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Serving Youth from Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos Costilla, Mineral/Rio Grande, Park, and Saguache Counties
Los Valles youth crews participate in project work in their local counties. Crews consist of 6-8 members, ages 15-18 (some counties 16-18), with 2 adult crew leaders. Youth Crew members are paid $13.65/hour.
Crews carry out invasive species removal, tree planting, painting, fence building, trail maintenance and construction, habitat improvement projects, and road, bridge, parks, and community clean ups.
Along with completing impactful project work, our program focuses on youth development. Lessons on leadership, team building, communication, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement are incorporated into the workday.
Los Valles Youth Crew Schedules
Youth crews work Monday through Friday for 5 weeks. Project work is completed Monday-Thursday. Friday is an education day.
First Session (May 29 - June 30)
|Second Session (July 10 – Aug 11)|
|Costilla County – Day Crew||Costilla County – Day Crew|
|Conejos County – Camping Crew||Conejos County – Camping Crew|
|Saguache County – Camping Crew||Saguache County – Camping Crew|
|Alamosa County – Day Crew||Combined Chaffee & Park County – Camping Crew|
• Day Crews – Crew members are picked up by crew leaders every morning at a pre-determined location in their county. To accommodate crew leader commute times, pick-up time on Monday morning will vary by crew. A regular Monday morning pick-up time between 8:00 and 10:00am will be established by crew leaders prior to the first day of work. Tuesday through Friday mornings crew leaders will pick up crew members at 8:00am. Crew leaders drop crew members off at the pick-up location every day at 4:30pm. Day crews return home each evening and do not camp for most of the session. However, day crews will typically operate as a camping crew for one week of the session (see below).
• Camping Crews – Crew members are picked up by crew leaders on Monday morning from a pre-determined location in their county. To accommodate crew leader commute time, pick-up time on Monday morning will vary by crew. A regular Monday morning pick-up time between 8:00 and 10:00 am will be established by crew leaders prior to the first day of work. Apart from the later start on Monday mornings, crews complete project work from 8:00am-4:30pm during the week. Crew members camp in the field with crew leaders Monday-Friday. Crew leaders drop crew members off at the pick-up location at 4:30pm on Fridays. All food is provided for camping crews while in the field. Some gear may be available for members to borrow.