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Minelands Crew Chief

Coalfield Development

Site Details: The Ashford farm uses sustainable, organic practices to grow lavender and raise bees on an  active coal mine site. The harvested lavender and honey are used in high quality aromatherapy, body care  and home goods products sold to retail and wholesale customers throughout the United States. The chosen  crew chief will be required to complete two weeks of training at our Highwall site in Delbarton, WV. This  training will provide context on best case practices for mine lands remediation and agricultural practices at  Coalfield Development.  

Position Summary 

Crew Chiefs will be responsible for the following: 

  1. Serve as Supervisor & Mentor to WRAPS Trainees and 33-6-3 Crew Members to ensure they  experience a combination of on-the-job training, professional certificate training and  mentorship for 33 hours per week; work alongside to model good work ethic, mentor and  coach while working, and identify opportunities for growth and learning.
  2. Lead Personal Development using provided curriculum for an additional 3 hours/week.
  3. Cooperatively coordinate training, work and personal development with your Director of  Enterprise or Program and the Human Development Team; and others to ensure smooth  communication and scheduling 
  4. Facilitate engagement in in-depth mentorship to help Trainees and Crew Members overcome  specific barriers to long-term employment success. 
  5. Execute work plans. 

As a Crew Chief at Coalfield Development a typical day might include the following: 

  • Conduct Toolbox Talks with Trainees, Crew Members and other crew personnel to cover  safety topic debrief, prepare for the day’s activities, set the day’s goals and tools/supplies  needed. 
  • Prepare and conduct the on-site work and training. 
  • Meet with Trainees and Crew Members individually to coach through progress and opportunities, and/or provide structured corrective action.
  • Arrange transportation and logistics to move crew to various worksites or training locations.
  • Answer questions from community members about Coalfield Development and the work  being done. 
  • Communicate with vendors or partners regarding needs of work plans.  

Essential Functions 

  • Executes day to day function on assigned mineland site; including apiary maintenance (bees), building or minor repairs as needed, staff support, and other essential duties related to regenerative agriculture and mineland remediation. 
  • Maintains equipment in proper working condition; anticipates equipment needs for future  projects. 
  • Reviews completed jobs and monitor projects in progress on site to assure accuracy and expediency.
  • Monitors inventory levels of supplies and feed. Assists with ordering and maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Maintains direct and close communication with Associate Director.
  • Performs site related duties as assigned.
  • Within the values, principles, and professional & personal development themes of Coalfield,  work with and mentor Trainees and Crew Members in a way that allows them to unlock their  potential, power and purpose over 33/hours each week of on-the-job training, professional  certificate training, and development of professional competencies. Allowing up to 4 hours  per week of individualized personal development work tailored to help Trainees overcome  specific, identified barriers to long-term employment success. 
  • Ensure an additional 3 hours/week is spent pursuing personal development that will be a  combination of Personal Development Journal work, Financial Literacy, and “Week Three”  activities, depending on the week. 
  • Coordinate schedules to accommodate a minimum of 6 hours of course work per/week for  Crew Members to pursue higher education and/or certification attainment. 
  • Hold Trainees and Crew Members accountable for meeting expectations including attendance; uphold and administer policies and procedures; respond to organizational data  collection efforts.
  • Coordinate with the Enterprise/Program Director and Human Development Team to identify  and schedule specific trainings; administer pre- and post- training surveys; update employee  training records; conduct all evaluations, and weekly scorecards. 
  • Coordinate with the Human Development Team to ensure each Trainee has three milestones set at any given time towards overcoming a barrier to long-term employment  success, and a plan to achieve the goals. For Crew Members, that they would be actively  setting and working towards milestones, but that the work of the completion will be outside of work hours. Facilitating time for Trainees and Crew Members to work with the  Human Development Team.

Required Skills and Knowledge 

  • Kind and professional demeanor and attitude. Must be patient and compassionate with people  and issues encountered in challenging socio-economic environments. Must understand and adopt  Coalfield’s theory of change and value system. Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic  work environment with multiple foci, locations, and collaborative partners. 
  • Experience with adult learning principles and training techniques. 
  • A good sense of humor, a willingness to learn, an inquisitive mind, a willingness to innovate, and the ability to work independently.
  • Experience with scheduling and managing people. 
  • Excellent at time management, task prioritization, and organization. 
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Proficient with computers, email, Microsoft Office, Google applications and standard  office equipment (phone, copier/printer, scanners, etc.). 

Technical Skills 

  • Equipment Maintenance – Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining  when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 
  • Equipment Selection – Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Installation – Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Operation and Control – Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is  working properly. 
  • Operations Analysis – Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. 
  • Programming – Writing computer programs for various purposes. 
  • Quality Control Analysis – Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes  to evaluate quality or performance. 
  • Repairing – Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. 
  • Technology Design – Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  • Troubleshooting – Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Experience preferred in drafting a growing plan for planting and harvest seasons. 
  • Performing general labor outdoors and moving heavy loads 
  • Operating heavy equipment that may have to be serviced in the field on short notice. 
  • Adhering to USDA and FDA food handling regulations to ensure a food-safe product. 
  • Interacting with suppliers and vendors to manage farm inventory and needed supplies.
  • Willing to learn permaculture methods and demonstrate its processes in day-to-day practices.
  • Plotting out and implementing efficient irrigation and natural fertilizer systems, tending  growing crops and keeping farm buildings and equipment in serviceable condition 

Resource Management Skills 

  • Management of Financial Resources – Determining how money will be spent to get the work  done, and accounting for these expenditures. 
  • Management of Material Resources – Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Management of Personnel Resources – Motivating, developing, and directing people as they  work 


This position reports to the Enterprise/Program Director or designee and works with limited daily  supervision. The Crew Chief will oversee the activities of a crew of up to five Trainees and Crew  Members, and a technician if applicable. 

Work Location, Hours of Work, and Working Conditions 

The normal work week is Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, as well as some weekend  availability as necessary. Working more than 40 hours per week is infrequently required when necessary  to meet critical deadlines or respond to emergencies. The site for daily reporting will be the Highwall site  in Boone County, as well as other sites proximate to Boone County as needed. The chosen candidate must  have reliable transportation to regularly attend work at their assigned location and other locations, as  required. 

  • Car travel throughout the region will be common. 
  • Access to a company owned vehicle may be required on a semi-permanent basis. 

Site Infrastructure : 

Farm infrastructure includes the apiary, a 130-ft high tunnel, tool and equipment storage containers,  water tanks, and a small office. 

Environment Conditions, Physical Activity, Physical Demands 

  • Occasionally when visiting project sites: Low temperatures. High temperatures. Outdoor elements  such as precipitation and wind. Noisy environments. 
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. 
  • Communicating with others to exchange information. 
  • Moderate work that includes lifting objects up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Climbing, lifting, carrying, bending and twisting and operating heavy equipment and hand-tools.
  • Repetitive motions such as painting, sanding, pulling weeds, folding materials, packing boxes, etc.  

Travel and Transportation Requirements 

Candidates must provide reliable transportation to their primary work location. Coalfield has a limited fleet  of vehicles and frequently carpools to minimize travel burdens on employees. Travel expenses (excluding  commutes) may be reimbursed per Coalfield’s policies and procedures. 

Required Experience and Education 

  • High School Diploma or GED is required; Associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred 
  • Three plus years of experience in a job or jobs that require high levels of interaction, facilitation, coordination, management, and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with ecological restoration and agricultural techniques.  

EEO Statement 

Coalfield Development Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and  applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race,  color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual  orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local  laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,  promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

Other duties 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities,  duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities  may change at any time with or without notice. 

Background or drug test 

Candidates for this position will be required to pass a drug test as a condition of employment.

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