Southwest Conservation Corps: Empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. Browse through current job listings.

Better the land; better yourself. Residential Crews with the Southwest Conservation Corps blend team building with vital conservation projects in beautiful Southwest locales.

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a nonprofit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization with offices in Durango and Salida, Colorado. SCC engages youth and young adults, ages 14-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southwest. SCC has a strong focus on technical conservation skills and place-based environmental education. The work is a vehicle for many other development opportunities. Life skills are learned via formal lessons, on-the-job training, and the process of communal living. The majority of SCC's programs are residential programs, with crews camping in either front or backcountry settings for nine to eleven-day periods. SCC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southwest, including at-risk youth, college graduates, Veterans and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels.

Seasonal Job Overview

Exciting, challenging, rewarding—there is no one word to describe participating in SCC. You’ll learn, but it will take hard work and sweat. You’ll complete great service projects, but it won’t always be easy. You’ll meet some great people, but you won’t always see eye-to-eye. It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and communities, and giving something back. Positions range from 10 weeks to 8+ months, with opportunities available year-round.

Now Hiring 2018 Crews!
SCC Four Corners is currently hiring qualified applicants for Crew Leader, Crew Leader in Development Program (CLDP) and Crew Corpsmember positions for Adult, Youth, and Veterans programs from April to mid-November (various start/end dates)! Multiple positions opened until filled.

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Featured Job Openings

Crew Leader Development Program

Adult & Youth Crew Leaders
Work with middle school and high school youth and/or young adults ages 18-25.

Term: April 2nd – late November 2018
Wages: $460-$600/week DOE/DOQ
Health Benefits: Health benefit eligible, 5 days PTO (structured in August) and 5 days of discretionary time
Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (certificate awarded upon completion of program), and continued development opportunities

Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

Conservation Crew Corpsmember

Crew Leader Development Program
Gain leadership and conservation skills alongside a mentor as you work with youth and/or young adults.

Term: April 2nd – late November 2018.
Wages: Living stipend of $375/week with a $2,907 AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program
Benefits: 5 days PTO and 5 days of discretionary time. Food provided while in the field, plus uniforms, protective equipment and U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (certificate awarded upon completion of program).
WFR: CLDP Members will also be provided with Wilderness First Responder/CPR/AED training. There will be a WFR course available in Durango from March 23rd–30th through Desert Mountain Medicine. Other acceptable WFR courses and recertification courses can be reimbursed, but must be taken prior to the start of the season.

The focus of the Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is on leadership, Corpsmember development, and conservation skills. During the first phase, participants are placed as Corpsmembers where they will work and learn conservation skills with experienced crew leaders on conservation projects. While gaining valuable conservation skills, CLDP members will learn outdoor leadership and mentorship skills. During the second phase, CLDP members will be placed in leadership opportunities that may include positions on conservation crews, youth crews, specialized technical crews and/or individual projects.

Conservation Crew Corpsmembers

Conservation Crew Corpsmembers
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.

Term: May 28th to mid-August or mid-November depending on position
Living Allowance & Benefits: $275/week, AmeriCorps education award, WFA certification, chainsaw training, and food and personal protective equipment provided during work time
Ages: 18-25

Conservation Crew Corpsmembers will complete projects that may include trail construction and maintenance, fencing, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction and re-vegetation. Each crew consists of six members and two leaders. Crews work and camp for eleven days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions and at a variety of national parks, national forests and other areas throughout the Southwest. Crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores.

Forging the Trail!

Veterans Fire Corps
Work with post-9/11 military Veterans as a Leader and help them train and prepare for careers in wildland fire fighting or gain on-the-job experience as a Crew Member.

Term: Various start/end dates from late March to mid-November depending on position
Living Allowance: $520-$600/week DOE/DOQ plus health benefits and paid time off (Leaders); $375/week + $1,538 AmeriCorps education award (Corps Members)
Additional Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, wildland fire certifications and trainings

Veterans Fire Corps provides purposeful service and training opportunities for current era veterans interested in gaining experience in natural resource and wildland fire careers. The program engages veterans to work together on crews completing natural resource management projects, fuel reduction, fire mitigation and other fire-related projects on public lands. Project work and schedule will vary depending on region and season. Training will focus on gaining conservation skills and career development services for veterans interested in pursuing employment opportunities with land management. The program provides training opportunities and contact with future employers for current era veterans who are transitioning from the military to jobs and opportunities in the civilian sector. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age looking to work in Wildland Fire.


You will experience the unique and beautiful Southwest from many perspectives with SCC!

SCC is based out of the Four Corners region in Durango (located near the San Juan National Forest, Mesa Verde National Park, and all things Utah) and the Los Valles region in Salida (north of the San Luis Valley home of Great Sand Dunes National Park and south of the Colligate Peaks Wilderness, home of several 14’ners).

From 14,000-foot snow covered mountains, to deep canyons carved by rivers millions of years ago, you will experience the unique and beautiful Southwest from many perspectives with SCC. Travel places few people have been, places covered in history, beauty and true wild areas.

Perks & Rewards

Enjoying a break!

In addition to a weekly allowance or stipend ranging from $275-$600/week, you will receive these benefits:
AmeriCorps education award ranging from $1,212 to $5,350 (if eligible)
Paid training
Worker's compensation coverage

Connections & Application

The faces of the Southwest Conservation Corps

Southwest Conservation CorpsAfter you've had a chance to absorb all of SCC's job opportunities, feel free to email the Program Coordinator with your questions. An online application can be filled out for each position you are interested in, and application confirmation will be sent to you. If selected, either a phone or in-person interview is conducted.

Four Corners Regional Office
Teresa DiTore and Ryan Brink
Recruiting Coordinators
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Camino del Rio, Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301

Los Valles Regional Office
Dylan Lang
Recruiting Coordinator
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201

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Conservation Legacy is a national organization dedicated to supporting locally based conservation service programs that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce.

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