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Field Supervisor

Chattanooga TN 

The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a non-profit service organization, is a program of Conservation Legacy. Built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) SECC provides youth, young adults, and veterans opportunities to complete conservation projects on public and private lands throughout Tennessee and Southeast region. While serving with SECC members learn natural resource management practices and team work though completing high quality projects such as prescribed burning, fuels management, land restoration, trail construction, invasive plant management, disaster relief, and much more.  SECC operates field programs nearly year-round. Annually, field crew and internship engagement averages approximately 130 corps members and roughly 16 seasonal Crew Leaders or Assistant Crew Leaders, with a support staff of three to four. SECC crews complete an average of 150 fee for service weeks per year, with summer peak season consisting of 8 – 10 field crews being supported by Chattanooga-based staff.


Position Summary:

The Field Supervisor’s primary role is to provide leadership, technical, and logistical field support to all SECC conservation crews. The position requires a significant field presence to assist crews with project needs, as well as management of the SECC shop. Field visits cover a multi-state footprint including, but not limited to, TN, GA, KY, MS, and SC. Field time will consist of day crew visits in close proximity to the SECC office and overnight visits to camping crews. The schedule for this position is based on dynamic organizational needs. This individual will be expected to work as a member of a team and independently.


Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

Field Support                                                 


  • Maintain a consistent staff presence in the field, including frequent overnight stays to assist in managing on-the-ground project quality and quantity.
  • Facilitate rig-up and de-rig events and procedures.
  • Serve as technical expert and advisor on projects as needed, aligning project details with partner/agency standards and specifications
  • Maintain strong working relationships with a diverse array of land managers including pre-site visits.
  • Enforce and exemplify all SECC, Conservation Legacy, and agency policies and procedures while in the field and at office/shop.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Crew Leader and Crew Member trainings.
  • Serve as substitute on crews as needed.
  • Support, coach, mentor and supervise members and leaders in both technical and interpersonal work.
  • Facilitate behavior improvement and disciplinary procedures as needed.


Shop and Vehicle Support                         


  • Maintain shop space to operate efficiently, including tracking and repairing hand and power tools.
  • Track, maintain, and purchase tools and field equipment.
  • Assist in management and maintenance of SECC’s vehicle and trailer fleet.
  • Assist Field Program Coordinator in tracking established annual budget for field related resources.
  • Assist with food purchasing for crews when needed.
  • Assist with other general duties as needed or assigned by supervisor.


Staff Support:                  


  • Collaborate with the Program Director and Field Program Coordinator to train, mentor, and supervise a broad scope of corps members and crew leaders across SECC programs.
  • Assist SECC staff in identifying and developing an internal talent pool for future leadership positions inside and outside of SECC.
  • Assist Field Program Coordinator in the implementation of crew leader and corps member trainings including technical work, protocols, leadership, and facilitation skills.
  • Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season.
  • Work with other SECC staff on pressing projects as needed.
  • Collaborate with other program staff to ensure proper resources are provided to crews in the
  • Learn SECC’s Emergency Phone systems and take part in “on-call” responses as needed.


Physical Requirements:

Regular overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions the Field Supervisor is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The Field Supervisor may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. He/she/they must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms. The Field Supervisor may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising crews and facilitating the completion of high-quality conservation projects related to trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fuels management, etc.
  • Technical competence in dry stone masonry, full bench trail construction, fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw operations, etc.
  • Experience with tool maintenance, including rehandling and basic chain saw engine repair.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor young adults working in remote outdoors settings performing arduous physical labor.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment with variable scheduling and frequent problem-solving.
  • The ability to communicate professionally both internally and externally with stakeholders.
  • Minimum of educational experience: prior experience working for and supervising others within a conservation corps, land management agency or natural resource management organization focused on similar work and member development.
  • Proficient in computer programs, databases, other technology; ability to manage data in an organized, consistent, and timely manner.
  • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Must hold a National Sawyer Chainsaw Certification Level A felling, bucking, limbing. With the ability to obtain a level B within a year.



To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and references directly to Brenna Kelly, Program Director ( Position is open until filled and subject to close without notice.

Posted February 10, 2021

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