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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.

Mitigation and Minimizing Risk

We have implemented a variety of policies and protocols to reduce the risk to our participants and staff:

  • Field crew programming has been postponed through May 1st, 2020. Individual Placement programming is running on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the placement’s ability to social distance and work remotely.
  • Hygiene: All current participants and staff are following hygiene and safety protocols provided by the CDC, WHO and other public health agencies. Offices and sites are being sanitized and cleaned as often as appropriate.
  • Remote Work Possibilities: Staff and eligible individual placements will be working remotely if possible. Social distancing is required of everyone, to the highest degree they are able to do so.
  • Evaluating Travel and Large Events: All non-essential travel and group events have been cancelled or postponed.
  • Self-Disclosure: Individuals joining the program or currently participating in the program will be requested to self-disclose any contact with individuals who are currently ill or may have been exposed to the illness. Participation or engagement in programming and/or activities may be delayed for individuals who have had recent contact. The well-being and privacy of such members is our number one priority.

At this time, our programming start dates after May 1st remain unaffected. While this may change, we encourage all interested applicants to apply for any open positions, and we thank you for your flexibility. We have always been a resilient organization and are dedicated to continuing to serve our communities and the environment into the future.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Program Staff!

As conditions change, Conservation Legacy policies will evolve—we will post further 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!

Arizona Gives Day is coming up on April 7th, 2020! Visit the AZ Gives page for more info on how you can support our Hopi Office in Kykotsmovi Village, AZ!

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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.

PositionLocationDateApplication
Diné (Navajo) • Conservation Crew MemberGallup, NMJun 8 - Sep 2020 or Jan 2021Apply Here!
Acoma • Crew MemberAcoma Pueblo, NMJun 8 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Acoma • Farm and Conservation • Crew MemberAcoma Pueblo, NMMay 18 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque • High School Equivalency • Crew MemberAlbuquerque, NMMar 30 - Aug 2020Apply Here!
Hopi • Alumni Crew (Restoration Certificate Program) • Crew MemberKykotsmovi, AZMar 30 - Nov 27, 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Spring Alumni Crew MemberZuni, NMMar 23 - late Sep 2020Apply Here!
Diné (Navajo) • Spring Crew MemberGallup, NMMar 23 - Sep or Nov 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.


Position TitleLocationDateApplication
Diné (Navajo) • Crew Leader Development Program • Crew LeaderGallup, NMApr 13 - Dec 2020 or Jan 2021Apply Here!
Diné (Navajo) • Crew Leader Development Program • Leadership MemberGallup, NMApr 13 - Dec 2020 or Jan 2021Apply Here!
Hopi Crew Leader Development Program Crew LeaderKykotsmovi, AZApr 13 - Nov 27, 2020Apply Here!
Hopi Crew Leader Development Program Leadership MemberKykotsmovi, AZApr 13 - Nov 27, 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque Crew Leader Development Program • Crew LeaderAlbuquerque, NMApr 13 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque Crew Leader Development Program • Leadership MemberAlbuquerque, NMApr 13 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque High School Equivalency Crew LeaderAlbuquerque, NMMar 23 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Albuquerque High School Equivalency Leadership MemberAlbuquerque, NMMar 23 - Nov 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Crew Leader Development Program Crew LeaderZuni, NMMar 13 - late SepApply Here!
Zuni • Crew Leader Development Program Leadership MemberZuni, NMMar 13 - late Sep 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Spring Alumni Crew LeaderZuni, NMMar 13 - late Sep 2020Apply Here!
Zuni • Spring Alumni Leadership MemberZuni, NMMar 13 - late Sep 2020Apply Here!
Diné (Navajo) Spring Alumni Crew LeaderGallup, NMMar 16 - Sep or Nov 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.


Position TitleLocationDateApplication
Ancestral Lands - USDA Forest Service Pot Creek Interpretive Crew LeadPenasco, NMMay 18, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020Apply Here!
Ancestral Lands - USDA Forest Service Pot Creek Interpretive Individual PlacementPenasco, NMJun 1, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020Apply Here!
Ancestral Lands - Cibola National Forest Heritage Program Individual PlacementAlbuquerque, NMMar30, 2020 - Sept 25, 2020Apply Here!
Ancestral Lands • Glen Canyon Interpretation TechnicianPage, AZMar 30, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021Apply Here!
Ancestral Lands • USDA Forest Service Jemez Recreation and Resources • Crew MemberJemez Springs, NMJun 8 - Aug 21, 2020Apply Here!
Ancestral Lands • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge • Biological TechnicianAlbuquerque, NMMay 11, 2020 - May 7th, 2021Apply Here!
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Individual PlacementDolores, COSpring 2020Apply Here!
Fort Pierre National Grassland Resource AssistantFt. Pierre, SDSpring 2020Apply 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