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Conservation Crew Lead

Location: Park City, Utah
Salary: $22-25/ hour + overtime




Conservation Crew Lead



The Crew Lead position serves a critical place in the organization of Alpine Forestry, as they are the link between the crew members, crew foreman, and ultimately the management team.  The Lead will oversee the day to day operations of the crew in the absence of the foreman, and will be the constant presence on all job sites.  Leadership, mentorship, and communication are key components of the Lead role; attention to detail, safety, crew member well being, and overall knowledge and awareness of company goals and expectations are paramount.  


We expect the Lead to gain a knowledge and understanding of every facet of Alpine Forestry operations, and strive for excellence by asking questions, providing feedback, participating in training, and taking initiative.  This position is physically and mentally demanding, the work is strenuous and complex, and it requires a high level of personal commitment.  Some duties and responsibilities listed below are shared with the foreman and crew members.  The Crew Lead must possess the ability to work up and down the organizational chart to fill roles as needed to ensure a safe and effective working environment.  


Duties and Responsibilities:


Operations and Logistics 80%


Chainsaw Operations - The foundational skills and daily tasks for AF employees.  


Daily inspection and maintenance of chainsaws, saw kits, felling axes

Troubleshoot chainsaw issues and makes them known to the saw boss 

Remove defective equipment from service, marked with flagging, and a note as to the issue

Ensure adequate saws are available for each project  

Ensure fuel is properly mixed and in adequate quantities for each project

Ensure a medical plan is in place, 1st aid kit is on site, and its location known to all

Ensure site safety plan is complete and crew is briefed

Provide overall project briefings and individual crew assignments

Provide training and oversight to crew members

Ensure PPE is worn by everyone on site

Ensure adequate drinking water for daily operations


  • Homeowner

    • Ranges from small “lot beautification” to large parcel “land management”

    • Cut and load trailer, cut and pile, cut and chip are commonly used treatments

    • Technical felling

    • Arborist operations


  • Land Management

    • Larger scale work for Federal, State, County, Local Gov, ect

    • Cut and pile, cut and chip, lop and scatter

    • Technical felling


Arborist Operations - Make up about 15% of the work at AF, and an aspect we continue to grow.  


Daily inspection of ropes, winches, climbing and rigging equipment

Remove defective equipment from service, marked with flagging, and a note as to the issue

Ensure appropriate equipment is available for the project  

Ensure fuel is properly mixed and adequate for the project

Ensure a medical plan is in place, 1st aid kit is on site and location known to all

Ensure site safety plan is complete and crew is briefed

Provide overall project briefings and individual crew assignments

Ensure PPE is worn by everyone on site


  • Homeowner

    • Tree climbing or bucket work

      • Trimming

      • Removals


  • Contracts

    • Tree climbing or bucket work

      • Trimming

      • Removals


Chipper, Trailer, and Equipment Operations - Make up about 10% of the work at AF.  We own a tracked chipper, dump trailer, utility trailer, two truck mounted water tanks with pumps, and work with other specialized equipment as needed.


Ensure chipper maintenance is up to date, notes and relays any deficiencies 

Ensure remote control goes with the chipper and is fully charged after each shift

Safely load and unload chipper

Plan travel routes and use pilot vehicles and spotters as needed

Pre scout site specific loading zones and access

Ensure fuel and chipper maintenance tools are adequate for the project

Ensure crew is briefed on operation

Ensure PPE is worn by everyone on site

Identify plans for chip dispersal or removal 

Occasional work with rental or subcontractor equipment such as skid steers, loaders, lifts or bucket trucks, cranes, ect.


  • Local work 

    • Homeowner 

    • Land Management


  • Fire Assignments

    • 14 day (plus travel) available nationally - crew of 3 firefighters.


Prescribed Fire - Makes up about 20% of the work at AF.  A highly dynamic piece of the puzzle that we intend to expand as we continue to train employees and bring additional qualifications to the team.


Ensure burn plans are in place and notifications have been made

Verify the current weather forecast and that local conditions are representative of the forecast

Ensure adequate personnel for the burn

Ensure adequate firing equipment; full drip torches, extra drip mix, full propane torches with wands, flash 21 gel, and ignition devices 

Ensure adequate holding equipment; hand tools, backpack pumps, pump and tank rig(full and tested), hose, fittings, etc.

“Prescribed fire do not report” signs strategically placed

Ensure crew is briefed on operation

Ensure PPE is worn by everyone on site


  • Pile Burning

    • Burning of slash piles for homeowners, landowners, and government entities.

  • Broadcast Burning

    • Strategically burning larger tracts of land to reduce fuel, or accomplish resource objectives on private or public land.


Wildfire - Currently a small part of operations at AF.  Tracked chipper is on a federal contract for wildfire support.  We have 1 faller on federal contract for wildfire suppression and intent to continue to build competent sawyers who may fill this role in the future.  


  • Single Faller or Falling team - 14 day (plus travel) available nationally.

  • Chipper assignment.

  • Opportunities with local crews for wildfire experience. 


Office and Shop 20%


Assist crew members with timekeeping and help ensure time is reported accurately and tracked to a specific project.

Participate in project planning and crew member assignments. 

Work as a tech assistant to map and flag projects, gather aerial imagery, provide useful data for ArcGis Field Maps, etc. 

Support the Fire and Fuels consulting team and gain a working knowledge of this aspect of AF.

Help organize and conduct training for the crew.

Provide timely feedback from projects and share pertinent information from the field including personnel and equipment issues.

Participate in biannual crewmember performance reviews with the foreman and management team.  

Ensure vehicle logs are completed and vehicles are clean, fueled, and ready to go for the next operational shift.

Assist in the maintenance and repair of vehicles.

Assist in the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment.

Help ensure the shop and equipment yard are operational, with adequate supplies for ongoing operations.

Take on a specialty area of the business to focus on, assign duties, and report up. (Facilities, vehicles, equipment, gear, medical)




Training is an integral and critical part of work with AF.  Formal structured courses, and OJT opportunities exist throughout the year as folks build skills, become exposed to additional operations, express interest, and show initiative.  Some baseline courses will be required of all employees, while other more specialized training will be prioritized by rank in the organization, aptitude for certain skills, career goals of the employee, and the needs of AF.




  • Basic Wildland Firefighter S-130 / S-190 / ICS-100 / L-180

  • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Operations S-212 

  • Truck and trailer operations

  • Chipper operations

  • Water delivery operations for prescribed fire; pump and hose lay 




  • Commercial Drivers License

  • Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (CWMS)

  • NWCG Wildfire and Prescribed fire classes and task books

  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 3 (RXB3)

  • Advanced chainsaw and felling techniques

  • Drone Pilot

  • Mapping and technology (ArcGIS)

  • Arborist climbing, rigging, trimming and removals, species identification, ect.

  • CPR, 1st aid, WFR


Compensation, Term, and Benefits:


  • $22 - $25 per hour

  • Overtime at 1.5x’s over 40 hrs per week

  • 8 month desired commitment, April-November with opportunity for extending

  • $300 annual supplemented life insurance

  • $300 annual boot and outdoor gear stipend 

  • Personal use of Company tools, vehicles, and gear (with prior approval)

  • Paid training

Application Period: Interested parties would need to submit a resume, professional references, and a cover letter by March 31st, 2022 to Please direct any questions to David Telian at 435-400-4154.

Employer Info

3070 Rasmussen Rd.
Park City, Utah 84098


  • Climber
  • General Foreman
  • Manager
  • Other
  • Supervisor

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