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Southwest Conservation Corps

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Empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment

Conservation service programs for youth, young adults and veterans

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) provides youth, young adults, and veterans with structured, safe and challenging service and educational opportunities through projects that promote personal growth, the development of social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. The Southwest Conservation Corps program model incorporates guiding principles of experiential learning, respect, openness and willingness, commitment, responsibility, pride, excellence, health, safety, and fun. SCC is a program of Conservation Legacy that was founded in 1998 to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s.

Southwest Conservation Corps offers programs year-round based in regional offices located in Durango and Salida, CO. SCC operates a continuum of programs from community-based initiatives for teens to backcountry camping crews for high school and college aged individuals along with leadership programs for college graduates and job training programs specifically for current era veterans. Programs are completed in partnership with public land agency managers and most are AmeriCorps programs.

Southwest Conservation Corps is a Program of Conservation Legacy

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If you weren't able to attend our Virtual Showcase last week, click the link to watch the recording!


This is the BEST way to learn about our work in communities and conservation and to find out about open opportunities!


Hear from alumni, meet some of our staff, and learn about our diverse programs. We are ALWAYS hiring.

Conservation Legacy Showcase