards are abundant and the bonds forged with your crew, peers and with the outdoors last a lifetime.