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Leaders of Color Crew

Join our Leaders of Color crew!

This affinity crew will consist of 6 Crew Members, and 2 Crew Leaders, all of whom will self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color. Interested in joining the Leaders of Color crew for our 2023 season? Contact Trevor Taylor at to get involved!

As a member of Southwest Conservation Corp’s Leaders of Color crew, you will engage in a variety of conservation projects while building a crew community of members who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) The Leaders of Color crew provides an open and supportive space where BIPOC members work with, learn from, and grow alongside one another as members gain trainings and certifications in chainsaw, crosscut, and trail construction, as well as important wilderness medicine training with a Wilderness First Responder certification. No experience necessary to join this crew.


Info at a glance

  • Position: Leaders of Color AmeriCorps Crew Member
  • For Whom: Queer Trans Women and other People of Color (QTBIPOC), ages 18-30, love camping, want to gain leadership experience and technical outdoor skills!
  • When: Start date May 30, 2023
  • Location: Salida, CO
  • Stipend: $600/week, plus $3,247.50 AmeriCorps Education Award at the successful completion of a 900-hour term
  • Benefits: Food provided when in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. US Forest Service recognized Chainsaw and Crosscut certifications, Trauma-Informed Care Training, Basics of Wildland Firefighting certifications,Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED certification.



Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

Projects include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, corridor clearing, habitat restoration and fencing, re-vegetation, and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Schedules generally are 8 days on with 6 days off, camping at the project site. There is a possibility you could work 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

All crews will go through an unpaid, 4-day orientation. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

Contact Trevor Taylor at for inquires and for ways to get involved!