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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
Navajo • Crew MemberGallup, NMMar/Apr/Jun 2021 - Dec 2021Apply 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
Zuni • Crew LeaderZuni, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Zuni • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Zuni, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Navajo • Crew LeaderGallup, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Navajo • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Gallup, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Acoma • Crew LeaderAcoma Pueblo, NMApr 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Acoma • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Acoma Pueblo, NMApr 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Albuquerque • Crew Leader
Albuquerque, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021Apply Here!
Albuquerque • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)Albuquerque, NMMar 2021 - Winter 2021
Apply 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
There are currently no open Ancestral Lands Individual Placement positions. Please check back in January, 2021 for new positions!

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 Manager

snez@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-9296

Pueblo of Acoma Office

Aaron Lowden, Program Manager

aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084

Pueblo of Zuni Office

Kevin Cooeyate, Program Manager

kcooeyate@conservationlegacy.org or 505-906-4692

Hopi Office

Marshall Masayesva, Program Manager

marshall@conservationlegacy.org or 505-713-8786

Albuquerque Office

Robert Mariano, Program Manager

rmariano@conservationlegacy.org or 505-252-1005

Program Staff Contacts

Chas Robles, Corps Director

chas@conservationlegacy.org or 970-403-0146

Michellsey Benally, Operations and Logistics Director

mbenally@conservationlegacy.org or 505-879-1113

Kyle Trujillo, Associate Director

ktrujillo@conservationlegacy.org or 505-639-6303

Ryan Aguilar, Individual Placement Coordinator

raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-250-2708