Leadership Development Program
The Nevada Conservation Corps is committed to participant’s professional development and offers the training and opportunities to become effective leaders. The Leadership Development Program provides specialized instruction on a variety of field leadership skills designed to foster communication and team building as fundamental to leadership excellence. Topics include problem-solving, conflict resolution, performance management, inclusive collaboration, team development, and decision-making. Effective team and project management is learned through extended mentorship and experiential learning. We believe leadership skills are best acquired within the context of daily work challenges.
What is the Leadership Development Program?
Your experience begins by joining as a crew member while working on habitat improvement, ecological 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 participate in leadership development activities, spending extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leaders candidates, as you each take turns acting as the crew lead on service projects meant to prepare you for the technical challenges of conservation leadership.
While in the field, expect working long hours, honing project management and technical skills with evenings spent around the fire, learning and practicing the fundamental skills of effective leadership. Specific field training include trail building and maintenance, dry masonry, chainsaw use, Wilderness First Aid, off-road driving, and the diplomacy of agency relations. You also have the opportunity to shadow current 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, Las Vegas, Ely, or Great Basin National Park) and assume the responsibility of leading a crew through a summer of service. You may lead up to nine AmeriCorps members while building trail or running chainsaws in some of Nevada’s most spectacular regions. Your role will include coordination with agency partners and collaboration with peers to ensure project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Depending on your project type and location, you can expect to camp with your crew, on either 4-day or 8-day rotations, often in primitive and remote locations. While accomplishing your conservation objectives, you will promote a healthy and cohesive community within your crew.
A crew leader 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. 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 are seeking individuals who will lead by example and become a role model for the members who join our program. While the responsibilities of crew leadership are significant, the rewards are abundant and the bonds forged with your crew, peers and with the Nevada outdoors will last a lifetime.