Summary: This position coordinates the hiring, training, development, and continuous support of 18-24 year-old AmeriCorps Corpsmembers in Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation Program. This position reports to Senior Manager: Land Conservation.
Founded as Year One, Inc., Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) was established in 1992 to give youth the tools needed to build a successful future, addressing the educational and employment needs of Denver’s youth by connecting diverse young people to their community and the outdoors. That first year, 20 youth served Denver neighborhoods through a single 10-week program. Today, MHYC is a comprehensive, year-round model serving 200 young adults annually across 23 Colorado counties. Inspired from the tradition of the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps, the Land Conservation Program provides opportunities for young adults to participate in a variety of crew-based environmental stewardship projects, including trail building and maintenance, fire and flood mitigation, habitat restoration, and park development. The Land Conservation Program offers four separate terms: Land Conservation Leaders (March – November), Summer of Service (May-August), Fall Forestry (August-November), and Winter Fire (November – April). Corpsmembers receive on-the-job training and career readiness programming that lead to the obtainment of industry-recognized certifications, an AmeriCorps education award and leadership experience to help them achieve their educational and employment goals. Land conservation service projects completed by MHYC Corpsmembers impact hundreds of acres of parks, trails and open spaces each year in Colorado.
Youth Development, Hiring & Supervision
• Support recruitment and manage hiring for all Land Conservation Leader, Summer of Service, Fall Forestry, and Winter Fire Corpsmembers.
• Implement orientation and training for Corpsmembers, Crew Leaders and Alumni Mentor.
• Supervise, monitor and evaluate the performance of Corpsmembers, Crew Leaders and Alumni Mentor.
• Enforce the policies and procedures outlined in the MHYC employee and Corpsmember handbooks.
• Promote a solution-focused youth development environment in which Corpsmembers have the opportunity to develop new skills.
• Promote individual learning, leadership and personal growth among Corpsmembers.
• Provide Corpsmembers with opportunities for leadership development and service throughout the duration of their terms of service both within the agency and in the community.
• Support and lead staff and Corpsmembers towards program goals, including high-quality project completion, positive member experiences and high post-program placement.
• Support conflict resolution in facilitated one-on-one, small group and full crew conversations in the field or in the office.
• Connect Corpsmembers to supportive services and resources, including mental health counseling, food assistance, housing, childcare, etc.
• Serve as safety officer. Ensure that safe working procedures are followed, respond to emergency situations in the field, provide appropriate guidance to Crew Leaders and Corpsmembers for non-emergent injuries, and support members through the workers compensation process.
• Serve as on-call duty officer for overnight crews; required to address emergency situations if they arise after work hours.
• Substitute for Crew Leaders in the field as needed.
● Oversee the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the Land Conservation Program.
● Ensure engaging programing that successfully meets the 6 core educational areas: social justice, leadership development, civic engagement, healthy lifestyles, career development and environmental stewardship. Programming includes crew time, community meetings, educational activities, and team-building activities.
● Implement program practices that reflect local and national best practices in relation to youth corps, youth development, and other related fields.
● Creatively identify new ideas for increased Corpsmember retention, improved member experiences, and higher post-program placement through changes to program design, trainings, etc.
● Communicate effectively and professionally with all community partners both internally and externally.
● Maintain integrity of all MHYC physical assets, by controlling the distribution, security and maintenance of all vehicles, tools, equipment and facilities.
• Prepare Corpsmember files and ensure file paperwork completion and accuracy.
• Monitor, document, and evaluate Corpsmember progress in the program using individual written evaluations, case notes, and one-on-one meetings.
• Maintain thorough and complete records on each Corpsmember throughout the length of the program, including timesheets, hour logs, rosters and daily accountability forms.
• Track Corpsmember hours, establish and hold Corpsmembers accountable to hour benchmarks, and enter and approve hours in Paycom.
• Ensure timely completion of Corpsmember awards, incentives and recognitions.
• Assist other staff with the reporting required for funders and board members.
• Other duties as assigned.
• 1-2 years of supervision experience required.
• 1-2 years of experience working for youth corps or in case management, social work, volunteer management, non-profit management or conservation/forestry/natural resources preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Experience working with diverse youth populations (ages 18-24 preferred).
• Knowledge and/or familiarity with common social justice issues (such as racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, housing/food/childcare accessibility).
• Organized and detail oriented.
• Ability to provide successful supervision and leadership of staff.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills (candidates with bilingual English-Spanish proficiency preferred).
• Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point).
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, creative and deadline-oriented environment.
• Ability to be solution oriented and deliver high quality customer service to community partners.
• Must be able to lift 75 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in the sun and hike 7 miles with a day-pack.
• Must be able to camp for up to 5-10 consecutive days at a time if situations deem necessary during the course of a season.
• Wilderness First Aid or higher preferred.
• Valid driver’s license with insurable driving record required.
• Ability to legally work in the United States, which will be verified through the federal E-Verify Program.
• Ability to pass a pre-employment background check, which includes FBI fingerprint, and drug test. Drug testing may also be required during employment.
Hours & Compensation:
This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position starting June 8. The wage range is $15.38-$16.35 per hour depending on experience (equivalent to an annualized rate of $32,000-$34,000). Hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. Medical, dental and life benefits are available on the 1st of the month after working 60 days. The position is open until filled.
Email: Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (include position title in subject line)
Mail: Send resume and cover letter to: Mile High Youth Corps, Attn. Jesse Roehm, 1801 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204