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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 Tucson, Arizona, Durango, Colorado, and Salida, Colorado. SCC engages young adults, ages 16-25, to complete conservation work projects on public lands through the Southwest. SCC has a strong environmental education component, and 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.

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Veterans Fire Corps
Location: Based out of Durango, CO or Tucson, AZ; work throughout the Four Corners region and southern AZ
Living Allowance: $325-$400/week
Ages: 21+; must have served in U.S. Armed Forces with DD214 discharge papers
Dates: Up to 12 weeks; programs generally start in the spring, summer and fall

Veterans Fire Corps

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 22-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or family commitments.

Southwest Conservation Corps: leadership, teamwork, work skills, conflict resolution skills, environmental stewardship and personal responsibility

SCC is currently seeking a VFC Crew Leader based out of the Four Corners Region to begin this April!

The Veterans Fire Corps Crew Leader will train and motivate a crew of six veterans to efficiently complete fuels mitigation projects on public lands; transport crew safely in SCC’s 12-passenger vans or large SUV’s; manage, supervise and participate in daily project work; maintain a healthy, inclusive and equitable social environment amongst crew members; coordinate logistics with project sponsors, program staff, and co-leader and more!

Compensation includes a $460-$540 weekly stipend, paid training, and food while in the food. Position is available from April 28th through October 7th, with potential year-round extension.

Preference is given to those with previous wildland firefighting/fuels management and outdoor leadership experience as well as experience working with military veterans. For more information contact Chas Robles through email or by calling him direct at (970) 216-5988. Read the full job description and apply now »

Arizona Conservation Corps

The AmeriCorps-affiliated Arizona Conservation Corps is now seeking TWO Veterans Fire Corps Crew Supervisors based out of Tucson, Arizona — with positions to be filled ASAP!

The Crew Supervisor’s primary role is to provide high quality, consistent solo field leadership for seasonal Veteran Fire Corps crews. The Crew Supervisor will also assist with corps member selection, admissions, program logistics, planning and facilitating member orientations and trainings, managing project partner relationships, and end of season reporting. This is a full-time seasonal position, with permanent hire within 3-6 months.

Compensation includes $28,000-$32,000 per year, plus paid time off and health insurance stipend. Paid professional development and training opportunities may include WFR refresher, advanced wildland fire course work, and other opportunities as they come about.

Applicants must have experience and/or the desire to work exclusively with recent era military veterans as well as strong technical skills including trail maintenance, chainsaw operation and maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing, ecological restoration, and backcountry work and travel.

To apply send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Brian Gold, or connect with him at (520) 235-4896 for more information.

Conservation Crew Corpsmember
Location: Regional offices in Salida, CO, Durango, CO & Tucson, AZ
Living Allowance: $275/week
Ages: 16-25
Dates: Residential position lasting a minimum of four weeks with start dates in January, March, May, June, July, August & September

Conservation Crew Corpsmember

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.

Crew Leader
Location: Regional offices in Salida, CO, Durango CO & Tucson, AZ; work throughout the Four Corners region
Stipend: $460-$540/week
Ages: 21+
Dates: Program length ranges from 6-12 weeks, with a 10-month position option available. Positions begin in January, March, April, May, June, August & September

Crew Leaders

Southwest Conservation Corps' Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to the program's success. The position is also multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, and the desire to devote themselves (at least seasonally!) to youth and the environment. The Crew Leader position requires both supervisory and technical aptitude, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.

Crew Leader Development Program
Location: Programs based in Tucson, AZ, Durango, CO & Salida, CO
Living Allowance: $275/week
Ages: 21+
Dates: 6 month positions beginning in March, May and June

Crew Leader Development Program

The focus of the Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is leadership, Corpsmember development, and conservation skills over a six-month period. During the first phase, participants are placed as Corpsmembers where they will work and learn conservation skills with experienced crew leaders on conservation projects in CO, NM and AZ. 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.

Perks & Rewards

Team Work!

In addition to a weekly allowance or stipend ranging from $275-$565/week, you will receive these benefits:
Perks! Meals
Perks! Uniform
Perks! Paid training
Perks! Worker's compensation coverage
Perks! Travel
Perks! AmeriCorps education award ranging from $1,415 to $5,350 (if eligible)

A Day in the Life

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Browse Service Opportunities After you've had a chance to absorb all of SCC's job opportunities, feel free to email or call the Recruiting Coordinator with your questions. An online application can be filled out for each position you are interested in; application confirmation will be sent to you within a week. If selected, either a phone or in-person interview is conducted.

Four Corners Regional Office
Recruiting Coordinator
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Camino del Rio, Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 403-0141
[email protected]

Los Valles Regional Office
Recruiting Coordinator
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 580-5878
[email protected]

Sonoran Desert Regional Office
Recruiting Coordinator
Southwest Conservation Corps
1376 West St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 884-5550, x1
[email protected]

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