Our Programs

Ancestral Lands Program

SCC offers a diverse set of programs that engage young people in meaningful service to our public lands and waters. Programs vary in length, location, focus and population served. Below is a list of the current programs that SCC offers.

Program Details

AmeriCorps Conservation Camping Crews: based in Durango, CO and Salida, CO

AmeriCorps conservation crew programs engage motivated young adults, ages 18 -25, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico.

AmeriCorps Crew Leader Development Program: based in Durango, CO and Salida, CO

The Crew Leader Development Program engages members with some previous experience to complete a variety of conservation projects while also receiving training and certifications to help prepare them for leadership roles with SCC or other conservation corps.

AmeriCorps Veterans Fire Corps: based in Durango, CO and Salida, CO

Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management and wildland fire. Click here for additional information.

AmeriCorps Dolores River Restoration Crews: based in Durango, CO

Dolores River Restoration Crew-noxious tree removal and riparian restoration activities on public and private lands along the Dolores River corridor in Southwest Colorado.  www.corpsriverrestoration.org

Ancestral Lands Program Crews: based in Fort Defiance, AZ; Shiprock, NM and Pueblo of Acoma, NM

Native American Corpsmembers complete meaningful conservation projects including wildlife fence construction, invasive species removal, weeds inventory, and traditional farming practices on Tribal lands.

SCC-LPI Barrio Corps Corps Crew Leader Loren Gomez and Corpsmember Miguelanjel Burns watch La Danza at La Plazita's "From Guns to Gardens" event in Albuquerque, NM.

Barrio Corps, in partnership with La Plazita Institute: based in Albuquerque, NM

Native and Latino corpsmembers work on meaningful conservation programs at Petroglyph National Monument, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and work on the La Plazita Institutes' urban farms to provide local residents with healthy and inexpensive locally grown produce. www.laplazitainstitute.org 


High School Camping Crews: based in Durango, CO

Corpsmembers complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico camping Monday-Friday with weekends off.

Local Youth Crews: based in communities in the San Luis Valley, CO

SCC youth programs provide members with conservation and job skills, leadership opportunities, challenging project work, and personal and professional development—paid summer jobs that make a difference!

Los Valles and Four Corners Internship Programs

Southwest Conservation Corps' Internship Programs place college students and recent graduates with both public and private resource managers, including federal agencies, local non-profit organizations, and small local farms focusing on sustainable agriculture. 

Typically eight to twenty weeks in duration, interns will serve at locations throughout Los Valles ( South-central Colorado in the San Luis and Upper Arkansas Valleys) and the Four Corners region of Colorado and New Mexico.   Each internship offers a unique opportunity for immersive training, career development, and positive impact--for both the intern, and the communities where we serve.  See available internships

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program: based in Southwest Colorado

Mountain Studies Institute, Southwest Conservation Corps, Bureau of Land Management-Southwest District, US Forest Service-San Juan National Forest, National Park Service-Eastern Four Corners Group, and San Juan College are members of a collaborative effort to develop public land leaders of tomorrow through the Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program.







•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


Salida Rock Work