• Conservation Program Coordinator - Upper Rio Grande Region

    Job Locations US-NM-Taos
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/10/2018 5:19 PM)
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    USD $28,000.00/Yr.
    USD $36,000.00/Yr.
    Targeted Job Start Date
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) is a nonprofit youth development organization serving New Mexico. We inspire young adults to make a positive difference in themselves and their communities. Through training and service, Corpsmembers discover their potential for healthy, productive lives.




    Position Title: Conservation Program Coordinator

    Organizational Unit: Upper Rio Grande Region

    Work Location: Taos, New Mexico, with travel throughout the state as assigned

    Classification:  Full-time, Exempt, 11 months per year (February to December)

    Schedule: Mon-Fri, with additional time as required by program needs, including occasional weekends/overnights

    Salary Range: $28,000 to $36,000 annual salary, depending on experience

    Benefits: All benefits as described in RMYC Staff Manual


    Position Summary: The Conservation Program Coordinator provides logistical, technical, and administrative support to multiple crews of young adults, ages 17-25, completing conservation projects during the spring, summer, and fall field seasons. Key areas of support include project coordination, technical skills training, risk management, and personnel management.


    Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision over Crew Supervisors, Assistant Crew Supervisors, and Crew Members.

    Supervision Received: Receives general supervision from the Upper Rio Grande Conservation Program Manager.


    Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter, as a single document, detailing your qualifications for the position.

    Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled; for full consideration, please apply by 5:00 PM (MDT) on 7/24/2018.


    Primary Duties:

    Project Coordination:

    • Ensure that scheduled work dates and detailed Project Specifications are mutually understood between agency partners and Crew Supervisors in advance of project implementation.
    • Update Project Impact database with measurable results of crew work; complete periodic and regular crew/project reporting in compliance with all grant/agreement requirements.

     Technical Skills Training:

    • Facilitate chainsaw training for both Crew Members and Crew Supervisors in advance of forestry/fuels reduction project work, following standards set forth by MTDC, USFS, and other partner agencies; maintain updated database of all sawyer certifications issued.
    • Facilitate training in other field skills (trail maintenance, fence construction/repair, etc.) as necessary.
    • Provide training in data collection related to forest health monitoring, trail maintenance, habitat improvement, and other areas required by project agreements or regional/national initiatives.

    Risk Management:

    • Conduct periodic field visits to observe, audit, and provide feedback regarding crew safety practices, following RMYC Field Operations Standards.
    • Participate as rotating member of On Call team for after-hours field support and incident response related to both Upper Rio Grande and Middle Rio Grande crews.
    • Inform Risk Management Committee of incidents occurring in the field; log all incidents in tracking database in order to analyze trends over time.          

    Personnel Management:

    • Review crew time cards for accuracy and ensure their timely submission to Finance Department; input crew time card data in digital form as needed.
    • Track service hours for AmeriCorps members and work with individuals as needed to ensure that they complete the required number of service hours for the season.
    • Address disciplinary issues, conflicts, or other crew-related matters requiring staff intervention, following RMYC philosophy of Positive Youth Development. 

    Logistical Support:

    • Arrange purchases and/or delivery of tools, gear, and supplies needed to complete field projects, coordinating with Program Manager around available budgets.
    • Oversee Upper Rio Grande vehicle and chainsaw fleet and schedule needed maintenance/repairs.
    • Manage inventory of all tools, gear, and supplies in RMYC warehouse.

    Additional Duties:

    • Provide training, logistical support, and on-the-ground coordination as needed for crews during disaster response deployments.


    Job Requirements:

    • Knowledge of recreation and natural resource management, especially in the areas of trail maintenance and forest restoration.
    • Knowledge of use and maintenance of tools related to environmental restoration, especially chainsaws and hand tools for trail construction.
    • Ability to train others in appropriate restoration techniques and outdoor safety practices.
    • Ability to operate GPS units and create basic maps using GIS software.
    • Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite applications.
    • Ability to work well in a team environment.
    • Excellent public speaking, group facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
    • Ability to adapt communication style to meet the needs of corpsmembers, staff, community members, and stakeholders.
    • Attention to detail and ability to write accurate, thorough correspondence and reports.
    • Creative problem-solving capacity in response to issues that arise both in and out of the field.
    • Ability to work well with youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds and educational levels.


    • High School Diploma or equivalent (Preferred: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution).
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or higher medical certification.
    • Faller Class B (FALB) or higher chainsaw certification from an NWCG or USFS-approved saw program, or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire.
    • 12 months of field experience in natural resource management, outdoor education, or related fields.
    • 6 months of experience with a Youth/Conservation Corps or other program(s) serving youth and young adults.
    • Valid Driver License and insurable motor vehicle record.
    • (Preferred) Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer certification.
    • (Preferred) American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor certification.
    • (Preferred) Ropes course or high challenge course facilitation experience.

    Working Conditions:
    In performing the essential functions of this position, the Conservation Program Coordinator will be required to:

    • Operate standard office equipment, telephones, and computers.
    • Lift or move up to 50 pounds occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds constantly.
    • Traverse uneven terrain; balance, stoop, kneel, reach, push, pull, and/or grasp.
    • Have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned.
    • Receive detailed information through oral communication; convey important spoken instructions accurately and effectively.
    • Work outdoors, subject to outside environmental conditions.
    • Work near occasional loud noise from equipment such as chainsaws.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Travel Requirements:
    The Conservation Program Coordinator must be available to travel as needed to remote project locations throughout New Mexico and be prepared to camp overnight or occasionally for multiple nights, both near vehicles and in backcountry settings. In the case of disaster response deployments, the Conservation Program Coordinator may be required to remain on site (including out-of-state locations) for extended periods of time, typically up to 30 days.


    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. All RMYC positions dependent upon availability of funding.



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