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WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING for 2020!

Adult, Youth, and Veteran Crew Leader positions are now posted! See below for details and links to apply!

*Positions available in both Durango and Salida, CO!

See below for more info, and follow the links for complete position descriptions and applications!

  • Strike Team Crew Member (Trails) - Durango, CO

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $300.00 / week

    Strike Team Crew Member

    Dates:  May 25th - October 2nd, 2020 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $300/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. 

    AmeriCorps Education Award:  $2360.00 upon completion of program.

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.  

     

    About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps Strike Team Crew, you will be a key component of a smaller than normal crew that specializes in detail oriented and unique projects. Strike Teams consisting of 1 Leader and 2-3 Members, will function as a highly versatile crew that will interact with Project Partners on a more intimate level than other crews. The smaller crew size allows members to gain a strong grasp of how to navigate project details, implementation of the work, and partner communications.

    Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.   

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.  

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. 

    All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th , 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

    Required Skills & Experience 

    Qualifications: 

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. 
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. 

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements 

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. 

    Participant and Expedition Behavior 

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind 
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time 

    Risk Management and Judgement 

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project. 
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

    Substance Free 

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions 

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Colorado Fourteener Conservation Crew - Salida, CO

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $300.00 / week

    Position: 14er Conservation Crew Member

    Dates: 14er Conservation Crew: May 25th – October 30th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

    AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $3,097.50

     

    About the Position

    Colorado is know for its soaring peaks, and none are more famous than those that rise over 14,000 ft in elevation, often referred to as 14ers. As an AmeriCorps participant of one of  the Southwest Conservation Corps ‘14er’ crews, your office will be the high alpine environment on the slopes of one of these peaks. Your crew will consist of  6 to 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    You main project for the summer will include intensive trail construction & maintenance in high elevation terrain. Other projects during the season may also include habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

    All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

     

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

     

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

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  • Summer Conservation Crew Member - Durango, CO

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $300.00 / week

    Summer Conservation Crew Member

    Dates:  May 25th – August 7th, 2020 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $300/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. 

    AmeriCorps Education Award:  $1,638.89 upon completion of program.

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.  

     

    About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.   

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.  

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. 

    All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th , 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

    Required Skills & Experience 

    Qualifications: 

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. 
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. 

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements 

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. 

    Participant and Expedition Behavior 

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind 
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time 

    Risk Management and Judgement 

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project. 
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

    Substance Free 

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions 

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Lisa Sluipanek, Program Coordinator: lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

    Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Multi-Watershed Monitoring Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $550.00 / week

    Multi-Watershed Monitoring Crew

    Location: Durango, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time

    Start/end date: March 23rd, 2020 – end of October 2020

    Wages: $550 / week

    Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, training in multiple rapid vegetation protocols and other development opportunities.

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps:

    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC supports youth, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 18-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles Regions. Projects include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation, habitat/vegetation surveying, and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief. SCC crews work in national parks, forests, and other public lands throughout central and southwestern Colorado.

     

    Position Summary:

    This Multi-Watershed Monitoring Crew will work with watershed groups across the Southwest to perform vegetation surveying along streamside habitat in 4 watersheds in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Watershed groups include the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Friends of the Verde River, and Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona. Vegetation monitoring is crucial to informing river restoration efforts across these watersheds that have been severely impacted by invasive species and other stressors.

     

    The primary responsibility of this crew is to collect vegetation monitoring and species inventory data according to each watershed’s rapid monitoring protocol. This crew consists of two individuals (1 crew leader and 1 crew member) that will tie in and work closely with field staff from each watershed group in order to collect data. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of each partnership. Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work remotely (sometimes in backcountry settings) are essential for this position. While working (i.e. on-hitch), the crew will camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. Hitch schedules may vary between 4-5 days on, 2-3 days off to 8-9 days on, 5-6 days off. Although this position is based in Durango, the crew may be stationed in Arizona or Utah for extended lengths of time while working with the various watershed groups. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

     

     

    Minimum Qualifications

    To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), a current driver’s license, and be a US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED. First Aid/CPR required. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

     

    Must be physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100+ degree (F) heat.

     

    Preferred Qualifications

    The ideal candidates for this position have knowledge of native and invasive plants in the southwest, and some experience with vegetation monitoring/inventory and field data collection.  Experience working independently and with a team in the outdoors, including navigating to sites with a team, are also preferred.  A relevant Bachleors degree as well as GPS and GIS experience are a plus.

    Participant Essential Eligibilty Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position:

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program, including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
    • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
    • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harrassment of others for any reason.
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time.

     

    Safety and Judgement

    • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
    • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
    • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
    • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and practice Leave No Trace ethics and techniques.
    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.

     

    Substance Free

    • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

     

    To apply:

    Upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Member application

     

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Emily Kasyon, Watershed Programs Manager: ekasyon@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Women's Saw Conservation Crew Member - Salida, CO

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $300.00 / week

    Position: Women’s Saw Crew Member

    Dates: Women’s Saw Crew Crew: May 25th – October 30th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

    AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $3,097.50

     

    About the Position

    As a member with Southwest Conservation Corp’s Women’s Saw Crew you will be using chainsaws, crosscut saws, and other trails tools to complete a variety of conservation projects. The Women’s Saw Crew provides a supportive learning environment where women work, learn from, and grow with one another while gaining skills and certifications to propell them into a career in environmental stewardship. This crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    Projects include hazardous fuels reduction, corridor clearing, habitat restoration and fencing, trail construction & maintenance, and re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

    All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Must be female, female identifying or non-binary identifying
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

     

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Desire to participate in a female identifying crew and culture
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

     

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

    View Job Description
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park Conservation Crew Member - Salida, CO

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $300.00 / week

    Position: Great Sand Dunes National Park Crew Member

    Dates: Great Sand Dunes NP Crew: May 25th – October 30th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

    AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $3,097.50

     

    About the Position

    The Great Sand Dunes National Park (GSDNP) is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sangre De Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. As a member on the GSDNP Crew this will be your office as you assist park staff with a large variety of conservation and preservation projects. Your crew will consist of  6 to 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

    All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

     

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

     

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

     

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

    View Job Description
  • Long Term Conservation Crew Member - Durango, CO

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $300.00 / week

    Long Term Conservation Crew Member

    Dates:  May 25th – November, 2020 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $300/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. 

    AmeriCorps Education Award:  $3,097.50 upon completion of program.

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.  

     About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Long-Term Conservation Crew you will find yourself traversing remote mountain landscapes, exploring the wilderness, and learning how to function as a cohesive group implementing restoration projects. The expedition style atmosphere allows crews to gain a high level of understanding of crew dynamics, project logistics, and technical knowledge in conservation work. 

    Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.    

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises. 

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or up to 15 days on at a time (with adequate days off in the field), or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.  

    All crews will go through a 5-day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.   

      Required Skills & Experience 

    • Qualifications: 

      • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
      • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. 
      • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
      • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. 

        

      Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements 

      Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. 

      Participant and Expedition Behavior 

      • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
      • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
      • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind 
      • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time 

      Risk Management and Judgement 

      • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
      • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
      • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
      • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 

      Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

      • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project. 
      • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

      Substance Free 

      • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions 

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Lisa Sluipanek, Program Coordinator: lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

    Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Summer Conservation Crew Member - Salida, CO

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $300.00 / week

    Position: Summer Conservation Crew Member

    Dates: Roving Trail Crew: May 25th – August 7th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

    AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $1,638.89

     

    About the Position

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

    All crews will go through an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

     

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

     

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

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  • Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader-Multiple Locations in New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 52 or 44 weeks

    Number of Positions: 4

    Location:                       Taos, and Albuquerque, and Farmington NM (52 weeks)

    Socorro, NM (approximately 44 weeks)

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Taos and Albuquerque: From mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021 (52 weeks)

    Socorro: From mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021, with furlough from December 2020 to January 2021 (44 weeks)

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Crews will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in both DIMA and ArcGIS.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.  The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with Colorado flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

     

    To apply, visit https://sccorps.org/small-teams  and follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

     


     

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Member-Colorado and New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member (Botany or Soils Emphasis)

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Dolores, Montrose, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Cañon City, and Monte Vista, CO

    Taos, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Carlsbad, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Most crews run from May 4th, 2020 to mid-October 2020.

              Crews in Las Cruces and Carlsbad run from July 13th, 2020 to late December 2020.

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets for later use by land management specialists. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry, if time allows.

    Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Botany Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Soils Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. Botany Crew Member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the Crew Lead and fellow Soils Crew Member. Botany Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Soils Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Soils Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides expertise on soils and soils-forming mechanisms that occur on and near plot to help characterize the site. Soils Crew Member will either perform or verify every soil pit characterization completed on plot, namely, soil horizons and textures. Works closely with Crew Lead to discuss and come to consensus on which ecological site or soil series the plot falls on.  May maintain specimens and records of unique soils throughout the field office to develop and maintain a unique soil library for the field office. Provides guidance on soil texturing techniques to Crew Lead and fellow Botany Crew Member. Soils Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Botany Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, soils science, geology, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900 hour service term with AmeriCorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data collection software
    • Self motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on and off-highway.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis): 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
    • Familiarity with Colorado/New Mexico flora in general and Ackerfield’s Flora of Colorado/Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado or New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Preferred Qualifications (Soils Emphasis): 

    • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
    • Familiarity with New Mexico soils
    • Experience hand texturing various types of soils 
    • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons
    • Experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey, or equivalent soil data sets
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can augment the precision of soil maps
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Crosscut Conservation Crew Member - Durango, CO

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $300.00 / week

    Crosscut Saw Crew Member

    Dates:  May 25th – August 7th, 2020 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $300/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. 

    AmeriCorps Education Award:  $1,638.89 upon completion of program.

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.  

    About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the distinguished Southwest Conservation Corps Cross Cut Saw Crew, you will be trained and certified in all aspects of crosscut saw work. Crosscut saw crews are focused primarily in designated wilderness areas where mechanized chainsaw use is prohibited.  Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort to clear large swaths of downed trees and avalanche debris from remote trails in these  areas of the forest. These crews tend to cover a lot of ground and explore many incredible areas! 

    Each crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.   

    Projects may include crosscut saw work, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.  

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. 

    All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th , 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

    Required Skills & Experience 

    Qualifications: 

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. 
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. 

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements 

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. 

    Participant and Expedition Behavior 

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind 
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time 

    Risk Management and Judgement 

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project. 
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

    Substance Free 

    • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions 

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Lisa Sluipanek, Program Coordinator: lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

    Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:              Crew Lead

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 28 weeks

    Locations:                    Montrose, Dolores, Grand Junction, Cañon City, Monte Vista, and Gunnison, CO

    Salary:                          $685/week

    Benefits:                      Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From mid-April 2020 to mid-November 2020

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology.  More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas.

    Within all plots, the crew identifies vegetation to species, gathers species cover and composition data using line-point intercept, measures soil surface stability, and describes soil pits.  Data are georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning.  The crew may also assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    The crew lead supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, development, and discipline.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment.  Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, and crew tasks.  Oversees equipment management. 

    Is a primary contact for the crew members, SCC staff, and BLM staff.  Completes necessary administrative paperwork.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members, project lead, and SCC staff.  Completes mid-term and end-of-term written evaluations for self and crew members.

    Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected.  As time allows, the crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders.  Written reports involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire, and wildlife programs within the BLM.  They should also be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College degree (Bachelor’s, at minimum) in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM or similar methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Able to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Able to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
      • OR other communicable, proficient knowledge of plant identification
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. Must be able to operate in both office and field.
    • Willing to manage and empower crew members in accordance with SCC’s mission and the BLM’s expectations.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a maximum 6 miles/day to/from plot, plus walking on plot, on rough, uneven terrain); bending, crouching, and stooping for long periods of time; and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Able to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • With current, or able to obtain: CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and able to work well with others
    • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with CO flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis and statistical tests, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training
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  • Los Valles Field Supervisor

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $700.00 / week
    Title: Field Supervisor Reports to: Program Director & Youth Program Manager Location: Salida, CO training Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt Wages: $700/week Benefits: 10 days PTO, Eligible for benefits Start/end date: March 16, 2020 – September 13, 2020 Summary: The Field Supervisor’s primary role is to provide field and administrative support for the high school, adult, and veteran’s crews by offering technical assistance, morale support, and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring. The Field Supervisor will assist with Corps member interviewing and selection, program logistics, and planning and facilitating staff trainings. During the spring season, the field supervisor will be both in the field, supporting crew leader training, and in local schools helping to recruit and select high school members. During the field season, the field supervisor will primarily be in the field supporting crews, collecting paperwork, and meeting with county partners. Essential Responsibilities and Functions: Training: Help to develop and implement crew leader trainings including technical work, protocols, and leadership and facilitation skills. Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season. Mentor Crew Leaders and Crew Leaders in Development. Field Support: Conduct regular visits to crews, project partners and work sites. Communicate and debrief with crew leaders and corps members during field visits. Manage on-the-ground project quality and quantity by providing technical assistance as needed. Oversee project management in front country and remote working locations. Enforce all SCC and agency policies and procedures. Lead educational activities. Provide encouragement, guidelines, and supervision to crew leaders throughout their tenure. Will fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary. Risk Management and Emergencies: The FC Field Supervisor will be one of the first staff responders for crew emergencies and support and, therefore, must be readily available for trips into the field and comfortable with an ever-shifting work schedule. Must participate in an on-call emergency system for crews in the field and help prepare any forms and instruments for emergency planning and use. Recruitment, General Administration and Partnerships: Assist with recruitment and selection of high school, adult, and veteran’s members. This may include visits to schools, community partners, etc. for recruiting and outreach and interviewing applicants. Assist in management of all new hire and additional member paperwork. Physical Requirements: · To successfully perform essential functions the SCC Field Supervisor is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Will be required to climb, hike, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on a frequent basis. Will need to be able to carry heavy loads with backpack and to use hand tools in a variety of weather conditions. · Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer, and reach with hands and arms. · Must be able to drive a vehicle frequently/infrequently during work shift. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Minimum Qualifications: · Leadership experience with a conservation corps. · Experience and desire in working with high school students, young adults, and post-911 Vets. · Strong skill level of rock and timber construction, new trail construction, trail maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing, ecological restoration, and experiential education. · Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT and outdoor leadership. · Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment. · Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills. · Strong conflict resolution and team building skills. · Proficient in computer programs, databases, and other technology. · Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others · Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule, including numerous overnight trips. · Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record. · Must be able to pass a criminal history background check. · Must hold an official certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR. Preferred Qualifications: · S-212 Chainsaw Certification; cross-cut saw certification · Relevant Bachelor’s Degree · Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference Open until filled; interviewing will begin Mid-Late December. Southwest Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy. Please send cover letter and resume to Therese Ryley, Los Valles Program Director at tryley@conservationlegacy.org
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  • Youth Crew Leaders and Leaders in Development

    $685.00 / week

    Locations: Durango, CO or Salida, CO 
    Position Types: Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader OR AmeriCorps Crew Leader in Development (CLDP) 
    Dates: March 30th, 2020 start; 4.5 and 8 month positions available 
    Wages: Crew Leader: $685/Week  
                 CLDP: $425/Week + Minimum $3,047 AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service 
    Benefits: Forest Service Recognized Chainsaw Certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment, Food while in field, Wilderness First Responder for CLDP Members 

     
    This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. Leaders will be mentors, educators and facilitators for high school students, working to increase youth resiliency, build confidence and to be positive role models for their members. Youth Crew Leaders typically have experience in environmental education, the corps world, working with youth, and leadership. Crew Leaders act as mentors to the Youth Crew Leader in Development (CLDP), who may have 1 or 2 of the experiences above, but not all. Together, a Crew Leader and a CDLP lead as a pair.  

    Pairs work together to co-lead a high school crew of up to 8 members during the summer season. High school crews work Monday – Friday and may be camping crews or day crews. Local students ages 14-18 are hired to complete a variety of projects. One day a week is an education day. Crew Leaders and CLDP’s work long days and may work from remote communities, away from the main office. Together, they are responsible for the safety and well-being of their crew, project implementation, creating educational opportunities, and program paperwork each week. All leaders will spend April and May in an intensive crew leader training. (See each complete position description for more details on Spring Season, and each jobs’ responsibilities.) The schedule for leaders is rigorous but rewarding.  

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, communities and environment through hands-on work on our public lands.  

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  • Adult Crew Leaders & Crew Leaders in Development Program (CLDP)

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado

    Title: Adult Crew Leaders & Crew Leaders in Development Program (CLDP)  
    Locations: Durango, CO or Salida, CO  

    Position Types: Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader OR AmeriCorps CLDP 

    Dates: Start Date: March 30th, 2020. Options to end in August or November 2020 
    Wages: Crew Leader: $685 / Week 

    CLDP: $425  / week + $3,047 - $4,266 AmeriCorps Education award, depending on term of service 

    Benefits: U.S. Forest Service Chainsaw and Crosscut Certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Uniforms, Food while in the field, Wilderness First Responder (CLDP members only), Health Benefit Eligible (CLs only) 

       

     
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC supports youth, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 18-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles Regions. Projects include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief. SCC crews work in national parks, forests, and other public lands throughout central and southwestern Colorado. 

      

     

    An Adult Crew Leader or CLDP performs many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative and the desire to devote themselves to working alongside a crew of young adults, ages 18-30, in an environmental setting.  The Crew Leader and CLDP position requires professionalism, patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.    

     

    Crews consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 

    Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. 

     

       
    Visit our website to learn more about each position available and apply!   

    https://sccorps.org/leadership-opportunities

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  • Multi-Watershed Monitoring Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $700.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader

    Reports to: Watershed Programs Coordinator

    Location: Durango, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt

    Start/end date: March 16th, 2020 – end of October 2020

    Wages: $700 / week

    Benefits: Includes health benefits. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, training in multiple rapid vegetation protocols and other development opportunities.

     

    Position Summary:

    This Multi-Watershed Monitoring Crew will work with watershed groups across the Southwest to perform vegetation surveying along streamside habitat in 4 watersheds in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Watershed groups include the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Friends of the Verde River, and Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona. Vegetation monitoring is crucial to informing river restoration efforts across these watersheds that have been severely impacted by invasive species and other stressors.

     

    The primary responsibility of this crew is to collect vegetation monitoring and species inventory data according to each watershed’s rapid monitoring protocol. This crew consists of two individuals (1 crew leader and 1 crew member) that will tie in and work closely with field staff from each watershed group in order to collect data. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of each partnership. Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work and manage a crew remotely are essential for this Crew Leader position. While working (i.e. on-hitch), the crew will camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. Hitch schedules may vary between 4 days on, 3 days off to 8 days on, 6 days off. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

     

    Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role. See below for core competencies:

     

     

    Responsibilities:

     

    Leadership & Mentorship

     

    • Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps
    • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.
    • Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
    • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent SCC. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program

     

     

    Project Management & Implementation

     

    • Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is always maintained
    • Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew
    • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
    • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems
    • Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff

     

     

    Risk Management

     

    • Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
    • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety
    • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers

     

     

    Administration

     

    • Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports
    • Record all project related outcomes and deliverables.
    • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases.

    Required Skills

    Minimum Qualifications:

     

    • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission
    • Ability to effectively and manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week
    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
    • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
    • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Botanical identification training/experience
    • Must be able to speak, understand and write English
    • Relevant Bachelor’s degree (preferably in botany, range science, wildlife or conservation biology, natural resource management, ecology, watershed science, environmental science, or other related field)
    • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
    • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.

     

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

     

    • Leadership experience with youth or young adults
    • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
    • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education
    • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles.
    • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
    • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others
    • Strong conflict resolution skills
    • ArcGIS certification or experience, including use of ArcMap, ArcGIS Online and Arc Collector
    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others

     

    To apply:

     

    Upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Leader application

     

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Emily Kasyon, Watershed Programs Coordinator: ekasyon@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Strike Team Crew Lead (Trails)

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Strike Team Crew Leader - Trails 

    Reports to: Program Director 

    Locations: Durango, CO 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt  

    Start/end date: March 30th, 2020 – Mid August or Mid October 2020   

    Wages: $685 / week 

    Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Mental Health First Aid Training, and other development opportunities. 

    Multiple positions opened until filled. 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC supports youth, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 18-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles Regions. Projects include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief. SCC crews work in national parks, forests, and other public lands throughout central and southwestern Colorado.    

     

    Position Summary: 

    The Strike Team is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2-3 Members, the idea behind it being they will be a more mobile crew that can move around the forest easier to respond to unique projects, where a full 8-person crew would be too cumbersome.  

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Strike Team Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, ability to work independently, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew. 

     

    Responsibilities: 

    Leadership & Mentorship 

    • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work. 
    • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.  
    • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community. 
    • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program. 

     

    Project Management & Implementation 

    • Train and motivate a crew of two to three young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 10-12-hour workday. 
    • Delegation of project work & investment among crew. 
    • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work. 
    • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems. 
    • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, crew & SCC staff. 

     

    Safety & Risk Management 

    • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site. 
    • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety. 
    • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers. 

     

    Administration 

    • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc. 
    • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables. 
    • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases. 

     

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission 
    • Leadership experience with youth or young adults
    • Excellent organizational & communication skills 
    • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others 
    • Ability to effectively and manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week 
    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment 
    • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders
    • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout 
    • Technical trail construction and maintenance experience. Chainsaw or crosscut experience a plus. 
    • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions 
    • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles 
    • High School diploma or GED certificate 
    • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED 
    • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license 

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps 
    • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education 
    • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people 
    • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects 
    • Strong conflict resolution skills 
    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree 
    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others 

     

    Essential Functions: 

    • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen 
    • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms 
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 
    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus 
    • Required to drive an SCC vehicle 
    • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English 
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

     

    To apply:  

    Complete the Crew Leader application, upload resume and cover letter: https://sccorps.org/leadership-opportunities 

     

    Any questions can be addressed to Lisa Slupianek, Program Coordinator: lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org 

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  • Veteran's Fire Corps - Crew Leader 2020

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $685.00 / week

    Date of Employment: Durango, March 2 – November 20, 2020  or Salida, March 30 – October 23, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt 

    Location: Based out of Durango, CO or Salida, CO

    Salary: $685 / week 

    Benefits:  

    Health Benefit Eligible 
       S-212 Chainsaw Certification  

    Colorado Fire Camp Training & Certifications: S-130 & S-190, Firefighter Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior. IS100b, Intro to Incident Command System. IS700, National Incident Management System (NIMS). 

    First Aid & CPR   

    Uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment and Food while in field.  

    Opportunity for intermediate trainings on Chainsaw and Fire. 

    Deadline: Multiple positions open until filled.  

    The Southwest Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering careers and gaining experience in natural resource management.   

     

    The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent era veterans works together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Project work and schedules will vary depending on region and season. Projects require members to camp and live on project locations for up 8 days at a time, followed by 6 days off.  

     

    Trainings will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. Members will go to Colorado Fire Camp to earn S130- Firefighter Training, S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws, IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System, and IS700a-National Incident Management System, as well as First Aid/CPR.     

     

    Additionally, the program aims to provide background knowledge and introductory training in Wildland firefighting. The program assists veterans in their transition to civilian careers by providing contact with potential future employers and trainings in applying for federal land management jobs.    

     

    This AmeriCorps program is designed for veterans who separated from the military at any point after September 11th, 2001 (including but not limited to OIF, OEF, ONO, OCO, and GWoT veterans) who are interested in pursuing educational and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields.  

     

    Responsibilities:  

    Leadership & Mentorship  

    • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.  

    • Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics. 

    • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community. 

    • Mentor and delegate project responsibilities, crew life, and member development to Co-Leader. 

    • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.  

     

    Project Management & Implementation  

    • Train and motivate a crew of six to eight veterans to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 10-12-hour work day. 

    • Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew. 

    • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work. 

    • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems. 

    • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff.  

      

    Safety & Risk Management  

    • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site. 

    • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety. 

    • Transport crew’s and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers. 

      

    Administration  

    • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc. in a timely manner.  

    • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.  

    • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases. 

     

    Essential Functions:  

    • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen.  

    • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms.  

    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  

    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus.  

    • Required to drive an SCC vehicle - and therefore have a very clean driving record.  

    • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English.   

    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

     

    Preferred Qualifications:  

    • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps  

    • Teaching, facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people  

    • NWCG or Equivalent Faller B Chainsaw certification (Or ready to evaluate as one)  

    • Wildland Fire experience (Hot shot, hand crew, engine crew, etc.)   

    • Current 80 hour + medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED  

    • Familiarity with basic conservation skills (hand tool use and maintenance, etc.)  

    • Strong conflict resolution skills  

    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree  

    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others  

     

    Minimum Qualifications:  

    • Leadership experience.  

    • Excellent organizational & communication skills.  

    • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others.  

    • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-45-hour work week.  

    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.  

    • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders.  

    • Desire to learn from and work with recent era military veterans.  

    • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission.  

    • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.  

    • Significant chainsaw operations and maintenance experience. 

    • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions  

    • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, LNT principles   

    • High School diploma or GED certificate   

    • Minimum of Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED current   

    • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license.  

     

     

    To apply: 

    Complete the VFC Crew Leader application: https://sccorps.org/veterans-fire-corps 

    Any questions can be addressed to Jordan Burningham, Program Director: jordan@conservationlegacy.org 

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  • Veterans Fire Corps - Crew Member 2020

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $400.00 / week

    Date of Employment: Durango, March 16 – July 31, 2020 or Salida, May 11 – August 17, 2020
    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt 
    Location: Based out of Durango, CO or Salida, CO

    Salary: $400 / week living stipend, and $2,255 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. The education award may be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified students loans.   

    Benefits:  
    S-212 Chainsaw Certification  
    Colorado Fire Camp Training & Certifications: S-130 & S-190, Firefighter Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior. IS100b, Intro to Incident Command System. IS700, National Incident Management System.    
    First Aid & CPR   
    Uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment and Food while in field 

     
    Ages: 21 - 35 
    Deadline: Open until filled.  
      
    The Southwest Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering careers and gaining experience in natural resource management.   

    The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent era veterans works together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Project work and schedules will vary depending on region and season. Projects require members to camp and live on project locations for up 8 days at a time, followed by 6 days off.  

    Trainings will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. Members will go to Colorado Fire Camp to earn S130- Firefighter Training, S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws, IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System, and IS700a-National Incident Management System, as well as First Aid/CPR.     

    Additionally, the program aims to provide background knowledge and introductory training in Wildland firefighting. The program assists veterans in their transition to civilian careers by providing contact with potential future employers and trainings in applying for federal land management jobs.    

    This AmeriCorps program is designed for veterans who separated from the military at any point after September 11th, 2001 (including but not limited to OIF, OEF, ONO, OCO, and GWoT veterans) who are interested in pursuing educational and professional development in resource management, wildland firefighting and other outdoor related fields.  

    All applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a DD214. Crews are generally comprised of individuals 21-35 years of age who have minimal financial and/or personal commitments.   


    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements  
    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your position.  

     

    Participation and Expedition Behavior  

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences  
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.  
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service.  Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.  
    • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.  
    • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements  
    • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.  

     

    Safety and Judgment  

    • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.  
    • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.  
    • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions  
    • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.  
    • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.  
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.  

     

    Environmental Ethics  

    • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques  

     

    Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)  

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.  
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.  

     

    Substance Free  
    In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.  

    To apply: 
    Complete the VFC Crew Member application: https://sccorps.org/veterans-fire-corps 
    Any questions can be addressed to Lisa Slupianek (Durango), Program Coordinator: lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org or Ben Correll (Salida), Program Coordinator: ben@conservationlegacy.org

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  • Los Valles Youth Field Supervisor - Salida, CO

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $700.00 / week

    Title: Field Supervisor (Youth)

    Reports to: Youth Program Manager

    Location: Salida, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

    Wages: $700/week

    Benefits: 10 days PTO, Eligible for benefits

    Start/end date: Feb- August

     

    Summary: 

    The Field Supervisor will play a key role in bridging the San Luis Valley with the Salida office. The Youth Field Supervisor’s primary role is to provide field and administrative support for the high school summer crews by offering technical assistance, morale support, and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring.  The Field Supervisor will also assist with Corpsmember interviewing and selection, program logistics, and planning and facilitating staff trainings. During the spring season, the field supervisor will be both in the field, supporting crew leader training, and in local schools helping to recruit and select high school members. During the field season, the field supervisor will primarily be in the field supporting crews, collecting paperwork, and meeting with county partners.   

     

    Essential Responsibilities and Functions: 

     

    Training:  Help to develop and implement crew leader trainings including technical work, protocols, and leadership and facilitation skills. Be a role model and mentor throughout training and field season.  Mentor Crew Leaders and Crew Leaders in Development.

     

    Field Support: Conduct regular visits to crews, project partners and work sites. Communicate and debrief with crew leaders and corps members during field visits. Manage on-the-ground project quality and quantity by providing technical assistance as needed. Oversee project management in front country and remote working locations. Enforce all SCC and agency policies and procedures. Lead educational activities. Provide encouragement, guidelines, and supervision to crew leaders throughout their tenure. Will fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary. 

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    Risk Management and Emergencies: The FC Field Supervisor will be one of the first staff responders for crew emergencies and support and, therefore, must be readily available for trips into the field and comfortable with an ever-shifting work schedule. Must participate in an on-call emergency system for crews in the field and help prepare any forms and instruments for emergency planning and use. 

     

    Recruitment, General Administration and Partnerships:  Assist with recruitment and selection of local high school members. This may include visits to schools, community partners, etc. for recruiting and outreach and interviewing applicants. Assist in management of all new hire and additional member paperwork.

     

    Physical Requirements:  

    • To successfully perform essential functions the SCC Field Supervisoris required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Will be required to climb, hike, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on a frequent basis. Will need to be able to carry heavy loads with backpack and to use hand tools in a variety of weather conditions.  
    • Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer, and reach with hands and arms.
    • Must be able to drive a vehicle frequently/infrequently during work shift. 

    Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

     

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Leadership experience with a conservation corps leading high school crews. 
    • Experience and desire in working with high school students. 
    • Strong skill level in trail maintenance. 
    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment. 
    • Excellent communication and teaching/mentoring skills. 
    • Strong conflict resolution and team building skills. 
    • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others 
    • Ability and willingness to work a flexible and varying schedule, including numerous overnight trips. 
    • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record. 
    • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check. 
    • Must hold an official certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR. 

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Experience teaching, facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people 
    • Strong conflict resolution skills 
    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree 

     

    Open until filled; interviewing will begin in January. Southwest Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy. 

     

    TO APPLY:

    Submit a cover letter and resume to Aubrey@conservationlegacy.org. Please call Aubrey at 719-298-1475 with any questions.

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  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Lead - New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 33 weeks with possible extension of <8 weeks

    Number of Positions:   1

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From early April 2020 to late November 2020

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) uses the most common indicators within the land health standards (and to functioning stream systems).  The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout the BLM by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions.  The NAMF is a standardized approach for how the BLM can meet multiple monitoring requirements in a consistent, quantitative and credible manner.

    Lead and technician (“crew member”) will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data directly into SARAH (Stream and Rivers Assessment Hub), a tablet based data-recording database, while on site.  All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands.  Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.  The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, wildlife, range, forestry and others.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in SARAH.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders.  Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre-/post-treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew member’s experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, ecology, natural resource management, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM or similar methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience with and knowledge of some data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional attitude
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training Certificates

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in aquatic or terrestrial monitoring and leading a crew
      • Applicants with previous aquatic or terrestrial AIM experience is highly preferred.
    • Education and/or experience in hydrology, fisheries and/or water resource science
    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can assist in the understanding of dynamic aquatic systems
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads
      • Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices
    • ATV/UTV training and experience
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps (PLC) program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Member - New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From mid-April 2020 to mid-September 2020.

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) uses the most common indicators within the land health standards (and to functioning stream systems).  The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout the BLM by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions.  The NAMF is a standardized approach for how the BLM can meet multiple monitoring requirements in a consistent, quantitative and credible manner.

    Lead and technician (“crew member”) will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data directly into SARAH (Stream and Rivers Assessment Hub), a tablet based data-recording database, while on site.  All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands.  Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.  The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, wildlife, range, forestry and others.

    Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Assists and collaborates with the crew lead when planning fieldwork, managing equipment for the team, collecting data and controlling data quality.  Is interested in learning from the crew lead and BLM project lead throughout the field season.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew lead regarding performance.  The crew member should be passionate about monitoring aquatic resources and sound science principles and be an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office.  Should have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
    • Experience with and knowledge of some data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on- and off-highway
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (2-6 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120  hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $450.00 / week

    Position: Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member

    Dates: April 20th – August 14th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time

    Location: Durango, CO

    Stipend: $450/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certificate, food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, optional CO pesticide applicator license

    AmeriCorps Education Award After Completed Term

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers. 

     

    About the Position

    This Strike Team will work as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP), which is a public-private collaborative of conservation corps, BLM managers, private landowners, local non-profits, and other community members surrounding the Dolores River watershed. The DRRP is in year 11 of an ambitious effort to treat invasive plant species along 175 miles of the Dolores River corridor. The primary responsibilities of this crew are to treat noxious weeds, maintain and participate in revegetation activities such as seeding and planting, collect vegetation monitoring and survey data, and perform general restoration activities as needed by the partnership. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of the partnership and changing conditions of restoration sites.

     

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with SCC, your office is the great outdoors! You will work alongside 1 leader as part of a 2-person crew. Crews work and camp for several days at a time in remote locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and succesfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participare in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary. 

     

    Schedules may vary, but generally are 4 days on and 3 days off. This crew may be required to work 8 days on and 6 days off, so we require all AmeriCorps crew members to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on off days.

     

     

    Required Skills & Experience

     

    Qualifications: To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 30, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), a current driver’s license, and be a US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED. First Aid/CPR required. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

    Desired Qualifications:  The ideal candidates for this position have knowledge of native and invasive plants in the southwest, and interest/experience in treatment and mapping of invasive species.  Experience working independently and with a team in the outdoors, including navigating to sites with a team, are also preferred.  A relevant Bachleors degree as well as GPS and GIS experience are a plus.

    Members are not required to have herbicide experience, though it is a bonus. Members will be put through SCC's Pesticide Training.

     

     

    Participant Essential Eligibilty Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position:

     

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program, including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
    • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
    • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harrassment of others for any reason.
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time.

     

    Safety and Judgement

    • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
    • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
    • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
    • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

     

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and practice Leave No Trace ethics and techniques.
    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.

     

    Substance Free

    • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

     

    To apply:

    Visit https://sccorps.org/small-teams and navigate to the “apply here” link. You can view the full position description and apply.

     

    Any questions can be addressed to:

    Emily Kasyon, Watershed Programs Manager: ekasyon@conservationlegacy.org

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How to Apply

Check out our website to learn more and apply! We accept applications for programs starting in January 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. Questions about our programs can be directed to the following at each office:

Four Corners Office (Durango):
Lisa Slupianek 
lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

Eric Falk  
efalk@conservationlegacy.org

Los Valles Office (Salida):
Ben Correll
ben@conservationlegacy.org

Internship Programs (All SCC Offices)
Clara Moulton
cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org

Ancestral Lands, Acoma Pueblo:
Aaron Lowden
aaron@conservationlegacy.org

Ancestral Lands, Zuni Office:
Ryan Aguilar
raguilar@conservationlegacy.org


Contact Southwest Conservation Corps