NRBB 1001 - Crew Leadership with Outdoor Stewardship Institute

  • Noncredit
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This course in crew leadership is designed for individuals, volunteer organizations, or land management agencies interested in building skills in leading crews and managing teams and in training about basic safety, tool use, and crew leadership principles. It is taught by the Outdoor Stewardship Institute of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.
In this course, crew leader trainees will:
• Learn effective teaching and leadership techniques.
• Know how to work with individuals and their team to produce desired project result in a safe manner.
• Know about tools and tool safety, including tool identification, carrying, use, and storage.
• Know how to assess risks to avoid injury.
• Understand individual learning styles and the importance of listening.
• Learn various conflict management skills.
You may take this as a single course or as part of the entire Outdoor Steward program, which includes further field-based training in either trails or ecological restoration.
Part Two and Three of the Crew Leadership for Trails Certification
If you are looking to complete the three-part process of becoming a crew leader, the next step is complete the technical modules for trails or ecological restoration, where trainees will learn about basic technical skills for trail or restoration projects and practice these skills combined with what they learn online. After the technical modules, you will must participate in an in-person, field-based training to finish out the process. Contact Dan Williams, Senior Projects and Training Manager at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado for more information.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbook and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Linda Strand

Linda Strand spent 31 years managing parks and open space for the City of Aurora. She has been involved with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado since 1986 as a crew leader, technical advisor, trainer/instructor and board member. She is a current member of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board of trustees. In addition to instructing, she works with VOC’s Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) on curriculum development, including developing and piloting online content for Volunteer Project Management and Crew Leadership.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams is the Senior Projects and Trainings Manager for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, where he manages VOC’s training program, the Outdoor Stewardship institute. He is the instructor and the current facilitator for our online crew leadership training course.