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.
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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.
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Adult & Youth Crew Leaders
Term: April 2nd – late November 2018
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.
Crew Leader Development Program
Term: April 2nd – late November 2018.
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
Term: May 28th to mid-August or mid-November depending on position
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.
Veterans Fire Corps
Term: Various start/end dates from late March to mid-November depending on position
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.
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.
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In addition to a weekly allowance or stipend ranging from $275-$600/week, you will receive these benefits:
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After 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.
Los Valles Regional Office
Southwest Conservation Corps