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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!

  • Youth Field Supervisor

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $700.00 / week

    Title: Youth Field Supervisor 

    Reports to: Youth Programs Manager 

    Salary: $700/week 

    Location: SCC Four Corners Office | Durango, CO  

    Term: February 10th, 2020 – August 21st, 2020 (Possible extension through fall depending on funding) 

    Status:  Full-time, Seasonal, exempt 

    Benefit Eligible: Per SCC temporary staff policies (Discretionary Days and Health Insurance)  

     

    Summary: 

    The Southwest Conservation Corps’ Youth Field Supervisor’s primary role is to assist the Youth Programs Manager by offering administrative help, recruitment help, program development, educational development and field support to youth crews during the summer season. The Youth Field Supervisor will assist with Youth Corpsmember interviewing and selection, as well as visits to high schools to recruit in person. The Field Supervisor will assist with program development, as well as planning and facilitating trainings. The Youth Field Supervisor will be heavily focused on recruitment and program development for first part of the season and move to primarily field support and visits during June and July. This person will also help facilitate crew leader training when not recruiting. This is an opportunity to help the growing youth program in the Four Corners region, while developing in administrative skills, programmatic operations and logistics.​ 

     

    For a complete position description with essential responsibilities, functions, and qualifications, please visit https://sccorps.org/work-with-us and follow the link for Youth Field Supervisor.

    Once you have read the complete position description, please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to Teresa DiTore, SCC FC Youth Programs Manager: teresa@conservationlegacy.org. Feel free to email questions or call Teresa directly at 970-749-2616. 

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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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  • Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP) Strike Team

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader

    Reports to: Watershed Programs Coordinator

    Location: Durango, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt

    Start/end date: March 30th, 2020 – November 20th, 2020

    Wages: $685 / week

    Benefits: Includes health benefits. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Colorado pesticide applicator examination and licensure, and other development opportunities.

     

    Position Summary:

    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, and other community members surrounding the Dolores River watershed. The DRRP is in year 10 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. Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this Strike Team leader position.

     

    This crew leader will be responsible for leading a 2 to 3-person crew (1 leader, 1-2 members). 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.
    • Must be able to speak, understand and write English
    • 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:

     

    • 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
    • Botanical identification training/experience
    • Chainsaw experience
    • Experience with application and handling of pesticides/herbicides. Current pesticide licensure in the state of Colorado is a plus
    • Relevant Bachelor’s degree
    • 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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  • 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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  • Veteran's Fire Corps Crew Leader Development Program

    Los Valles Office - Salida, Colorado
    $425.00 / week
    Title: Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader  Reports to: Program Director  Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)   Reports to: Program Director  Location: Salida, CO  Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt   Start/end date: March 30, 2020 – August 7, 2020.   Living Stipend: $425/week Benefits: $4266.50 AmeriCorps Education Award, Food provided while in the field, uniforms. USFS recognized Chainsaw + additional wildland firefighting certifications. Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification  Start/end date: March 30, 2020 – October 30, 2020  Position Summary:   Crews consists of 6-8 post-911 Veterans 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 or 5 days on-hitch, 2 days off. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC has an option for accommodations off-hitch for VFC crew leaders and crew members.   The Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) for the VFC is designed for those with strong leadership capacity but need to build technical competencies required to lead wildland firefighting and/or land management crews. CLDPs, along with Crew Leaders, will lead Veterans in completing technical wildland firefighting certification courses and fuels reduction 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:   Required Skills Responsibilities & Core Competencies:   Leadership & Mentorship  Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability Model strong communication and conflict resolution skills Demonstrate high skill in trauma-informed care Project Management & Implementation  Instruct, train & motivate a crew to complete high quality technical fire mitigation projects Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is maintained at camp Delegate project work & camp chores Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, crew leader, & SCC staff  Risk Management  Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health Exhibit strong situational awareness at worksite and campsite   Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans and large SUVs with trailers   Administrative Skills  Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports, etc Record all project related outcomes and deliverables  Manage food budget and credit card for purchases, providing receipts for all purchases Required Experience Minimum Qualifications:  Outdoor leadership experience with young adults Physically fit and able to work 40-50 hr work weeks  High School diploma or GED certificate  Chainsaw experience  Must be 21, or have had a driver’s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), and a current driver’s license Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with SCC or other conservation corps Experience working with trauma-impacted populations  Relevant Bachelor’s Degree Military experience preferred Essential Functions:  Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen.  Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, 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.  Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions  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 may not apply to your particular position.   To Apply:  Complete CLDP Application, upload cover letter & resume: www.sccorps.org/join/crew-leaders/. For questions, contact Therese Ryley, Program Director at tryley@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 9 – 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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  • Four Corners Field Supervisor

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $700.00 / week

    Title:   Field and Logistics Supervisor                                                                                  

    Reports to: Logistics Coordinator                            

    Salary: $700/week

    Location: SCC Four Corners Durango, CO Office  

    Term: March 9th, 2020 – November 22nd, 2020

    Status:  Full-time, Seasonal, exempt

    Benefit Eligible: Per SCC temporary staff policies (PTO and Health Insurance)

     

    Summary:

    The Field Supervisor’s primary roles are to provide field and logistical support to our field staff and seasonal conservation crews, saw crews and Veterans 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. Field Supervisors will support both adult, veteran and youth crews. Field time during training season is 100%. Field/office time will vary depending on seasonal and programmatic needs but will usually be close to 50% or more of this positions’ time. This is a great opportunity to continue field exposure, while also developing in administrative skills, programmatic operations and logistics.

     

    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 Supervisor may spend the majority of the 8 week training season embedded in the field with the crews to help set the tone and expectations for the season.

    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. Provide encouragement, guidelines, and supervision to crew leaders throughout their tenure. May fill in for vacant crew leader positions as necessary.                 

    Programming: Assist with planning, scheduling and implementing crew projects.  Assist with development and coordination of risk management policies. Facilitate corps member development in the field.

    Tools, Equipment, Gear: Plan and help CL’s with food planning and project logistics.  Assist Logistics Coordinator in maintaining a clean and efficient base of operations. Work within an established program budget regarding necessary purchases. Help to maintain vehicles and trailers. Develop and implement strategies to improve vehicles safety and care. Maintain a clean and efficient operations center.  Assist with rig-ups and de-rigs, including organizing and leading de-rig and volunteer events.

    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.

    Recruitment, General Administration and Partnerships:  Assist with recruitment and selection of local and national applicants for members of conservation crews and veteran’s crews—as needed. 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. Help maintain accurate reporting of all necessary information and complete program reports, project, program and crew leader evaluations throughout the season. Assist with develop and maintenance of partnerships with community and project partners.

     

    Physical Requirements:

    • To successfully perform essential functions the SCC FC 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, reach with hands and arms, name other equipment of use.
    • 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 youth corps
    • Experience and desire in working with youth, young adults and veterans.
    • Strong skill level in at least one or more of the following areas: rock and timber construction, new trail construction, trail maintenance, chainsaw operation and maintenance, crosscut use and maintenance, hand tool maintenance, fencing and ecological restoration projects.
    • 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 a current certification in Wilderness First Responder and CPR or higher level certification.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps
    • Experience teaching, facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people
    • Strong conflict resolution skills
    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference
    • Current B Level certification on Chainsaw and/or Crosscut based on current USFS standards – OR ready to evaluate as one.

     

    TO APPLY: 

    Please send a resume and cover letter and three professional references to Richard Brown, SCC FC Logistics Coordinator

    richard@conservationlegacy.org. Feel free to email questions or call Richard directly at 970-759-1163 (within regular business hours) 

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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


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