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 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.
|Staff Position Openings||
Four Corners Program Director
The Program Director is responsible for the execution and overall quality of all programs run out of SCC’s Four Corners office. The Director will manage the administrative and logistical details of the program, serve as the information/communication hub for program staff, oversee operational support of crews, supervise staff providing support to crews in the field, and maintain timely and effective communication with project partners. The position is approximately 70% office-based and 30% field-based, with field visits that may include overnight stays. View the complete job description and apply now »
Ancestral Lands GIS Monitoring Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator’s primary role is to oversee a new invasive species monitoring program through leadership, technical support, and administrative coordination. The program is developed in partnership with the Navajo Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs and Southwest Conservation Corps’ (SCC) Ancestral Lands Program. Primary responsibilities are to coordinate, manage, and ensure the quality completion of noxious weeds survey projects and attainment of SCC’s mission. Additional responsibilities are to serve as the technology specialist for the program to maintain and troubleshoot technology problems including ARC GIS, Geo-Spatial technology, tablet/hardware, mapping software, Microsoft Office and communication equipment. View the complete job description and apply now »
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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.
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
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 and NM. 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.
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 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or family commitments.
|Perks & Rewards||
In addition to a weekly allowance or stipend ranging from $275-$565/week, you will receive these benefits:
|A Day in the Life||
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|Connections & Application||
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.
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