JOIN THE CREW
Interested in joining us on the trail?
The C.R.E.W. is looking for highly motivated young adults who want to learn new skills, better understand the ecosystems in their own communities, and earn a paycheck in the process. Check out the FAQ to learn more about what we do and apply below.
Q: Do I need experience?
A: Crew members don’t need any previous experience, just the ability to come to work on time and an enthusiasm for working hard and learning new skills.
Supervisors and lead crew members need prior experience, which is described in detail in their job descriptions.
Q: Do I need to live in Ojai to work at The C.R.E.W. ?
A: No! C.R.E.W. members come from every surrounding town, including Santa Paula, Oak View, Ventura, Oxnard, Fillmore.
Q: Kinda hot out there in the summer, isn’t it??
A: The C.R.E.W. works outdoors year-round, and year-round it’s hard, sweaty work. To keep our teams safe, The C.R.E.W. adheres to strict standards and best practices around heat illness, and will cancel or end work early if conditions become dangerous. In addition, every single employee that we hire receives specific training in recognizing and preventing heat-related health hazards in themselves and their teammates, so that they are prepared to prevent heat illness before it happens.
Q: How early am I going to have to wake up?
A: Part of our strategy for beating the heat is to start the day early. Teams meet at the office at 6:30am on most days, with Supervisors arriving beforehand to prepare the team vehicles with the tools and supplies needed for the day.
Q: Do I need to have a high school diploma?
A: No. As a member of The C.R.E.W., learning new skills is part of the job.
Q: Is there room for growth at The C.R.E.W. ?
A: Absolutely. C.R.E.W. Members who learn the skills and are ready for more responsibility can become C.R.E.W. Leaders, and then at age 26+, become Supervisors and lead their own teams.
The C.R.E.W. provides employment and leadership training to teens and young adults through hands-on environmental work. Since 1991, C.R.E.W. members work year-round to maintain trails, restore habitats, and reduce the risk of wildfire, while building skills and developing relationships that last a lifetime.