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Southwest Conservation Corps

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Adult Conservation Crews

COVID-19 Update: Dear Applicants and Potential Participants,

Our crews and individual placements have always been the foundation and driving force of this organization. The safety of our participants has always been our utmost priority. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation, we have activated an Incident Response Team and are working around the clock to monitor and manage the effects of the outbreak. Conservation Legacy and its programs are strictly following guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health agencies. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your program or recruitment staff.

As conditions change, Conservation Legacy policies will evolve—we will post our most recent updates on our website and via social media. Please stay connected for the most up to date information.

We urge everyone to follow CDC and WHO protocols to limit the spread of the virus. We hope that you and your families are well.

In Service, Conservation Legacy and Program Staff.

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The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SCC selects young adults, generally ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southwest. SCC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. The majority of SCC’s programs are residential programs, with crews camping in either front-country or back-country settings for 4-10 day periods; schedules may vary by program and region. SCC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southwest; including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels.

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

AmeriCorps conservation crew programs engage motivated young adults, ages 18 -30, 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.

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.

Current open member positions:

Position TitleLocationDatesApplication
Long Term Conservation Crew MemberSalida, COMay 29th - November 17th 2023Apply here!
Long Term Conservation Crew Member Durango, CO May 29th – November 17th, 2023 Apply here!
Summer Conservation Crew Member Durango, CO or Salida, CO May 29th – August 11th, 2023 Apply here!
Women's+ Saw Crew MemberSalida, CO May 29th - August 11th 2023Apply here!
Women's+ Conservation Crew Member Durango, CO May 29th – August 11th, 2023 Apply here!
Four Corners Queer Conservation Crew Member Durango, CO May 29th – August 11th or November 17th, 2023 (flexible) Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew MemberDurango, COJanuary 16th – March 24, 2023Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew MemberSalida, COMay 8th - October 27th 2023Apply here!
Leaders of Color Crew MemberSalida, COMay 29th - October 27th 2023Apply here!
Fuels and Fire Saw Crew MemberSalida, COMay 29th - October 27th 2023Apply here!
Alamosa Adult Crew Member Salida, COMay 29th - August 11th 2023Apply here!
Crew Member: Vegetation Monitoring with the BLM on the Western SlopeDolores, Montrose, or Grand Junction, CO Grand Junction, CO April 17th – September 29th, 2023Apply here!
Crew Member: Vegetation Monitoring across New Mexico and ColoradoBLM Field Offices in Gunnison, Canyon City, Monte Vista, Taos, Farmington, Albuquerque, Socorro, Roswell, or CarlsbadMay 8th - October 20th, 2023Apply here!
SJNF Rangeland Management Crew MemberDurango, COMay 29th – August 11th, 2023Apply here!
NFWF Noxious Weeds Strike Crew MemberDurango, COMay 29th – August 25th, 2023Apply here!
Pagosa Ranger District Wilderness Crosscut Strike Team MemberPagosa Springs, COMay 29th – August 11th, 2023Apply here!
Santa Fe National Forest Strike Team MemberDurango, CO;
Project work in Santa Fe National Forest, NM
May 29th – August 11th, 2023Apply here!


Current open leader positions:

Field Supervisor Salida, CO March 13, 2023 – October 27, 2023Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew LeaderDurango, COJanuary 9 - March 24, 2023 (with option to extend through November)Apply here!
Adult Crew LeaderDurango, COMarch 27 - Nov 18, 2023Apply here!
Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) Durango, COMarch 27 - Nov 18, 2023Apply here!
QUEER Crew LeaderDurango, COMarch 27 - Nov 18, 2023Apply here!
Women's+ Crew Leader Durango, COMarch 27 - Nov 18, 2023Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew LeaderSalida, COMarch 27 – October 27, 2023Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Salida, COMarch 27 – October 28, 2023Apply here!
Crew Leader (Adult or Youth Crew)Salida, CO or Alamosa, COMarch 27 – Nov 3, 2023Apply here!
Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) Salida, CO or Alamosa, COMarch 27 - Nov 3, 2023Apply here!

Four Corners • Durango Recruiter contacts

Lane Tomassini, Program Coordinator

ltomassini@conservationlegacy.org

Kristen Hencke, Program Coordinator

khencke@conservationlegacy.org

Los Valles • Salida Recruiter contact

Trevor Taylor, Program Coordinator

ttaylor@conservationlegacy.org