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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 TitleLocationDateApplication
Albuquerque • Spring Alumni Crew MemberAlbuquerque, NMJuly - November 29, 2019Apply Here
Urban Native Conservation Corps • Fall Crew MemberAlbuquerque, NM
August 19 - November 29, 2019Apply Here
Zuni • Fall Crew MemberZuni, NMAugust 12 - November 29, 2019Apply Here
Acoma • Fall Crew LeaderAcoma Pueblo, NMAugust 12 - November 29, 2019
Apply Here
Acoma • Fall Crew MemberAcoma Pueblo, NM
August 20 - November 29, 2019Apply Here
Navajo • Fall Crew LeaderGallup, NMAugust 12 - December 18, 2019
Apply Here
Navajo • Fall Assistant Crew LeaderGallup, NMAugust 12 - December 18, 2019Apply Here
Navajo • Fall Crew MemberGallup, NMAugust 19 - December 18, 2019Apply Here
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Individual PlacementDolores, COSpring 2020Apply Here
Fort Pierre National Grassland Resource Assistant  Ft. Pierre, SDSpring 2020Apply 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


Shandiin Nez, Program Coordinator or 505-870-9296


Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator or 505-552-4084


Ryan Aguilar, Program Coordinator or 505-870-0101


Marshall Masayesva, Program Coordinator or 505-713-8786


Robert Mariano, Program Coordinator or 505-252-1005

Program Staff Contact

Chas Robles, Program Director or 970.403.0146  

Michellsey Benally, Program Director or 505.879.1113