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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.

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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, 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.

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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
Acoma Hiking Club Crew LeaderMay 25, 2019 through summerAcoma Pueblo, NMApply Here
Barrio Youth Corps Crew Member (Westside Community Center)June 10-August 9Albuquerque, NMApply Here
Barrio Youth Corps Crew MemberJune 10 - August 9Albuquerque, NM Apply Here
Glen Canyon Archaeology Technician5/13/19-5/8/20Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaApply Here
Glen Canyon Interpretation Technician5/13/19-5/8/20Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaApply Here
Glen Canyon Biological Science Technician5/13/19-5/8/20Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaApply Here
Spring Alumni (Zuni) -Crew MemberApril, 2019- November, 2019Zuni, NMApply Here
Crew Member (Acoma)June, 2019 to November, 2019
Acoma Pueblo,

NM

Apply Here
Historic Preservation Field Coordinator (Acoma)March 2019- December 2019Acoma Pueblo, NMApply Here
Crew Leader Development Program (Acoma) Crew LeaderApril, 2019- November, 2019Acoma Pueblo, NMApply Here
Crew Leader Development Program (Acoma) Assistant Crew LeaderApril, 2019- November, 2019
Acoma Pueblo,

NM

Apply Here
Crew Leader Development Program (Hopi) Crew LeaderApril, 2019- November, 2019Hopi Reservation, AZApply Here
Crew Leader Development Program (Hopi) Assistant Crew Leader
April, 2019- November, 2019Hopi Reservation, AZ
Apply Here
2019 Native Conservation Corps (Hopi)
June, 3rd to August 2nd , 2019Hopi Reservation, AZApply Here
Crew Leader Development Program

(Albuquerque) Crew Leader

April, 2019- November, 2019
Albuquerque,
NM
Apply Here
Crew Leader Development Program

(Albuquerque) Assistant Crew Leader

April, 2019-

November, 2019

Albuquerque,

NM

Apply Here
Spring Alumni (Albuquerque) -Crew Member
April, 2019 -

November, 2019

Albuquerque,

NM

ApplyHere
Ancestral Lands - Fort Laramie Research AssistantJanuary 7, 2019 - June 21, 2019Fort Laramie, WYApply Here
Mescalero Apache VISTANovember 12, 2018 - November 11, 2019Mescalero, NMApply Here
Ancestral Lands - Nebraska National Forest Resource Assistant Intern November 5, 2018- April 26, 2019Ft. Pierre, SDApply Here

RESOURCES:

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. 

CONNECT WITH ANCESTRAL LANDS FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM.

Field Staff Contact

Navajo

Shandiin Nez, Program Coordinator

snez@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-9296

Acoma

Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator 

aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084

Zuni

Ryan Aguilar, Program Coordinator

raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-0101

Hopi

Marshall Masayesva, Program Coordinator

marshall@conservationlegacy.org or 505-713-8786

Albuquerque

Robert Mariano, Program Coordinator

rmariano@conservationlegacy.org or 505-252-1005

Program Staff Contact

Chas Robles, Program Director

chas@conservationlegacy.org or 970.403.0146  

Michellsey Benally, Program Director

mbenally@conservationlegacy.org or 505.879.1113