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Summer Youth Corps ASL Crew Leader

St. Croix State Park, MN
The ASL Crew Leader (ages 19-25) will motivate, direct, and coordinate a crew of Deaf / Hard-of-hearing and hearing young people in a rigorous program of work, education, and training.

Location: This is a residential program; food, lodging, and transportation will be provided during the service term. Based in Saint Croix State Park, MN, travel throughout region to complete service projects.

*Our commitment to community safety is paramount, so basecamp residence is dependent on COVID-19 precaution need come June 2021. Residence may be regional in state parks hosting SYC crews or otherwise adapted as needed.

Lead and mentor youth: Lead an ASL crew with a co-leader and ASL interpreter. ASL crews are inclusive and typically half or more of youth use ASL as their primary language.

  • Advanced knowledge of American Sign Language (such as primary language fluency and/or completion of or ongoing study in a certified ASL interpreter associate or bachelor program)
  • Possess knowledge of Deaf culture
  • Ability to work hard in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions with limited time off
  • Desire to work with diverse youth in conservation, education and recreation settings
  • Ability to foster strong work habits, environmental ethics, youth leadership and team unity
  • Positive attitude, interest in community service and desire to make a difference
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
Essential Service Functions: Ability to perform the essential service functions 40 hours per week. *Adequately performing essential service functions is a requirement of this position. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.        
  • Working in extremes of heat or cold
  • Working, eating and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
  • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Working long days, including nights and weekends
  • Because of residential nature of our program, crew leaders must be willing to work long hours with limited time off. Must be willing to live in tents and in variety of locations throughout summer.

AmeriCorps Position: Summer Youth Corps Crew Leader (ages 19-25)
Living Allowance: Stipend $1,450 per month
Education Award: $2,321.90 upon successful completion of term
Service Term: June 1 – August 18, 2021
Service Schedule: Sunday-Saturday, hours vary
Reports to: Summer Youth Corps Program Manager
Criminal History Check: NSOPW, State and FBI, due to recurring access to vulnerable populations

Position Responsibilities and Tasks:
Member must complete service projects to the best of their ability, serving safely, effectively and efficiently to ensure projects are completed to the satisfaction of project hosts and the community. AmeriCorps members are expected to serve a minimum of 900 hours and complete the entire service term per the start and end dates listed on the Member Service Agreement. The service calendar outlines 920 available hours of service, with no service (and thus, no accrual of service hours) on Independence Day. Therefore, absences (sick or vacation) beyond four excused days for half-time 900-hour AmeriCorps members are deemed excessive, jeopardizing the member’s ability to accrue the minimum service hours required for the education award. If a member has excessive absences, the member may need to volunteer with an external organization outside of regularly scheduled service days to earn additional service hours to complete the education award. These additional service hours must be pre-approved by SYC Program Manager.
Provide collaborative leadership with fellow AmeriCorps members
  • Serve as co-leader with a fellow AmeriCorps member to foster youth development, ensure safety and complete service projects.
  • Communicate with the co-leader, crew and program staff in a clear, consistent manner.
  • Ensure consistency in operations and decisions between yourself and co-leader.
Lead and mentor youth
  • Lead groups of six to eight youth on 1- to 3-week long "spike" projects (spike is when crews camp in tents, prepare own meals and complete work projects).
  • Facilitate educational and recreational activities during spike trips, after workday and on weekends.
  • Provide discipline and positive crew morale, build teamwork among crew members, enforce the standards of Conservation Corps behavior and adhere to the program goals and mission.
  • Encourage development of good work habits and present on basic skills such as work safety, environmental education and leave no trace.
  • The program also runs ASL crews. Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing crew leaders and interpreters will lead inclusive crews where half of youth use ASL as their primary language.
Work on crew projects
  • Lead crew to complete projects such as trail construction and maintenance, boardwalk building, planting, campsite development, invasive species removal, etc.
  • Coordinate daily service project logistics for crew.
  • Ensure safety practices followed on service site.
  • Provide feedback to fellow members to foster growth and skill development.
  • Develop cohesion within crew to maintain crew morale and ethic of service.
  • Provide trainings such as tool use and safety.
  • Conduct on-the-job training demonstrations for youth participants starting new projects.
  • Support youth development to ensure that youth achieve personal and program success through principles of team work and service-learning.  
  • Promote and follow all safety requirements of OSHA, project hosts and the Corps.
  • Distribute safety message to youth participants.
  • Ensure youth participants are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Ensure adequate PPE and first-aid kit available on all service projects.
Work projects
  • Inform youth participants of schedules, daily plans, tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ensure proper equipment and training in place before youth projects begin.
  • Relay work progress and completion to project host and Program Manager.
  • Complete and submit SAW reports to Program Manager.
  • Submit expense reports, receipts and monthly credit card log to Program Manager for coding and signature.
Public relations
  • Represent the Corps during travels and work throughout summer.
  • Keep work areas, offices, shops and vehicles neat and orderly – conduct repairs, clean, oil and grease equipment as needed.
  • Ensure proper use, safety and maintenance of vehicles, tools and camping equipment.
In accordance with 45CFR 2520.65, AmeriCorps members may not perform prohibited service activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in the activities. Prohibited service activities are outlined in the Service Agreement section VII and AmeriCorps member manual.
Training and Benefits: As an AmeriCorps service learning program and to prepare Crew Leaders for habitat restoration projects, the Corps provides orientation and skills training at the start of the program year, and additional region or project specific training throughout the service term including:
  • AmeriCorps benefits, team building and conflict resolution, equity and inclusion, risk management, first aid and CPR, mental health first aid, invasive species management, leave no trace, MN Safety Council defensive driving, hand tool and vehicle safety and use (detailed below):
  • Pulaski, loppers, hammers, shovels, wheelbarrows, pick mattock, ax mattock, hazel hoe, rock bar, bow saw, hand saw, pole saw and other conservation hand tools.
  • 12-Passenger van, minivan, truck with canoe trailers and other vehicles as needed.
  • In addition to these many skills and education trainings members who successfully complete a term of service may be eligible for benefits including an education award, loan forbearance, health insurance, and child care allowance dependent on specific position and term.
Evaluation schedule:  All members will be required to participate in a formal evaluation process a minimum of 2 times during a term of service including mid-term and end-of-term evaluations.
Role Clarification: This is an AmeriCorps Corpsmember level position, NOT a staff member. While serving in this AmeriCorps volunteer position, corpsmembers need to abide by the below restrictions:
  • Corpsmembers may NOT sign/approve official documents such as AmeriCorps paperwork, member timecards, performance evaluations, disciplinary contracts, project contracts or any similar documents.
  • Corpsmembers may NOT be directly involved in project acquisition or contracting. 
  • Corpsmembers may NOT discipline other AmeriCorps members. While they may provide guidance, facilitate crew meetings, motivate, reward and uphold safety policies on the service site, all policy violations and disciplinary action must be directed to and handled by a staff member.
Questions? Contact Teresa Butel
Summer Youth Corps Program Manager


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