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Southwest Conservation Corps

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Open Crew Member Opportunities

COVID-19 Update: Dear Applicants and Potential Participants,

Beginning January 1, 2023 Conservation Legacy will no longer require COVID-19 vaccination for members, staff or volunteers.

COVID-19 vaccinations are still highly recommended and encouraged by the organization, and we will closely monitor the national picture as well as our own trends and protocols as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

In Service,

Conservation Legacy and Program Staff

We're glad you're interested in joining us!

Please see the tables below for Southwest Conservation Corps opportunities.

See SCC's current leadership opportunities here.

See all of Conservation Legacy's program openings here.

Adult Conservation Crews • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

Please click the 'Apply Here' link in the table below to learn more about each position and to apply.

Position TitleLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Short-term Fall Conservation Crew MemberDurango, CO or Salida, COAugust 19 - November 11, 2024Apply here!



We will be running the following crews during the 2024 Fall season:



  • Conservation/Trail Crew (Durango + Salida) – A crew for young adults that serves in both backcountry and front country settings, focusing on trails and a variety of conservation service projects.


  • Chainsaw Crew (Durango + Salida) – A crew for young adults that serve primarily in front country settings, focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide). Crew members will go through USFS Chainsaw Training and will earn their United States Forest Service A-faller chainsaw certification upon completion.


  • Backcountry Chainsaw Crew (Durango) – A crew for young adults that serve primarily in back country settings, focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide). Crew members will go through USFS Chainsaw Training and will earn their United States Forest Service A-faller chainsaw certification upon completion. 



Affinity Crews - The goal of our affinity crews is to have a place where those with identities that have historically and systemically been underrepresented in the conservation field, and their allies can come together and build an equitable community. The Women’s+, Queer, Leaders of Color Affinity Crews seek to create a safe, non-judgmental, and inclusive space for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity or expression. We value respect for names, pronouns, orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, philosophies, confidentiality, boundaries, and culture. 



  • Women’s+ Chainsaw Crew (Salida) – An affinity crew for Women (both trans + cis) as well as non-binary individuals with service projects focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide). Crew members will go through USFS Chainsaw Training and will earn their United States Forest Service A-faller chainsaw certification upon completion.


  • Leaders of Color Chainsaw Crew (Salida) – An affinity crew for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) community members with service projects focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide). Crew members will go through USFS Chainsaw Training and will earn their United States Forest Service A-faller chainsaw certification upon completion.


  • Women’s+ Conservation Crew (Durango) – An affinity crew for Women (both trans + cis) as well as non-binary individuals. This crew serves on various projects, in front country and backcountry settings. This will allow crew members to gain experience in and understanding of several aspects of conservation.


  • Queer Conservation Crew (Durango) – An affinity crew for LGBTQAI2S+ individuals. This crew serves on various projects, in front country and backcountry settings. This will allow crew members to gain experience in and understanding of several aspects of conservation.

Small Teams • Ecological Monitoring, Strike Team, & Watershed Programs

Please click the 'Apply Here' link in the table below to learn more about each position and to apply. Visit the SCC Small Teams page more information.

Position TitleLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Long-term Ecological Monitoring Crew MemberLas Cruces, NMApril 15 - December 20, 2024Apply here!
Ecological Monitoring Crew Member in New MexicoRoswell, NMApril 15 - October 4, 2024Apply here!

Veterans Fire Corps • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

Please click the 'Apply Here' link in the table below to learn more about each position and to apply.

There are currently no open positions; please check back at a later date.