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.
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.