Executive Director Opening

After a short but mighty two years at the reins, in summer 2021 The C.R.E.W.’s Executive Director Jennifer Berry will be transitioning to a new phase in Wyoming. This means there is an opportunity for a dynamic, growth-oriented individual to step into the Executive Director role, leading this strong and growing organization into the coming years.


Email your resume and cover letter to Board President Mary Bergen at Interested applicants are encouraged to email with any questions about The C.R.E.W. and this opening.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

SUMMARY: The Executive Director oversees staffing, safety and operations, human resources, budgeting, community relations, and fundraising.  Location is at The C.R.E.W. office in Ojai, CA with local travel.  Salary range: $60,000 – $75,000.


Program & Staffing

  • Recruit, hire, train, and develop staff; and/or provide necessary support to management staff to recruit, hire, train, and develop team members.
  • With key staff, develop and ensure adherence to program objectives.
  • Ensure adherence in policy and practice to all current best practices and human resource laws.
  • Maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, project partners, professional development and networking partners, and leading community members.

 Board of Directors Relations

  • Plan board agendas and develop background materials for meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Facilitate strategic planning, updated at regular intervals.
  • Engage individual Board members in selected parts of operations, fundraising, or community relations.

Finance & Development

  • Prepare an annual budget to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Approve and manage expenditures.
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies.
  • Maintain consistent and positive donor relationships.
  • Serve as chief liaison with other community organizations and key constituent groups.
  • Develop seasonal and year-round projects to ensure consistent flow of work opportunities.
  • Maintain a robust grant portfolio with both recurring grants, and pursuing new opportunities.


Experience: Must have a minimum of 5 years of managerial experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, including fundraising, proposal opportunity development and proposal writing, supervising staff, and working with a Board of Directors.  Previous experience managing teams, youth and/or young adults, conservation corps, landscape-scale restoration projects, wildland fire crews, or similar, is strongly preferred.


  • Ability to manage and motivate staff members.
  • Proficiency in nonprofit financial management.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and interpersonal relations.
  • High level of proficiency in donor relations, fundraising, and grant acquisition.
  • Ability to manage complex grants and field projects.
  • Must be able to pass a Department of Justice fingerprint check.


Join The C.R.E.W.!

The C.R.E.W. is always on the lookout for motivated teens and young adults to join our co-ed team of hardworking outdoor enthusiasts.  If you want to learn new skills, work hands-on in local wildlands and communities, and earn a paycheck in the process, join The C.R.E.W.!  Check out the FAQ to learn more about what we do and apply below.
Crew Member Job Description
Crew Member (16-25) Apply Here
Crew Supervisor Job Description 
Crew Supervisor Apply Here
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: What’s the work schedule like?
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.  Team members work 2-5 days per week, with flexible scheduling to accommodate class schedules and other individual needs.
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, specialists in certain skill areas, and become supervisors to lead their own teams.
Q: What are the pay and benefits?
A: Crew members start at the current minimum wage, and pay increases are linked with each person’s reliability, attitude, and ability to learn the skills of the job.  For skills specialist and assistant supervisor positions, the pay scale starts at $17/hour (2020) depending on experience.  All staff members receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities with professionals in conservation, forestry, and related career fields.


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.