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Southwest Conservation Corps

Ancestral Lands

THE ANCESTRAL LANDS MODEL is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy. To date there are 17 different Ancestral Lands programs operating both nationally and on the local level.


Conservation Legacy established the Ancestral Lands program model in 2008 based at Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and has since worked with multiple Native American communities to expand and replicate this model.

Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands.  With programs in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, and most recently Zuni Pueblo; Ancestral Lands crews have being working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction and more.  The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.


Join Ancestral Lands!

Please see the table below for all open Ancestral Lands positions. Click the 'Apply Here' link to learn more and to apply. 

Position TitleDateLocation and ProgramApplication
Ancestral Lands Veterans Fire Corps- Corpsmember
August 20th, 2018- February 2019Gallup, NM • NavajoApply Here
Ancestral Lands Navajo Fall 2018 Conservation Crew MemberAugust 20th - DecemberGallup, NM • NavajoApply Here
Jemez Recreation Management InternshipSummer 2018Jemez Springs, NMApply Here
Adult Crew MemberSummer 2018Acoma Pueblo, NM• AcomaApply Here
Summer Crew MemberSummer 2018Acoma Pueblo, NM• AcomaApply Here
Hopi Saw Crew
August 20th-October or November
Kykotsmovi, AZ • HopiApply Here
Hopi Conservation Crew
August 20th-October or NovemberKykotsmovi, AZ • HopiApply Here
Crew MemberSpring/Summer 2018Zuni, NM • ZuniApply Here
Crew LeaderSpring/Summer 2018Zuni, NM • ZuniApply Here
Assistant Crew LeaderSpring/Summer 2018Zuni, NM • ZuniApply Here
Urban Native Conservation Corps Crew Member (18 and up)August 20, 2018 - December 21, 2018Albuquerque, NMApply Here


ANCESTRAL LANDS OVERVIEW: Types of programming and locations where Ancestral Lands programs operate.

PARTNER WITH US: Follow this link for more information about becoming a partner with Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands program and what types of projects are possible. 


Field Staff Contact


Shonto Greyeyes, Program Coordinator or 505-879-0145


Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator or 505-552-4084


Ryan Aguilar, Program Coordinator or 505-870-0101


Marshall Masayesva, Program Coordinator or 505-713-8786

Program Staff Contact

Chas Robles, Program Director or 970.403.0146  

Chako, National Program Coordinator or 505.870.4810