Watsonville, CA 95076
Salary: $16.78 /hour

Job Summary

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.

Ability to:

– 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

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