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Environmental Conservation Corps: Crew Leader

The Sustainability Institute


Opportunity summary

Term length

5/28/2024 - 5/27/2025

Application window

4/25/2024 - 5/28/2024


North Charleston, South Carolina

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Engage young adults, ages 17-24, in habitat restoration activities in public parks, forests and waterways, such as restoring salt marshes and oyster reefs, constructing rain gardens, planting native plants and trees, performing water quality testing and monitoring, and constructing and repairing trails, bridges, and boardwalks.

Opportunity description

Lead a conservation crew that focuses on (1) salt marsh restoration, including cultivating and planting Spartina and restoring oyster reefs and constructing living shorelines; (2) rain garden building; (3) water quality monitoring, testing and data collection (salt and fresh water); (4) planting native trees and plants; and (5) constructing, maintaining and repairing trails, bridges and boardwalks.


  • Education benefit
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

Requirements and qualifications


Must be between the ages of 17-24, have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid Driver's License. Program enrollment requires every member to successfully provide information to program staff for the completion of the CNCS three-part criminal history check. Due to the conditions and scope of work, members must be physically able to perform all program work including climbing, heavy lifting, bending, working from one’s knees or back, working in excessive hot, cold, and/or rainy conditions.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications include prior crew member experience in an AmeriCorps program, prior experience leading a team or in a leadership role, and prior experience working in habitat conservation.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Tree planting and urban forestry
  • Coastal wetlands restoration
  • Local ecosystem restoration

Work environment

  • Team based
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Outdoor