Southwest Conservation Corps

Get paid to work outside and explore amazing places!

We are Southwest Conservation Corps!

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC has offices in Durango and Salida in Colorado and Acoma and Gallup in New Mexico.

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





See below for more info and links to apply!Be a conservation corps member or leader!

2016 Fall Corpsmember
BLM Range Management Internship
Cibola National Forest- Visitation Surveyor
Dolores River Restoration Corpsmember
Four Corners- Federal Lands Internship Program
Strike Team Member
Veteran Fire Corps Crew Member

Ideal Candidate

If you are 18-25 and looking to gain hands on experience in the conservation field, The Southwest Conservation Corps is for you! Get ready to get dirty, work hard, and have an amazing experience living and working in a beautiful part of the country.  Follow the links below to learn more about our positions and openings!

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

For Fun

The Southwest Conservation Corps has offices in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. From each of our bases, you have access to everything from World Class mountain biking, skiing, climbing, fishing, rafting, backpacking and some of the best scenery around! 

How to Apply

Check out our website to learn more and apply! We accept applications for programs starting in February for our summer programming, and May for our Fall programs.  Please look on our website for specific details on each of our crews and how to apply.

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Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Age Requirement: 18 - 25

Locations: Colorado and New Mexico