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Southwest Conservation Corps

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Adult Conservation Crews

COVID-19 Update: Dear Applicants and Potential Participants,

Beginning January 1, 2023 Conservation Legacy will no longer require COVID-19 vaccination for members, staff or volunteers.

COVID-19 vaccinations are still highly recommended and encouraged by the organization, and we will closely monitor the national picture as well as our own trends and protocols as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

In Service,

Conservation Legacy and Program Staff


Crew member fills up a water bottle


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.

Adult Conservation Crews • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

Position TileLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Short-term Fall Conservation Crew MemberDurango, CO • Four Corners RegionAugust 26 - November 11, 2024Apply here!
Short-term Fall Conservation Crew Member Salida, CO • Los Valles RegionAugust 19 - November 8, 2024Apply here!

Adult & Youth Programs Leadership • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

Position TitleLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Adult Program Crew LeaderSalida, CO • Los Valles RegionVarying Start Dates (Applications accepted on rolling basis) - Late October or Early November, 2024Apply here!
Adult Program Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Salida, CO • Los Valles RegionVarying Start Dates (Applications accepted on rolling basis) - Late October or Early November, 2024Apply here!
Youth Program Crew Leader
Salida, CO • Los Valles RegionVarying Start Dates (April 2, April 16, May 13) - August 14, 2024 (with potential to extend)Apply here!
Youth Program Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Salida, CO • Los Valles RegionVarying Start Dates (April 2, April 16, May 13) - August 14, 2024 (with potential to extend)Apply here!
Adult Program Crew Leader Durango, CO • Four Corners RegionMarch 25 - November 15, 2024Apply here!
Adult Program Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Durango, CO • Four Corners RegionMarch 25 - November 15, 2024Apply here!

Small Teams • Ecological Monitoring, Strike Team, & Watershed Programs

Position TileLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Long-term Ecological Monitoring Crew MemberLas Cruces, NMApril 15 - December 20, 2024Apply here!
Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader in New MexicoMultiple positions available in Farmington & Las CrucesApril 1, 2024 - March 28, 2025Apply here!
Ecological Monitoring Crew Member in ColoradoMontrose, COApril 15 - October 4, 2024Apply here!
Ecological Monitoring Crew Member in New MexicoMultiple positions available in Farmington, Las Cruces, & RoswellApril 15 - October 4, 2024Apply here!

Veterans Fire Corps • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

There are currently no open positions; please check back at a later date.

Four Corners • Durango Recruiter contacts

Greta Binzen, Program Coordinator

gbinzen@conservationlegacy.org

Los Valles • Salida Recruiter contacts

Brittany LeTendre, Program Manager

bletendre@conservationlegacy.org

Emma Karlok, Program Coordinator

ekarlok@conservationlegacy.org