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Southwest Conservation Corps

Women's Fire Crew Member

Veterans Fire Corps

The VFC engages recent era Veterans on priority hazardous fuels projects while providing training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting

The Southwest Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides the opportunity for post-9/11 era Veterans to work and live alongside other vets, while receiving training and on-the-job experience in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. This program prioritizes Veterans who are looking for a way to transition from military to civilian service, building upon the knowledge and leadership skills gained while serving in the armed forces. Veterans are able to regain the sense of purpose and pride felt in the military, while refocusing their mission to protecting our communities and public lands from the threat of wildfire.


  • Bi-weekly living stipend
  • Americorps education award upon program completion
  • S-212 Chainsaw Certification
  • S-130 & S-190 Certifications
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
  • Food, group gear, and equipment provided during all project work
  • Federal resume writing and USA jobs application consultation


VFC Crews typically camp out for 8 or 9-day "hitches" with 6 or 5 days off between. During hitch, crews camp in tents at or near their project site. Crews operate for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Housing may not be provided on days off - please reach out to hear about different housing options.


  • Between the ages of 21-35
  • Have military veteran status
  • Be able to provide a DD-214 showing "Honorable Discharge"

Veterans Fire Corps Crew 421

Learn more about the experiences of one SCC Veterans Fire Corps crew working in San Juan National Forest in Colorado!

Current Openings • Four Corners & Los Valles Regions

Position TitleLocationDates of EmploymentApplication
Veterans Fire Corps Crew MemberSalida, CO • Los Valles RegionMay 18 - November 1, 2024Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew LeaderDurango, CO • Four Corners RegionJanuary 8 - March 22, 2024Apply here!
Veterans Fire Corps Crew MemberDurango, CO • Four Corners RegionJanuary 15 - March 22, 2024Apply here!

Recruiter Contacts:

Kristen Barrett, Program Manager, Four Corners Region

Brittany LeTendre, Program Manager, Los Valles Region