Watsonville, CA 95076
Salary: $16.78 /hour
CAB’s Alcance program is one of the six component programs of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. Alcance is a partner with Probation, Public Works, and other County Departments and community non-profits which provides alternatives to detention and workforce development services through the operation of restoration work crews. The program follows a strengths-based, and outcomes-oriented approach and integrates evidence-based practices that focus on improving alternatives to incarceration, recidivism and job skills acquisition.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Support with supervision and instruction of up to 9 youth participants in trail maintenance, weed abatement, litter abatement, erosion control, habitat restoration, and various other labor projects at various sites throughout Santa Cruz County.
- Under direction, implement specific work projects.
- Actively participate as a representative of Alcance with various collaborating agencies in Santa Cruz County.
- Projects may call for: use of hand tools and other related technical skills.
- If a Class B Licensed driver, share driving crew to and from project sites; maintain the van and all project equipment; keep an inventory of all materials and equipment used daily.
- Assist with the preparation of daily materials, snacks, and equipment required for crew operations.
- Maintain attendance and performance records and daily project reports.
- Conduct weekly crew safety trainings and other duties as delegated.
- Maintain a safe working environment for participants, staff and the public.
- Participate in ensuring outcomes are achieved for program impact.
Qualifications and Skills
Knowledge of and experience in:
– Supervisory techniques in crew situations in remote areas and under rustic conditions.
– Teaching, motivating, and supervising groups of youth/adults in work crew situations.
– Methods of environmental restoration, erosion/vegetation control, painting and light construction/maintenance.
– Safe operation and proper care of hand tools and some power tools.
– Knowledge and practice of safe work procedures.
– Understanding and ability to effectively utilize conflict resolution techniques.
– Working knowledge of fundamental principles of human behavior and group dynamics.
– Understanding related to issues of: youthful offender community; mental health and substance abuse disorders; poverty and cultural competency; and causes of social problems, including delinquency and crime.
– First aid practices/certifications.
– Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, with a clean DMV record. Possession of a Class B license preferred, but not required.
– Familiarity with computer systems (Microsoft Outlook, Access and Word).
– Work experience in fields related to youth/human development, mental health/substance abuse treatment, Restorative Justice, strength-based leadership, and/or studies in fields related to Sociology, Psychology, Community Studies or Environmental Studies.
– Knowledge and familiarity with the Santa Cruz County network of health, social service and
related agencies, as well as geography, preferred.
– Commitment to the goal of empowerment, job training and education of at-risk and adjudicated youth.
– Fluency in Spanish/English preferred, but not required.
– Perform physical labor, including heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs), in all weather conditions.
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships with participants, staff and
– Assist with teaching, directing and supervising a work crew.
– Communicate effectively with a variety of people.
– Perform duties responsibly, effectively, and completely.
– Ability to assess, train and supervise at-risk and adjudicated youth of varied economic and cultural backgrounds.
– Motivate at-risk and adjudicated youth in reaching their goals and potential.
– Be available to work weekend days.
– Be available to attend supervision meetings during weekdays, as needed.
The hired candidate will adhere to CAB’s standard of upholding the agency’s mission, values and code of ethics through a commitment to confidentiality and communication.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition (cancer-related), marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age (over 18), veteran status, gender, pregnancy, or any other non-merit factor unrelated to job duties. AA/EOE