Southwest Conservation Corps

Get paid to work outside and explore amazing places!


The Southwest Conservation Corps engages motivated young adults, ages 15 -25, to complete conservation projects throughout Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.


Conservation Corps jobs

Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, fencing, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction and re-vegetation. Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 9 days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedule may vary depending on location and program. SCC crews work in a variety of national parks, national forests and other areas throughout the Southwest.

Programs start in March, June, and September and range from 10-30 weeks. Corpsmembers are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award in addition to their weekly stipend.

Southwest Conservation Corps is a learning experience. We are looking for motivated individuals who can commit to completing the program and who have the desire to learn new skills. No previous work experience is required. However, individuals with experience may choose to apply for our Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) or as a Crew Leader.

Our Jobs

Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP), Corpsmember, Interns

Be a conservation corps member or leader!

Room and Board

Crews typically work for 9 days at a time in front country and back country locations, followed by 5 days off.  When on hitch, Southwest Conservation Corps covers the cost of food and camping and Corps members are responsible for finding own housing on 5 days off.  However, there are many free campground around Durango, CO that Corps members utilize on days off.

Employee Perks

Weekly stipend, potential to earn an AmeriCorps award, conservation skills training, be part of a community, and opportunity to work outside in some of the best places in the Southwest.

Southwest Conservation Corps

How to Apply

Check out our website to learn more and apply! We accept applications for programs starting in March and June.  Please look on our website for specific details.

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Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Age Requirement: 15 - 25

Locations: Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico