Leadership Development Program
Residential Camping Program for ages 19+
The Leadership Development Program (LDP) offers leadership training to aspiring outdoor leaders interested in pursuing employment with conservation corps and outdoor programs. The LDP integrates team-based work projects, education, and on-site vocational training into a curriculum that prioritizes leadership growth, and the development of conservation work skills. Participants will develop hard skills working on conservation and recreation projects while developing the soft skills required to successfully lead groups in the outdoors.
PROGRAM BACKGROUND The Leadership Development Program (LDP) was created in 1996 to offer leadership opportunities to people interested in pursuing employment with Northwest Youth Corps or other similar outdoor pursuit programs in a leadership capacity. The program integrates team-based work projects, education, and on-site vocational training into a curriculum that stresses leadership growth, and the development of conservation work skills. Participants will develop hard skills working on conservation and recreation projects while developing the soft skills required to successfully lead conservation work crews. The entire program's work, educational, and recreational activities will be linked by a unifying theme: "Conservation Leadership".
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work Project Participation - Responsible for the safe completion of assigned work projects in a timely manner to predetermined specifications. Works closely with program staff and other participants with specific attention to safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality and efficiency.
Leadership Development - Responsible for participating in educational sessions using NYC's leadership curriculum. Assumes the leadership responsibilities of the crew on a rotating basis.
Education/Recreation - Works closely with other program participants to master NYC's environmental education program, participate in group presentations, and coordinate weekend recreation outings.
- Minimum of a high school degree
- Background in outdoor recreation, environmental education, or resource management
Desirable Experience (Applications will be reviewed considering All past work experience)
- Outdoor recreation background
- Volunteer experience relevant to this position
- Prior outdoor recreation experience, familiarity using hand tools is desirable
- All members must be at least 20 years of age Physical condition
- Applicants must be in good physical condition
- Capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects
- Work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and extensive backcountry travel
- Applicants must be able to backpack 12 miles and lift up to 50 lbs.
HOURS The Leadership Development Program is a residential program requiring long days, high energy, and love of challenge. The crew works up to 40 hours a week on a variety of projects and spends the evenings and weekends participating in and leading educational activities and recreational outings.