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Youth Conservation Crews

Check out this video to get a taste of what it’s like to work on a SCC youth conservation crew and the impactful work these crews carry out in their local communities every summer!

HS Crew Video

Or keep on reading to learn more!


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Info at a Glance

Position: Youth Conservation Crew Member (Day Crew and Camping Crew member positions available)

Who: High School students ages 14-18 in the Four Corners Region or Los Valles Region who are interested in working outdoors serving their communities and want to gain more skills!

When: Choose between Session 1 (late May to June) and Session 2 (mid-July to mid-August), each session lasts 4-5 weeks

Location: Your local county!

Pay: $12.56 per hour, 32-40 hours per week

Benefits: Food provided when in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, structured educational lessons from trained staff, mental health consultant on staff

Which Region Are You In?

Locate your home county on the map below to determine which region you live in. If you live adjacent to one of our regions and would like to participate, please contact the program staff of your closest region.

The dots are approximate meet up locations.

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Do you live in one of green/striped counties? You're in the Los Valles Region!

Do you live in one of the blue/polka-dotted counties? You're in the Four Corners Region!

**Is your county uncolored? Visit the Colorado Youth Corps Association to find a youth corps in your area!**


Now that you've identified your region, head on over the to correct page to view more information, and to apply!

Los Valles Region Page (Park, Chaffee, Saguache, Mineral/Rio Grande, Alamosa, Costilla, and Conejos Counties)

Four Corners Region Page (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, and northern New Mexico Counties)



Thank you to our generous supporters of the Youth Program!

Four Corners Region: Ballantine Family Foundation; City of Durango Community Support Funding and CERF Funding Moniker Foundation; Southwest Community Foundation; United Way of Southwest Colorado; 12 Hours of Mesa Verde Beneficiary Grant

Los Valles Region: Chaffee County Community Foundation, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association and Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation

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Catch up on what you missed!


If you weren't able to attend our Virtual Showcase last week, click the link to watch the recording!


This is the BEST way to learn about our work in communities and conservation and to find out about open opportunities!


Hear from alumni, meet some of our staff, and learn about our diverse programs. We are ALWAYS hiring.

Conservation Legacy Showcase