Conservation Site Supervisor

Operation Fresh Start

The Conservation Crew Supervisor leads and trains a crew of eight to 13 young people in the completion of conservation projects for the City of Madison Parks, Dane County Parks and other land stewardship agencies. Conservation Crew Supervisors work as a team with other direct service staff, including class room teachers, placement staff and participant services staff to provide a comprehensive job skill, educational, and personal development program to at-risk youth, ages 16-24.

The starting salary is between $40,000 to $47,000 annually, depending upon qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package includes paid vacation, sick, personal, holiday (including paid week between Christmas and New Year’s), maternity/paternity leave, flexible spending plan, 403(b) retirement fund and health insurance with $500 max out of pocket deductible, dental, vision, and life insurance. This is a full-time position – 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday to Thursday

Operation Fresh Start is located on Milwaukee Street in Madison, WI. The position involves travel to city and county parks, primarily in Dane County and surrounding areas. Operation Fresh Start conducts several background checks prior to employment. Criminal background does not necessarily preclude employment at Operation Fresh Start.

The following duties are typically expected of this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

1. Direct Service – 50%

a) Establish a positive relationship “bond” with participants that facilitate achievement of specific goals.
b) Assess each participant’s employment skills, social competence and emotional health.
c) As a member of a team, develop an Individual Service Strategy to address employment, social and emotional needs.
d) Provide on-site supervision, training, education, and counseling of participants in a manner consistent with an Individual Service Strategy.
e) As a member of a team, provide a written evaluation for each crew member per agency schedule.
f) Maintain daily plan/log book; use for attendance and to record any significant events.
g) Communicate effectively with co-workers, on a daily basis, to strengthen participant programming.
h) Communicate professionally with participant’s social worker, probation agent, family members, etc.
i) Communicate regularly with Case Management Coordinator concerning participant progress.

2. Project Implementation – 45%

a) Supervise crew in the completion of conservation and community development projects.
b) Plan and coordinate in advance materials, equipment, and crew work activities.
c) Assign participant work duties effectively; motivate crew members to work together as a team.
d) Monitor project progress and quality of crew member’s work.
e) Instruct crew members in the safe use and maintenance of hand and power tools; implement and enforce all OFS safety rules, guidelines, and policies.
f) Establish and maintain a professional relationship with project sponsors.
g) Communicate regularly with Conservation and Constriction Manager and project sponsors concerning project progress, material and equipment needs, appropriate resource management or building techniques, and needed technical assistance.
h) Maintain work site in a clean, orderly, and professional manner; maintain and properly care for van, tools, and equipment.

3. Administration – 5%

a) Prepare and complete all required paper work.
b) Assist crew members to complete card copy and electronic timesheets.


1. Excellent interpersonal skills
2. Experience in teaching or counseling is desirable
3. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and good driving record required
4. Willingness to complete a background check

Please send resume and cover letter describing your relevant experience. Operation Fresh Start is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

Trysten Wenneson, Human Resource Administrator | 608-244-4721

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