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Southwest Conservation Corps

High School Conservation Crews

Four Corners Office • Durango, CO

We are currently hiring youth ages 14-18! Details on projects will be up soon!

We are currently hiring youth ages 14-18. Details will come soon, so we ask for your patience. Please put in application, and let us know the dates you are available.

Program dates will be Session 1: from June 3 to June 29, and Session 2: July 9 to August 4. Those two crews will be DAY crews and members will need to be residents of Montezuma County. There will also be an eight week camping program for students who are ages 16-18. Members from the Four Corners region are encouraged to apply. Note that reliable transportation will be needed to Hesperus, Colorado for drop off on Monday morning and pick up on Friday evening.

We will be offering Middle school students from Montezuma County the opportunity to volunteer for our Farmers Apprentice program at Cortez Middle School for two or three days a week between June 3 and June 29. Please reach out to Teresa directly if you are interested. 
All programs work 32 hours a week. Schedule may vary depending on crew. Members will be paid minimum wage for project work. Keep an eye here for updated details as they arise!
Please reach out directly to Teresa DiTore, Durango’s Youth Programs Manager if you have questions:

Members are paid for 32 hours of project work each week. Successful completion of the program is contingent upon members being present for after-work education lessons, camp chores, crew time, debriefs, and Friday Education and De-Rig Days. Some sessions will require Montezuma County Residency as per funding.  

Ages: 14-18

Compensation: Minimum wage at $10.20 an hour for 32 hours of project work/week.  

Session 1 

Dates: June 3rd–June 29th, 2018 

Session 2  

Dates: July 9th–August 4th, 2017 

Apply Here!

You can also visit the Open Positions page and scroll down to the High School Crew section to find specific information and links to applications.

Los Valles Office • Salida, CO and the San Luis Valley

Community Crews

The Los Valles Community Crews are local county crews. The crews are sponsored by counties in the Los Valles region and give local youth the opportunity to serve their community and participate in local project work.   

Crews consist of 6-10 members, ages 14-18, with 2 adult crew leaders. As a crew, they participate trail-building, restoration, fence building, invasive species removal, trash pick-up, and road and bridge project work.  

Youth members apply for the session in their county, are required to commit to the full four weeks of the session, and receive a stipend of $265 per week, as well as an AmeriCorps award. Crews run 8 am-4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Each week there are 4 days of work and 1 day of education. Crews learn about the ecology and geology of the area, about our national parks and forests and about the natural and human history of the area where we live and work. It is a fun-filled and service oriented month for members that facilitates a connection between the members and the place their from and provides them with job skills for future success. 

Session 1 (June 5–June 30) 

  • Costilla County 
  • Saguache County 
  • Rio Grande/Mineral Counties 

Session 2 (July 10–August 4) 

  • Costilla County 
  • Chaffee County 

Connection Crews

The Los Valles Connection Crews camp at the project site during the week and come home on the weekends. Both sessions are based out of Alamosa, but crew members can be from other counties and crews will travel to the project sites. There is one crew per session and the crews consist of 2 adult leaders and 6 high school members ages 14-18. High School members sign up for one session, are required to commit to the full four weeks of the session, and receive a stipend of $265 per week, as well as, an Americorps award. Project work ranges from trail-building, restoration, fence building, invasive species removal, road and bridge work and trash pick-up. Come join our awesome high school program and travel around the state gaining skills, experience, and making a difference! 

Session 1 (June 5 - June 30) 

Session 2 (July 10 - August 4) 

Apply here!

You can also visit the Position Openings page and scroll down to the High School Crew section to find specific information and links to applications.

Four Corners • Durango Recruiter Contact

Teresa DiTore, Program Coordinator

Los Valles • Salida Recruiter contact

Aubrey Tamietti, Program Coordinator