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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 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.

Featured Job Openings

Now Hiring—Fall Season Crews!
AmeriCorps Conservation Camping Crews
Corpsmembers complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico. Positions begin on August 30th or September 8th for 8-10 weeks.
AmeriCorps Dolores River Restoration Crews
Crews will complete noxious tree removal and riparian restoration activities on public and private lands along the Dolores River corridor in Southwest Colorado. Positions begin September 8th for 12 weeks.
Must be between the ages of 18-25 for either Crew Team

Conservation Crew Corpsmember

Conservation Crew Corpsmember
Location: Regional offices in Salida and Durango, CO
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 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 Leaders

Crew Leader
Location: Regional offices in Salida and Durango CO; 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

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

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

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
Location: Based out of Durango, CO; work throughout the Four Corners region
Living Allowance: $325-$400/week
Ages: 21+; must be a military veteran
Dates: Up to 12 weeks; programs generally start in the spring, summer and fall

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

Team Work!

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

A Day in the Life

Featured Video: SCC Empowers Individuals!
Camp together. Work together. Learn together. Better the land; better yourself. Residential crews with the Southwest Conservation Corps blend team building with vital conservation projects in beautiful Southwest locales.

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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 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
Mandy Beatty
Recruiting Coordinator
701 Camino del Rio, Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 403-0141
[email protected]

Los Valles Regional Office
Greg Baxter
Recruiting Coordinator
701 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-2438
[email protected]

Southwest Conservation Corps
SCCorps.org

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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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