Ancestral Lands

Ancestral Lands

Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands.  With programs in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, and most recently Zuni Pueblo; Ancestral Lands crews have being working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction and more.  The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.

Meet some of our Ancestral Lands Corpsmembers here!



Click here for more information about Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands programs.



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Ancestral Lands 2017 VISTA Positions

AL VISTA Position at Nebraska National Forest in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota

AL VISTA Position based in AL Navajo Office in Gallup, NM

AL VISTA Position based in AL Zuni Office in Zuni, NM

AL VISTA Position at Knife River Indian Village NHS in Stanton, North Dakota

AL VISTA Position at Bandelier NM in Los Alamos, NM

AL VISTA Position at Hawai'i Volcanoes NP in Hawai'i

AL VISTA Position at Saguaro NP

AL VISTA Position at Mesa Verde NP

AL VISTA Position at Mississippi River NSR

AL VISTA Position at Glacier NPS

AL VISTA Position at Valle De Oro


Ancestral Lands 2017 Internship Positions

Traditional Food Systems Sustainability and Revitalization Internship based in Zuni or Acoma, NM

Bio-science Technician doing river monitoring work at Glen Canyon NRA in Page, AZ

Archaeology Technician ( 3 position) at Gila National Forest 

Native Youth Programs Community Engagement Intern at NPS IMRO in Denver, CO

Biology Technician at Knife River Indian Villages NHS in Stanton, ND

Historical Interpretation Display Design at Ft. Laramie NHS in Goshen County, WY 



Acoma Crew Member Positions: 

*All crew members positions for 2017 have been fill. Please check back in early 2018


Albuquerque Crew Member Positions: 

Barrio Youth Corps Crew Member based in Albuquerque, NM


Hopi Crew Member Positions:

High School Native Conservation Corps (14 - 17 years old) based in Kykotsmovi, AZ

Hopi Adult Conservation Corps Crew (18 - 30 years old) based in Kykotsmovi, AZ

Assistant Crew Leader based in Kykotsmovi, AZ


Navajo Crew Member Positions:

Chainsaw/Fence/GIS Americorp Crew Member based in Gallup, NM.

Farm Crew Member based in Ganado, AZ 

High School Native Conservation Crew based in Gallup, NM

Native Adult College Crew based in Gallup, NM


Zuni Crew Member Positions:

Ancestral Lands Zuni - Saw/Fence Adult Crew Member based in Zuni, NM.

Ancestral Lands Zuni - Historic Preservation Adult Crew Member based in Zuni, NM



Acoma Crew Leader Postions:

Ancestral Lands Farm Corps Crew Leader based in Acoma, NM

Albuquerque Crew Member Positions: 

Barrio Youth Corps Crew Leader based in Albuquerque, NM

Navajo Crew Leader Positions:

Ancestral Lands Chainsaw Crew Leader based in Gallup, NM

Ancestral Lands Native Youth Crew Leader based in Gallup, NM

Zuni Crew Leader Positions:

Ancestral Lands Senior Crew Leader based in Zuni, NM


Contact Lance for Navajo programs:
lance@conservationlegacy.org or 505-722-9755 (O) or 505-713-7497 (C)
Contact Aaron for Acoma, NM programs:
aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084
Contact Ryan A. for Zuni, NM programs:
raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-0101




“As we concluded our first hitch, we were about 25 times dirtier and 5 times more sore, but we will forever live happily ever after in the land of towering aspens and dust."


•Trail Maintenance & Construction

•Fire Fuels Reduction/Mitigation

•Watershed Restoration

•Desert Restoration

•Mining Reclamation/Restoration

•Tree Planting and Seeding

•Route/Road Closure

•Invasive Species Management

•Fence Construction/Maintenance

•Fire Rehabilitation

•Historic Preservation

•Inventorying and Mapping

•Sustainable/Historic Agriculture

•Weatherization/Energy Efficiency

•Parks/Campground Maintenance

•Disaster Response/Relief


•Water Conservation

Who We Select

SCC seeks applicants who are interested in fully committing to the program, who are willing to overcome any challenges and those who will take advantage of the opportunities, skills and trainings that are offered throughout their term of service. SCC wants those who will benefit from and contribute the most to the program; previous experience is not required for most positions