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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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Ancestral Lands Program

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.

See crew positions available below, and full-time staff opportunities here!

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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, Zuni Pueblo, Hopi Pueblo, and Albuquerque. 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.

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Crew Member Positions

Please see the table below for our Crew Member positions. Click the 'Apply Here' link to learn more and to apply.

*Please note: Start dates may be affected by COVID-19. Please contact program staff for more details. Refer here for the latest updates!

PositionLocationDateApplication
Hopi • Crew MemberKykotsmovi, AZSep 14 - Dec 12, 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque • Fall Conservation Crew MemberAlbuquerque, NMOct 26 - Dec 2020Apply Here!
Acoma • Farm and Conservation • Crew MemberAcoma Pueblo, NMMay 18 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Alumni Crew MemberZuni, NMMar 23 - late Sep 2020Apply Here!

Leadership Opportunities

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

*Please note: Start dates may be affected by COVID-19. Please contact program staff for more details. Refer here for the latest updates!


Position TitleLocationDateApplication
Albuquerque Fall Crew LeaderAlbuquerque, NMOct 26 - Dec 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque Fall Leadership MemberAlbuquerque, NMOct 26 - Dec 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Crew Leader Development Program Crew LeaderZuni, NMJuly 1 – Dec 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Crew Leader Development Program Leadership MemberZuni, NMJuly 1 – Dec 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Alumni Crew LeaderZuni, NMJuly 1 – Dec 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Alumni Leadership MemberZuni, NMJuly 1 – Dec 2020Apply Here!
Acoma • Crew Leader Development Program Crew LeaderAcoma, NMApr 13 - Dec 2020 or Jan 2021Apply Here!
Acoma • Crew Leader Development Program Leadership MemberAcoma, NMApr 13 - Dec 2020 or Jan 2021Apply Here!


Individual Placements

Please see the table below for our Ancestral Lands Individual Placement internships. Click the 'Apply Here' link to learn more and to apply.

*Please note: Start dates may be affected by COVID-19. Please contact program staff for more details. Refer here for the latest updates!

Position TitleDescriptionLocationDateApplication
Individual Placement • Contact Tracer InternshipThe Navajo Nation, in partnership with local public health authorities, is building a nationwide corps of contact tracers to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus as the Navajo Nation gradually reopens. At the heart of this effort is a robust force of trained contact tracers who will offer support and information to individuals who have been exposed to the virus. This vital corps of “disease detectives” will identify sources of potential outbreaks and deliver the information and support residents of the Navajo Nation’s need to stay safe and healthy.Navajo NationOct/Nov 2020 – Mar/Apr 2021Apply Here!

RESOURCES

ANCESTRAL LANDS OVERVIEW

Learn about our different types of programming and where Ancestral Lands programs operate - we have five offices!

PARTNER WITH US

Click the link above for more information about becoming a partner with Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands program and what types of projects are possible.

CONNECT WITH US

Follow Ancestral Lands on Facebook and Instagram, and watch the videos below!

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Field Staff Contacts

Diné (Navajo) Office

Shandiin Nez, Program Coordinator

snez@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-9296

Pueblo of Acoma Office

Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator

aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084

Pueblo of Zuni Office

Ryan Aguilar, Program Coordinator

raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-0101

Hopi Office

Marshall Masayesva, Program Coordinator

marshall@conservationlegacy.org or 505-713-8786

Albuquerque Office

Robert Mariano, Program Coordinator

rmariano@conservationlegacy.org or 505-252-1005

Program Staff Contacts

Chas Robles, Regional Director

chas@conservationlegacy.org or 970-403-0146

Michellsey Benally, Program Director

mbenally@conservationlegacy.org or 505-879-1113

Kyle Trujillo, Program Director

ktrujillo@conservationlegacy.org or 505-639-6303