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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
Fall Women's + Fire Mitigation Crew Salida, COAugust 23 to November 11, 2022Apply Here!
Fall Fire Mitigation Crew Salida, COAugust 23 to November 11, 2022Apply Here!
Fall Conservation Crew Salida, COAugust 23 to October 28, 2022Apply Here!
Fall Forestry Queer CrewDurango, COAugust 29 to November 18, 2022Apply Here!
Fall Forestry Crew MemberDurango, COAugust 29 to November 18, 2022Apply Here!
Fall Conservation Crew MemberDurango, COAugust 29 to November 4, 2022Apply Here!
Summer Start SCC Member RoleDurango or Salida, COVariousApply Here!
Alamosa Adult Crew MemberAlamosa, COFlexible Start to September 28th, 2022Apply Here!

Current open leader positions:

Position TitleLocationDatesApplication
Telluride Invasive Weeds Crew LeaderDurango, CO (all project work will take place in Telluride, CO)Flexible Start Date, no later than May 16, 2022 – September 30, 2022Apply Here!
Santa Fe National Forest Outdoor Recreation Management Leader Durango, CO (traveling to NM together)Flexible – September 30, 2022Apply Here!
Four Corners • Adult Crew LeaderDurango, COFlexible – November 11, 2022Apply Here!
Los Valles • Alamosa Adult Crew LeaderAlamosa, COMarch 29, 2022 – Early November 2022Apply Here!
Four Corners • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Durango, COFlexible – November 11, 2022Apply Here!
Los Valles • Leaders of Color Crew Leader Salida, COMarch 29, 2022 – Early November 2022Position Filled!
Los Valles • Adult Crew Leader Salida, COMarch 28th, 2022 - November 2022Position Filled!
Los Valles • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Salida, COMarch 28th, 2022 – November 4th, 2022Position Filled!
Four Corners • Queer Crew LeaderDurango, COMarch 28, 2022 – November 11, 2022Position Filled!
Four Corners • Women's + Crew LeaderDurango, COMarch 28, 2022 – November 11, 2022Position Filled!

Four Corners • Durango Recruiter contacts

Lane Tomassini, Program Coordinator

ltomassini@conservationlegacy.org

Kristen Hencke, Program Coordinator

khencke@conservationlegacy.org

Los Valles • Salida Recruiter contact

Ben Correll, Program Coordinator

ben@conservationlegacy.org

Trevor Taylor, Program Coordinator

ttaylor@conservationlegacy.org