Now hiring: Crew leader, Youth Climate Corps Golden

Position: Crew Leader, Wildsight Youth Climate Corps Golden

Contract Dates: August 1st to November 17th, 2023

Location: Golden, with occasional, possible travel to other communities near Golden or other YCC hub locations.

Hours: 35–40 hours per week, typically Monday–Friday (though there may be occasional requirements to work evenings or weekends)

Compensation: $22 per hour (with an additional 4% vacation pay) + certifications and training

Certifications provided:

  • Bear Awareness
  • OFA Level 1
  • S100 / 185 (basic fire suppression and entrapment avoidance)
  • Food Safe
  • Mental Health First Aid

Training provided:

  • Introduction to fire ecology and fuel sampling methods
  • Basic Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance
  • Introduction to food systemsGardening design basics
  • Exposure to Indigenous perspectives on the land
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Social media strategy

Knowledge of local ecosystems and how climate change is impacting this area both presently and in the future
Introduction to levels of government, community partners and methods for community organizing and engagement
GIS Mapping

Opportunity Description:

As climate change places increasing pressure on our global, regional and local ecosystems and communities, the need to respond with meaningful action could not be more pressing. Harnessing the energy and ambition of young adults, the Youth Climate Corps empowers you to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis through employment, training and leadership development.

As the Golden YCC Crew Leader, you will play a critical role in leading and guiding a team of 4-6 young people (aged 17-30) that are involved in climate action initiatives (see detailed job description below). There will also be some remote online programming. The online components will include some training, plus regular communication and public outreach about your experiences throughout the program.

Engaging with local professionals, Wildsight staff and deeply involved community members, you will gain the knowledge, skills and training necessary to advance climate-resilient communities.

2023 Golden YCC Projects:

  • Theory and Practice of Food Sustainability
    • Local food recovery and sustainability initiatives that will deepen your understanding of local food systems, food waste and burgeoning solutions. We will be working with a several local permaculture farms and other organizations doing hand-on work
    • Golden Wildfire Risk Reduction Project
      A wildfire risk reduction project developed to spread awareness and increase local wildfire resilience. Working with a local forestry company to remove loaded surface fuels and increase the canopy base height to reduce the continuity of fuel loads
  • Community Engagement
    • The crew will work with different organizations to help educate and connect with the community on current and potential future projects
  • Several other small projects including beaver site surveying to better understand previously occupied sites, community engagement to inform opportunities for a community composting system,  environmental education facilitating and potentially more.

Your role:

1. Crew Leadership and mentorship

  • Supervise and provide guidance to a team of youth employees, fostering a positive and inclusive work environment.
  • Serve as a mentor and role model, supporting the personal and professional development of crew members.
  • Cultivate teamwork, collaboration, and effective communication among crew membe

2. Education and Outreach
Develop and deliver educational programs and workshops on climate change, conservation, and sustainable practices.

  • Facilitate discussions and activities to increase awareness and understanding of environmental issues among crew members.
  • Coordinate community engagement initiatives, such as public presentations, events, or workshops.
  • Support the YCC team in producing and sharing communications content to tell the story of our work through multiple channels

3. Fieldwork and Stewardship

  • Lead fieldwork such as wildfire risk reduction work, permaculture farm work, habitat enhancement
  • Ensure adherence to proper field techniques, safety protocols, and ethical standards.
  • Provide training and guidance on fieldwork skills, data collection, and environmental monitoring.
  • Serve as an ambassador between YCC projects and community members

4. Reporting and Administrative Support:

  • Maintain accurate records of crew activities, including project updates, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Prepare reports on project outcomes, successes, and recommendations for improvement.
  • Collaborate with Wildsight staff to contribute to program evaluation and impact assessment.
  • Support YCC coordinator in overall program function; assisting with administrative tasks and maintenance and operation of tools and equipment


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate young individuals and engage productively with diverse partners and audiences
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities, including team management, project management and conflict resolution
  • Experience working independently
  • Motivation to be part of solutions to climate change and willingness to engage others in climate action
  • Passion for community building
  • Adaptable and adventurous attitude
  • Capable of working remotely
  • Love for the outdoors, with the ability to work in a variety of weather conditions and terrain
  • Previous familiarity, education experience with climate action or in climate-related fields is an asset but not a requirement
  • A valid driver’s license and car is an asset, but not a requirement


Applicant Eligibility:
Applicants must:

  • Be between 17–30 years of age at the start of the contract
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada

How to Apply:
Wildsight is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our hiring processes and work environment and actively recruits for diversity within our crews. We encourage women, people of colour, people of Indigenous ancestry and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals to apply for this position. Wildsight recognizes climate justice as essential for climate action and we actively recruit for diversity.

Please email your resume and a cover letter to Kiana Froese (

Application Deadline: June 23, 2023. 

Additionally, we are currently hiring crew positions.

For more information on the Wildsight’s Youth Climate Corps, please visit

We launched a pilot program in 2023 in Golden. It was an incredible season, with work done in wildfire risk reduction, food security, invasive species…Learn more