YouthWork Team Leader

CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES is a 501(c)(3), whose program,YouthWork, specializes in developing youth and young adults through conservation and natural resource work.  Our central office is located in Traverse City, MI  and our programs are located around the state.


Supervise and work with a diverse array of young adults to complete green collar work projects throughout Northwest Michigan.  The leaders will be responsible for creating a valuable experience for the Youth Corpsmembers facilitating environmental education, life skills, transferable work skills, and safe, positive work environment. Team Leaders will be responsible for performing quality work deliverables, in a timely fashion on diverse projects sites.

Essential Duties

  • Supervise and work along-side youth in the field on a daily basis
  • Train and motivate a crew of three to five young adults to efficiently and safely complete specific green collar projects
  • Facilitate and ensure implementation of academic, life skills and character lessons at work sites
  • Incorporate reflection time into every day
  • Ensure the completion and accuracy of documentation including timesheets, daily and weekly reports, evaluations, and other documents and forms as required
  • Build nurturing connections with youth corps members, clients, partners and community members

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum two years experience working with at-risk youth development and/or ability to lead a team, tactfully give direction and performance feedback
  • Conservation, construction or landscaping experience
  • Ability to lead a team and carry out projects to completion with very little oversight
  • Ability to demonstrate and model excellent work ethic
  • Excellent organizational and risk management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity, patience and good humor while working with team
  • Clean driving record required
  • Mechanically inclined, and able to practice normal preventative maintenance on CHILD  AND FAMILY SERVICES vehicle and tools
  • Able to lift and move up to 50 lbs
  • Familiar with and can model safe use of hand tools
  • Able to use hands and boy to operate tools and controls, as well as reach, pinch and grasp items with hands and arms
  • Able to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach up, or bend/lean down
  • Able to frequently walk, sit, talk, and listen
  • Must have close vision and ability to focus
  • Must speak, understand, read and write English
  • Familiarity with software such as: Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, and internet applications

Please email resume and cover letter to: Bill Watson,