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For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19. The information provided in our Position Descriptions are an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.

We are now beginning to hire for the 2021 season. Throughout the next few months, the majority of our positions will be added. please check back often to see new openings!

Individual Placement positions (internships) may be added here but can always be found at our website and are hired throughout the year!

*Positions available in both Durango and Salida, CO.

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

  • Trails Strike Team Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Strike Team Crew Leader

    Reports to: Program Manager 

    Locations: Durango, CO 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt 

    Start/end date: March 29, 2021 – September 17, 2021

    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 and other development opportunities. 

    Multiple positions open until filled. 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

      

    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. 

     

    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. 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.

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

    • 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
    • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects
    • Strong conflict resolution skills
    • Leadership experience with youth or young adults
    • Crosscut or Chainsaw experience
    • Technical trail experience
    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree
    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others.

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    To apply:  

    Upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Leader application: www.sccorps.org/join/crew-leaders/ 

    Any questions can be addressed to: Lisa Slupianek, Four Corners Adult Program Manager - lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org 

  • Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $500.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) 

    Reports to: Program Manager 

    Location: Durango CO 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt   

    Start/end date: March 29th, 2021 – November 12th, 2021 

    Living Stipend: $500 / week 

    Benefits: $4,336 AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Question, Persuade Wilderness First Responder, 5 days of PTO (structured in August) 

    Multiple positions opened until filled. 

      

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.   
      

    Position Summary:  

    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 chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Develop Program (CLDP) members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 

      

    The AmeriCorps CLDP is a two-phase program. Basic program structure will include:   

    • 1st phase: 8 weeks of training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, staff, and culture, policies and procedures, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front and backcountry living, Leave No Trace, USFS recognized Chainsaw and Crosscut training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics and Wilderness Medicine (WFR). Schedule during Crew Leader Training may vary. 
    • 2nd phase: Co-leading adult conservation crews. While co-leading, CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and wellbeing of a 6 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, disaster deployment, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew.  

      

    General Qualifications:  

    • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check. 
    • Past conservation experience preferred but not required. 
    • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers, and SCC staff, and appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps. 
    • Leadership: Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 18-30). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and desire to grow.  
    • Adaptability: Projects entail uncertainty and include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be patient and maintain a positive perspective. 
    • Community Building: Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group. Members must be willing to work hard, respect others' viewpoints, embrace diversity, be committed to equity, and inclusive of differing backgrounds. 
    • Environmental Stewardship: Members must engage leave no trace principles pertaining to public land stewardship and management. 
    • Fitness:SCC projects are physically demanding! 10-hour long workdays consist of hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions using tools. Projects often take place at elevation – above 8,500’ – and in variable weather conditions. Members must confront conditions while leading their crew to do the same.  
    • Corps Member Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and mentor.  
    • Driving: Must be 21or have had a driver’s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), and a current driver’s license. 
    • Education: At a minimum, CLDP members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. CLDP members obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award. 
    • Citizenship: Member's must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S. citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.  

      

    Essential Functions:  

    • Required to walk, hike, sit, talk, and listen 
    • Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, and to reach with hands and arms 
    • 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 
    • 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.  

      

    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. 

     

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

      

    To Apply: 

    Complete CLDP Application, upload cover letter & resume: www.sccorps.org/join/crew-leaders/ 

    Any questions can be addressed to: 

    Eric Falk, Four Corners Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org 

  • Adult Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader 

    Reports to: Program Manager 

    Locations: Durango, CO 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt 

    Start/end date: March 29, 2021 – November 12, 2021  

    Wages: $685 / week 

    Benefits: Food provided while in the field, Health Benefit Eligible, uniforms, U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Mental Health First Aid Trainings, 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and other development opportunities. 

    Multiple positions open until filled. 

      

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 
     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

      

    Position Summary: 

    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. 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. 

      

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

    • 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 
    • Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects 
    • Strong conflict resolution skills 
    • Leadership experience with youth or young adults 
    • Crosscut or Chainsaw experience 
    • Technical trail experience 
    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree 
    • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others. 

      

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

     

    To apply:  

    Upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Leader application: www.sccorps.org/join/crew-leaders/ 

     

    Any questions can be addressed to: 

    Jeanine Russell, Four Corners Program Coordinator – jrussell@conservationlegacy.org  

  • Los Valles Youth Crew Leader

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Youth Crew Leader 

    Reports to: Youth Programs Manager 

    Location: Salida, CO | Los Valles Office 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt  

    Dates: March 29th – August 13th, 2021

    Wages: $685/week

    Health Benefits: Not eligible

    Benefits: 3 days’ discretionary time, 5 PTO days built in, Food provided while in the

    field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized OHLEC Chainsaw

    training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training,

    Trauma Informed Approach Training, and Restorative Justice Training

    Multiple positions opened until filled.

     

    **For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided below is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.

     

    Position Summary: 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. SCC’s Youth Crew Leaders will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills week, Chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work. In June, crew leaders will mentor a CLDP and co-lead two 5-week sessions with high school students ages 14-18. Crews will complete a variety of local conservation projects. Crew Leaders can expect to work 10 days on and 4 days off during the training season, and 5 days on, 2 days off during the summer.

     

    Responsibilities/Required Skills: 

    Leadership & Mentorship

    *Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities.  

    * 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 and member development to Crew Leader in Development.

    * 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, motivate and supervise a crew of six high school students to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within 8 hours of project work/day, while managing quality of work

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

     

    Safety & Risk Management

    **Implement and enforce SCC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear.
    * 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
    *Implement and enforce COVID policies including sanitation protocols, mask wearing, and social distancing 

    Administration

    * Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, behavior management forms, incident reports, and project related 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

    * Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English

    * Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

     

    Minimum Qualifications:

    * Leadership experience with youth.

    * Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR, WEMT) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to March 29th, 2021.

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

    * Technical trail construction and maintenance experience

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

    * High School diploma or GED certificate

    * Must be able to pass a criminal history background check

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

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

    * Experience with experiential and/or environmental education

    * Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps

    * Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people

    * Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects. 

    * Strong conflict resolution skills

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

     

    To Apply:

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

    * Questions can be addressed to:

     

    Aubrey Tamietti | Youth Programs Manager

    SCC Los Valles - Salida, CO Office

    719-298-1475 | aubrey@conservationlegacy.org

     

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

  • Los Valles Youth Crew Leader Development Program

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $500.00 / week

    Title:  AmeriCorps Youth Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) member 

    Reports to: Youth Programs Manager 

    Location: Salida, CO | Los Valles Office

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt  

    Dates: March 29th– August 13th, 2021

    Wages: AmeriCorps Living stipend of $500/week + AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,360=(675 hour slot) upon successful completion of the program.

    Benefits: 3 days’ discretionary time, 5 days PTO built in. Food provided while in the field,
    uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized OHLEC Chainsaw training,
    QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training, Trauma Informed Approach Training, Restorative Justice Training


    **Wilderness Medicine:CLDP members are provided with Wilderness First Responder/CPR/AED training. There will be a WFR course available in Durango at the end of March through Desert Mountain Medicine. Other acceptable WFR Courses and Re-certification Courses can be reimbursed (up to $650) but must be taken prior to the start of the season.**


    Multiple positions opened until filled. 

    **For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided below is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.

    This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. CLDP’s 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. 

    The AmeriCorps (A*C) Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is a two-phase program.  The first phase focuses on orientation, training and development, the second phase focuses on implementation and continued leadership development. The AmeriCorps CLDP will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills week, Chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work. In June, leaders will transition to co-leading two 5-week sessions with high school students ages 14-18. Each CLDP will be paired with an experienced crew leader. Crew Leaders can expect to work 10 days on and 4 days off during the training season, and 5 days on, 2 days off during the summer. Sessions will be Monday-Friday and are either camping or day crews. Crews will complete local conservation based projects that may include: trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement and invasive species removal, re-vegetation, fencing carpentry, gardening and local environmental service projects.  

    Co-leader pairs are responsible for the physical safety and emotional well-being of their crew, project management and implementation, creating developmental and educational opportunities, completing program paperwork each week. Camping crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. Day Crew Leaders will have a camping location and food provided during the work week.

    **In response to COVID-19, we have adjusted our typical schedule to keep health and safety as our top priority. Depending on proximity to the work site, crews either return to town each day, or camp at the project site (we refer to this as a “hitch”) for its duration. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting, includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch.

    Required Skills:

    General Qualifications: 

    • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check. 
    • Past conservation experience preferred but not required. 
    • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers and SCC staff, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. (This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol and drugs while on "hitch"). 
    • Adaptability: Projects have a degree of uncertainty and will include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout. 
    • Leadership: Experience or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young individuals (ages range from 14–18 years old for youth crews, 18-25 for adult crews). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life at work. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and a desire to grow continually.  
    • Community Building: Strong interest in helping others to grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group setting. Members must be willing to work hard, listen to and respect others' viewpoints, be tolerant of diversity, participate as a team, and be dedicated to the SCC mission. 
    • Environmental Stewardship: Members must have a genuine enjoyment and desire for caring for the land while living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions. 
    • Fitness: SCC projects are physically demanding!!! Projects involve hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting and repetitive motions while using a variety of hand tools. Projects can sometimes take place at very high elevations, above 8,500', and in variable weather conditions (i.e. low desert to high alpine). Members should be ready to confront these conditions while being able to help and encourage others that they are leading.  
    • Conservation: Experience or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands, and having a flexible definition of what 'conservation' means. 
    • Corpsmember Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and/or mentor.  
    • Driving: Members are responsible for driving 8-12-passenger vehicles while pulling a trailer. In order to drive, members must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver's license. 
    • Education: At a minimum, members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. Members must agree to obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.  
    • Citizenship: Member's must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.  

    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 particular position. 

    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. 

    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 
    • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English  
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities 

    To Apply: 

    Aubrey Tamietti | Youth Programs Manager

    SCC Los Valles

    719-298-1475 | aubrey@conservationlegacy.org

  • Four Corners Youth Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Youth Crew Leader  

    Reports to: Youth Programs Manager  

    Location: Durango, CO | Four Corners Office  

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt   

    Dates: March 29th – August 13th, 2021 

    Wages: $685/week 

    Health Benefits: Not eligible 

    Benefits: 3 days’ discretionary time, 2 PTO days built in, Food provided while in the  

    field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized OHLEC Chainsaw  

    training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training,  

    Trauma Informed Approach Training, Restorative Justice Approach Training 

    Multiple positions opened until filled

    **For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided below is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants. 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).   

    Position Summary: 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. SCC’s Youth Crew Leaders will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills week, Chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work. In June, crew leaders will mentor a CLDP and co-lead two 4-week sessions with high school students ages 14-18. Crews will complete a variety of local conservation projects. Crew Leaders can expect to work 10 days on and 4 days off during the training season, and 5 days on, 2 days off during the summer.    

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ 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, effective communication skills, excellent judgement and decision-making, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to youth, the environment and a crew experience. The Crew Leader position requires patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Leaders take a trauma informed approach to working with peers and youth in the outdoors. It also involves an administration role, where weekly paperwork is due in a timely manner to supervisors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew, as well as safety and well-being.   

    Required Skills

    **In response to COVID-19, we have adjusted our typical schedule to keep health and safety as our top priority. Currently, the typical schedule is 8-hour days: 10 days on followed by four days off, or five days on followed by two days off. Depending on proximity to the work site, crews either return to town each day, or camp at the project site (we refer to this as a “hitch”) for its duration. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting, includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. 

    Responsibilities/Required Skills:  

    Leadership & Mentorship 

    * 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 

    * Mentor and delegate project responsibilities and member development to Crew Leader in Development. 

    * 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, motivate and supervise a crew of six to eight high school students to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within 8 hours of project work/day, while managing quality of work 

    * Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems 

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

    Safety & Risk Management 

    **Implement and enforce SCC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear. 
    * 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 
    *Implement and enforce COVID policies including sanitation protocols, mask wearing, and social distancing  

    Administration 

    * Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, and project related 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 

    * Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English 

    * Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions 

     

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    * Leadership experience with youth.  

    * Must hold current advanced medical certification (WFR, WEMT) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to March 29th, 2021. (WFA not accepted).  

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

    * Ability to effectively & efficiently 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 commit fully to the program and its mission. 

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

    * Technical trail construction 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 

    * Must be able to pass a criminal history background check 

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

      

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    * Experience with experiential and/or environmental education  

    * Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps 

    * Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people 

    * Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects.  

    * Strong conflict resolution skills 

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

      

    To Apply: 

    * Visit https://sccorps.org/leadership-opportunities! Complete the Crew Leader Application, upload cover letter and resume.   

    * Questions can be addressed to: 

    Teresa DiTore | Youth Programs Manager                             
    SCC Four Corners - Durango, CO Office 
    970-749-2616 | teresa@conservationlegacy.org 

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

  • Four Corners Youth Crew Leader Development Program

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $500.00 / week

    Title:  AmeriCorps Youth Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) member  

    Reports to: Youth Programs Manager  

    Location: Durango, CO | Four Corners Office 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-Exempt   

    Dates: March 29th– August 13th, 2021 

    Wages: AmeriCorps Living stipend of $500/week + AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,360 upon successful completion of the program. 

    Benefits:  3 days’ discretionary time, 2 days PTO built in. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized OHLEC Chainsaw training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training, Trauma Informed Approach Training, Restorative Justice Approach 
    *Wilderness Medicine: CLDP members are provided with Wilderness First Responder/CPR/AED training. There will be a WFR course available in Durango at the end of March through Desert Mountain Medicine. Other acceptable WFR Courses and Re-certification Courses can be reimbursed (up to $650but must be taken prior to the start of the season.  
    Multiple positions opened until filled.  

    **For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided below is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants. 

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).   

     

    This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. CLDP’s 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.   
     

    The AmeriCorps (A*C) Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is a two-phase program.  The first phase focuses on orientation, training and development, the second phase focuses on implementation and continued leadership development. The AmeriCorps CLDP will spend 8 weeks in a crew leader training period, which will include a Leadership skills week, Chainsaw training, technical trails training, a youth crew leader training, and prep weeks in addition to project work. In June, leaders will transition to co-leading two 4-week sessions with high school students ages 14-18. Each CLDP will be paired with an experienced crew leader. Crews will complete a variety of local conservation and community projects. Crew Leaders can expect to work 10 days on and 4 days off during the training season, and 5 days on, 2 days off during the summer. 

     

    Co-leader pairs are responsible for the physical safety and emotional well-being of their crew, project management and implementation, creating developmental and educational opportunities, completing program paperwork each week. Camping crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. Day Crew Leaders will have a camping location and food provided during the work week.  

     

    Required Skills

     

     
    **In response to COVID-19, we have adjusted our typical schedule to keep health and safety as our top priority. Currently, the typical schedule is 8-hour days: 10 days on followed by four days off, or five days on followed by two days off. Depending on proximity to the work site, crews either return to town each day, or camp at the project site (we refer to this as a “hitch”) for its duration. The day starts with a stretch circle and safety meeting, includes two fifteen-minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. 

    Required Skills: 

    General Qualifications:  

    • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check.  
    • Past conservation experience preferred but not required.  
    • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers and SCC staff, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. (This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol and drugs while on "hitch").  
    • Adaptability: Projects have a degree of uncertainty and will include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout.  
    • Leadership: Experience or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young individuals (ages range from 14–18 years old for youth crews, 18-25 for adult crews). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life at work. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and a desire to grow continually.   
    • Community Building: Strong interest in helping others to grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group setting. Members must be willing to work hard, listen to and respect others' viewpoints, be tolerant of diversity, participate as a team, and be dedicated to the SCC mission.  
    • Environmental Stewardship: Members must have a genuine enjoyment and desire for caring for the land while living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions.  
    • Fitness: SCC projects are physically demanding!!! Projects involve hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting and repetitive motions while using a variety of hand tools. Projects can sometimes take place at very high elevations, above 8,500', and in variable weather conditions (i.e. low desert to high alpine). Members should be ready to confront these conditions while being able to help and encourage others that they are leading.   
    • Conservation: Experience or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands, and having a flexible definition of what 'conservation' means.  
    • Corpsmember Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and/or mentor.   
    • Driving: Members are responsible for driving 8-12-passenger vehicles while pulling a trailer. In order to drive, members must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver's license.  
    • Education: At a minimum, members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. Members must agree to obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.   
    • Citizenship: Member's must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.   

      

    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 particular 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 staff 
    • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to carry out service work requirements 
    • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.  

    Safety and Judgment  

    • **Implement and enforce SCC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear. 
    • 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 conditions  
    • Perceive and comprehend 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.  
    • 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  

    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.  

    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  
    • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English   
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities  
       

    To Apply:  

    Teresa DiTore | Youth Programs Manager 

    SCC Four Corners 

    970-749-2616 | teresa@conservationlegacy.org 

  • Los Valles Crew Leader

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader 

    Reports to: Program Director 

    Locations: Salida, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

    Start/end date: March 30, 2021 – November 1, 2021

    Wages: $685 / week 

    Benefits: If position is 26+ weeks, medical benefits option available. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS-recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, & 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. The SCC Los Valles office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, in Salida Colorado, and serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles. SCC Los Valles supports youth (ages 14-17), adult (ages 18-30), and veteran (ages 21-35) fire programs Adult Program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species mitigation, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, 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. 
     
    Position Summary: 

    SCC Los Valles 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, risk management, trauma-informed care, and restorative justice. 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 

    • Embody equity, ensure inclusion, and embrace diversity (equity, inclusion, and diversity) within the corps. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Lead and participate in Land Acknowledgements that recognize Indigenous communities who have historically and continue to steward the Los Valles region.
      • Employ a restorative justice approach to disciplinary incidents
      • Facilitate and engage in environmental education that addresses the fraught history of public lands in the United States.
      • Employ a trauma-informed approach to building crew dynamics
      • Be accountable to ensuring the SCC Los Valles community centers the experiences of members of historically marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Women of Color (QTBIPOC)
    • 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 transformation skills

    Required Experience

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Outdoor leadership experience with youth and/or young adults
    • Physically fit and able to work 40-50 hr work weeks
    • High School diploma or GED certificate
    • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED
    • 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
    • Chainsaw experience
    • Experience working with trauma-impacted populations

    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
    • 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

    To Apply: 

    For SCC Los Valles, equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans, Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply through our website at sccorps.org for the LOS VALLES region. For inquiries, contact Thérèse d’Auria Ryley, SCC Los Valles Program Director, and tryley@conservationlegacy.org.

    Conservation Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

  • Los Valles Youth Crew Leader Development Program 2021

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $500.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) 

    Reports to: Program Director  

    Location: Salida, CO 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt   

    Start/end date: March 30, 2021 – Early November 2021

    Living Stipend: $500 / week 

    Benefits: $4,266 AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Wilderness First Responder & CPR/AED certification  

    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. The SCC Los Valles office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, in Salida Colorado, and serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles. The SCC Los Valles Adult Program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species mitigation, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, 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. 

     

    Position Summary:  

    Crews consist of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. The standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exceptions. On-hitch, crews’ camps together, prepare all meals together and work together as a group to complete all chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Develop Program (CLDP) members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 

    The AmeriCorps CLDP is a two-phase program. The basic program structure will include:   

    • 1st phase: 8 weeks of training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, policies, and procedures, restorative justice, trauma-informed care, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front and backcountry living, Leave No Trace, USFS recognized Chainsaw and Crosscut training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics, and Wilderness Medicine (WFR). Schedule during Crew Leader Training may vary.  
    • 2nd phase: Co-leading adult conservation crews. While co-leading, CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and wellbeing of a 6 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, disaster deployment, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew. 

     

    Required Skills

    • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check.  
    • Past conservation experience preferred but not required.  

     

    • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers, and SCC staff, and appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps.  
    • Leadership: Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 18-30). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and desire to grow.   
    • Adaptability: Projects entail uncertainty and include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be patient and maintain a positive perspective.   
    • Community Building: Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group. Members must be willing to work hard, respect others' viewpoints, be committed to equity, be inclusive of differing backgrounds, and embrace diversity.
    • Environmental Stewardship: Members must engage leave no trace principles pertaining to public land stewardship and management. 
    • Fitness:SCC projects are physically demanding! 10 hour-long workdays consist of hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions using tools. Projects often take place at elevation – above 8,500’ – and in variable weather conditions. Members must confront conditions while leading their crew to do the same.   
    • Corps Member Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and mentor.      

    Required Experience

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Driving: 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. 
    • Education: At a minimum, CLDP members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. CLDP members obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.   
    • Citizenship: Members must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S. citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

    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  
    • 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  

     

    For SCC Los Valles equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact ben@conservationlegacy.org for inquiries and submit an application on our website at sccorps.org for the LOS VALLES region.

     

    Interested to learn about the CLDP experience? Want support in preparing your application? Contact ttaylor@conservationlegacy.org

  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Lead

    Varies
    $685.00 / week

    Lotic Ecological Monitoring

    with the Bureau of Land Management

    and Southwest Conservation Corps

     

    Position Title:  Crew Leader

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary

    Number of Positions:  2

    Location:  Taos BLM Field Office, New Mexico or Las Cruces BLM District Office, New Mexico

    Program Dates:  Taos: Approx. early April 2021 to early April 2022 (52 weeks).  Las Cruces: Approx. early April 2021 to late November 2021 (40 weeks).

    Salary:  $685/week

    Benefits:  Paid training; camping food allowance ($15/day via company credit card); health benefits

    Hiring Benefit:   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; see below. 

    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. 

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) 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 BLM lands by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches within streams, 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.

    One Crew Lead and one Crew Member will work together to sample wadeable streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework and Aquatic AIM methodology.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data into Survey123, a tablet-based data-recording program, 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.  Unconventional work hours, including 10 (sometimes 10+) hour days, are expected.  Using a BLM- provided vehicle, crews will drive to several different areas of a vast sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles per 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 crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and good judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew member regarding performance.  Facilitates a quality experience for the Crew Member via SCC’s program structure, and that the Crew Member is learning skills and competencies according to their development plan.

    Is the primary contact between the crew, the SCC supervisor, and BLM staff.  Maintains a positive working relationship with BLM project and data lead(s).  Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the Crew Lead is primarily responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in SARAH.

    Completes summary reports of the data, coordinating with and presenting to the BLM Project Lead.

    The Crew Lead should be passionate about sound science principles, respectful of the equipment and methodology, an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office, and willing to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire, and wildlife programs within the BLM.  

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with coursework in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, ecology, biology, 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
    • Able to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a team and able to lead and work well with others
    • Have excellent communication (including in-person, email, and phone), organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience with Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other similar software
    • Experience collecting data electronically
    • Interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can assist in understanding dynamic aquatic systems
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period, with excellent discernment of when to ask for help. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in both the office and field.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their duties and all associated skills
    • Capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time while taking precise, repetitive measurements, 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 spend multiple days (1-8 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 an agency four-wheel drive pick-up truck on- and off-highway, sometimes over/around tricky or unexpected obstacles. If little prior off-road driving experience, then willing to learn.
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • 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 able to obtain) CPR, Wilderness First Aid (compensated), and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Six months’ experience in aquatic or terrestrial monitoring/inventory in a leadership capacity, or previous experience with the lotic or terrestrial AIM methodology
    • 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 safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads
      • Willing to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Field safety and risk management training
    • Experience working or recreating in desert or rangeland ecosystems

    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 position announcement here and click "New Application" at bottom.

    Or, go to: https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the link to the above.  Application involves cover letterresume/CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.  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 Manager Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Member

    Varies
    $520.00 / week

    Lotic Ecological Monitoring with the Bureau of Land Management and Southwest Conservation Corps

    Position Title:  Crew Member

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary

    Number of Positions:  2

    Location:  Taos BLM Field Office, New Mexico or Las Cruces BLM District Office, New Mexico

    Program Dates:  Approx. mid-April 2021 to mid-September 2021 (23 weeks)

    Salary:  $520/week

    Benefits:  Paid training; camping food allowance ($15/day via company credit card); AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,097.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefit:   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; see below. 

    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.

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) 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 BLM lands by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches within streams, 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.

    One Crew Lead and one Crew Member will work together to sample wadeable streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework and Aquatic AIM methodology.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data into Survey123, a tablet-based data-recording program, 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.  Unconventional work hours, including 10 (sometimes 10+) hour days, are expected.  Using a BLM- provided vehicle, crews will drive to several different areas of a vast sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles per 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.  Consistently exercises discretion and good judgment. 

    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.  Maintains a positive working relationship with the Crew Lead and BLM project lead.  Takes an active role in their personal and professional development goals throughout the season.

    The crew member should be passionate about monitoring aquatic resources and sound science principles, respectful of the equipment and methodology, an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office, and willing 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) coursework in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, ecology, biology, 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
    • 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
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience with Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other similar software
    • Experience collecting data
    • Experience using navigation systems of any kind
    • Interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can assist in understanding dynamic aquatic systems
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period, with excellent discernment of when to ask for help. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time while taking precise, repetitive measurements, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor
    • Willing and demonstrably capable of spending multiple days (1-8 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
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving an agency-provided four-wheel drive pick-up truck on- and off-highway, sometimes over/around tricky or unexpected obstacles. If little prior off-road driving experience, then willing to learn.
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • 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 able to obtain) CPR, Wilderness First Aid (compensated), and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating four-wheel drive trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (2-6 hours at a time).
      • Willing to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices
    • Field safety and risk management training
    • Experience working or recreating in desert or rangeland ecosystems

    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 position announcement here and click "New Application" at bottom.

    Or, go to: https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the link to the above.  Application involves cover letterresume/CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.  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 late January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Manager Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

  • Emergency Stabilization & Recovery and Fuels Reduction Project Monitoring Crew Lead

    Varies
    $685.00 / week

    Emergency Stabilization & Recovery / Fuels Reduction Project Monitoring

    with

    The Bureau of Land Management

    and

    Southwest Conservation Corps

     

     

    Position Title:  Crew Leader

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary

    Number of Positions:  1

    Location: 

    Based out of Montrose, CO in the Uncompahgre BLM Field Office.  Fieldwork ranges throughout much of southwestern CO.

    Program Dates: 

    Late April or early May 2021 to late April/early May 2022 (52 weeks)

    Salary:  $685/week

    Benefits:  Paid training; camping food allowance ($13/day via company credit card); health benefits package; 10 paid days of personal leave

    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.  Must be under age 31 upon issue of certificate.

    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. 

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Program Overview:

    Crews conduct vegetation monitoring for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Emergency Stabilization & Recovery and fuel vegetation treatment projects using the BLM’s Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology and supplemental methods like belt and Brown transects when applicable.  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.

    Within all plots, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species cover and composition data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits.  All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Data are collected on site with tablets using ESRI Collector and Survey123 applications and are further analyzed and, at the end of the season, 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 (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day carrying equipment, and return to the office for equipment and data management. 

    *We have developed and successfully implemented protocols in precaution against COVID-19 transmission between crew personnel.  Protocols address mask-wearing, cleaning, sanitation, on-the-job health reports, and isolation if necessary.  Crews will ride in the same vehicle, go grocery shopping, and share camping and sampling equipment.  Some remote accommodations for the periodic days of office work are available.  Crews may be asked to be flexible and accommodating in using their personal space when the physical BLM office is less available for any reason.*

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    The crew lead supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, schedule, efficiency, and professional development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates and delegates field logistics, hitch plans, food budget scheduling, crew tasks, debriefs, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    The crew lead is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff.  Completes necessary administrative paperwork.  Holds and documents spending of a company credit card.  Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in Collector for ArcGIS.

    At the end of the season, the crew lead may 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 ESR/Fuels Reduction program in the Field and District Office, and have a willingness to learn about how the 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 coursework in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field
      • OR previous professional experience performing ES&R or AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Able to produce identification as stipulated by I-9upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Able to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with (digital, preferred) data collection and Microsoft Suite software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or similar
    • Excellent communication (including in-person, email, and phone), organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience working as part of a team and able to work well with others
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period, with excellent discernment of when to ask for help. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in both the office and field.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their duties and all associated skills
    • 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 spend multiple days (1-8 days at a time) making day trips and car-camping in remote areas; willing to learn, teach, and adhere to best practices for field safety, comfort, and low-impact principles
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving an agency four-wheel drive pick-up truck on- and off-highway, sometimes over/around tricky or unexpected obstacles
      • If little prior off-road driving experience, then willing to learn
      • Willing to constantly demonstrate and enforce best driving practices
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • Able 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 able to obtain) CPR, Wilderness First Aid (reimbursed if personally obtained or re-certified after May 2020), and Defensive Driver Training certificates
    • At least 1 cumulative year of experience identifying plants to species in the field, from photos, taxonomic keys, and/or pressed specimens
    • Able to rapidly learn and organize the names of 10s of plants per week, especially in the beginning of the season

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Previous standardized ecological monitoring or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience
    • Previous leadership experience
    • Familiarity with the region’s flora and associated taxonomic keys, or nearby
    • Experience texturing soil by hand, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with mobile data collection using Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 apps
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Field safety and risk management training
    • Experience working or recreating in desert or rangeland ecosystems

    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 position announcement at https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the "Apply Here!" link. Then select "New Application" at the bottom of the screen. Application involves cover letterresume or CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.  If interested in multiple locations, please clearly rank interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

     

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

  • Crew Member: Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring in Colorado and New Mexico

    Varies
    $520.00 / week

    Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring

    with

    the Bureau of Land Management

    and

    Southwest Conservation Corps

     

    Position Title:  Crew Member

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Number of Positions:  23

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

    Locations in New Mexico:  Farmington, Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos, and Carlsbad

    Living Stipend:   $520/week ($600/week in Carlsbad)

    Benefits:  Paid training; camping food allowance ($13/day via company credit card); AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,907.50 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.  See below.  Must be under age 31 upon issue of certificate.

    Program Dates:  Approx. May 10, 2021 to October 15, 2021

    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.

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    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.

    Crews maintain and track botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed.  The crew member will continuously learn the local flora and build botanical knowledge. The crew member should be passionate about both the soils, botanical, and other natural systems and have a willingness to grow and share that passion and knowledge with the crew lead and fellow crew member(s).

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Using a government or company vehicle, crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.  Unconventional work hours, including 10 (sometimes 11) hour days, are expected.

     *We have developed and successfully implemented protocols in precaution against COVID-19 transmission between crew personnel.  Protocols address mask-wearing, cleaning, sanitation, on-the-job health reports, and isolation if necessary.  Crews will ride in the same vehicle, go grocery shopping, and share camping and sampling equipment.  Some remote accommodations for the periodic days of office work are available.  Crews may be asked to be flexible and accommodating in using their personal space when the physical BLM office is less available for any reason.*

    Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Assists in all aspects of data collection, management, and quality control.  Assists in hitch preparation, transportation of crew in the work vehicle, and equipment maintenance.  Continues to learn the local flora and soils from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical, soils, and landscape knowledge.  Takes an active role in their personal and professional development goals throughout the season.

    Consistently exercises discretion and judgment.  Completes mid-term and end-of-term written evaluations for self and crew lead.  Maintains adequate and professional communication and systems of feedback between fellow crew folk.  The crew member should be passionate about sound science principles and have curiosity as to how the AIM data might be utilized.

    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
      • 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
    • 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
    • Experience with 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 operate in both the office and the field.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a maximum 6 miles/day, 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 or willingness to learn and 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 company truck on- and off-highway.
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • Able 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: 

    • 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 New Mexico or Colorado flora in general and Ackerfield’s Flora of Colorado, Flora Neomexicana, or other relevant keys is preferred.
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
    • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
    • Familiarity with the Colorado or 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 datasets
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • 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 (2-3 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland or desert systems

    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: https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the "Apply Here!" link to the full position description and application portal. At the bottom of the position description is a "New Application" button to begin the application process.  Application involves cover letterresume/CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.  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 late January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Manager Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

  • Leaders of Color Crew Member

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $330.00 / week

    Position: Leaders of Color Crew Member

    Start/ End dates: 5/25/2021 – 10/22/2021

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $330/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Benefits: $3,172.50 900 hr AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Wilderness First Responder & CPR/AED certification

     

    Position Summary

    Southwest Conservation Corp’s Leaders of Color crew engages members of the BIPOC community in tehcnical, professional, and personal development in the conservation field. As such, the Leaders of Color crew provides an open and supportive space where BIPOC members work with, learn from, and grow alongside one another as members gain trainings and certifications in chainsaw, crosscut, rigging, technical rock work, and trail construction and design. The crew will also emphasize leadership and professional development (i.e. managing projects and communicating with project partners), as well as interpersonal development (i.e. restorative justice and trauma-informed care). 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 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, 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. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

     

    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.

     

     General Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Must be a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) community member
    • 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 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

     

    SCC Los Valles equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact ben@conservationlegacy.org for inquiries and submit an application on our website.

  • Women's + Conservation Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $330.00 / week

    Position: SCC Four Corners  Women’s+ Conservation Crew Member 

    Dates: May 24th – Mid-November 2021 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $330/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

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

    AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

    About the Position 

    This is an exciting opportunity to work on a conservation crew with the Southwest Conservation Corps specifically for cis women, trans women, and non-binary crew members. 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 8-10 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 24th – 28th, 2021). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.   

    Required Skills

    Required Skills & Experience 

    Qualifications: 

      • To qualify you must be a cis woman, trans woman, or non-binary 
      • Member 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 sent to Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org  

    Jeanine Russell, Program Coordinator: jrussell@conservationlegacy.org  

  • Long Term Conservation Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $330.00 / week

    Position: SCC Four Corners  Long Term Conservation Crew Member 

    Dates: May 24th – Mid-November 2021 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $330/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

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

    AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 
     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

     

    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 24th – 28th, 2021). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.   

    Required Skills

    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 sent to Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org  

    Jeanine Russell, Program Coordinator: jrussell@conservationlegacy.org  

  • 2021 Summer Conservation Crew Member - Durango, CO

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $330.00 / week

    Position: SCC Four Corners - Conservation Crew Member 

    Dates: May 24 – August 6th, 2021 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $330/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

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

    AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,342.86 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

     

    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 8-10 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 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 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.   

     

    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 24th – 28th , 2021). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

     

     

     

     

    Required Skills

    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 sent to Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org  

    Jeanine Russell, Program Coordinator: jrussell@conservationlegacy.org  

  • Crosscut Saw Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $330.00 / week

    Position: SCC Four Corners  Crosscut Saw Crew Member 

    Dates: May 24th – Mid November, 2021 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $330/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

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

    AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,342.86 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 
     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

     

    About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the 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 8-10 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 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 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.   

     

    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 24th – 28th , 2021). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

    Required Skills

    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 sent to Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org  

    Jeanine Russell, Program Coordinator: jrussell@conservationlegacy.org  

  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition Field Instructor

    Varies
    $569.00 / week

    Title: Continental Divide Trail Coalition Field Instructor (2 positions)

    Start/End Date:  May 5th, 2021 – October 29th, 2021

    Stipend:  $569/week (+Education Award) 

    Term:  26 weeks 

    Reports To:  Continental Divide Trail Coalition

    Location:  Golden, CO 80401

    Status:  900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award $3,097.50 after successful completion 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. 

     

    Program Overview: 

    The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) operates by focusing on four pillars: stewardship of the Trail, promotion of the Trail, building a strong Trail Community to support the Trail, and building an organization with sound governance to support its efforts. CDTC focuses on these four pillars to generate a broader culture of stewardship and belonging within and amongst the Trail Community. Within the Field Programs Department, we recognize the Trail belongs to the American Public and that we have a responsibility to future generations to responsibly manage the Trail's resources. CDTC Field Programs serves the Trail through on-the-ground volunteer projects and trainings that ensure the Trail is maintained and its corridor is protected in perpetuity by grassroots efforts and strong community connections. Field Programs recruits, trains, and leads volunteers to build and maintain the CDT.

    CDTC Field Instructors will participate in direct coordination with Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, State Land Offices, trail stewardship nonprofits, outdoor retailers, and organizations paving the way for inclusivity in the outdoors. The CDTC Field Instructors are exposed to many of CDTC's partner organizations and corporations through on-the-ground leadership of stewardship activities and direct communication with public land agency staff. Face-to-face and virtual contact with individuals from diverse backgrounds in the same field will provide many opportunities to network and build an understanding of different career paths surrounding the outdoors. Essential functions and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

     

    Effectively and professionally implement, lead, and complete CDTC volunteer trail work projects to the highest land manager and CDTC standards:

     

    • Working under the direction of the CDTC Field Programs Coordinator, serves as lead field staff with co-Field Instructor, supervising front-country and backcountry volunteer trail crews with sometimes littler oversight in the completion of trail maintenance, construction, and large-scale trail feature construction along the Continental Divide Trail (projects will be in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and/or Montana).
    • Coordinate material and supply needs with supervisor and land managers and manage on-site project logistics, properly estimate volunteer needs, provide project orientation to volunteers, complete work in a timely and efficient manner, supervise and support onsite volunteers, and ensure safety at all times.
    • Frequent travel, including weekends, that may last from 1-3 weeks in duration. Largely variable work schedule depending on project location, duration, and drive time. The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 40-50 hours/week), with projects lasting 1-6 days in length, not accounting for travel days to and from the worksite. Occasional evenings required. Rental vehicles are provided for most projects. Position is primarily field based, with occasional trips to local towns for supplies and logistics.
    • Instruct and lead volunteers in proper trail maintenance, construction, or building large-scale trail features including but not limited to tread construction, corridor clearance, drainage, puncheon construction, fence and gate construction, and turnpikes.
    • Ability to respectfully work with a variety of volunteers of varying ages (14 y/o-75 y/o) and abilities in a positive, engaging, open, and motivating experience while still accomplishing project goals. Excellent interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and positive, professional attitude are a must.
    • Complete detailed project reports documenting progress of field work days including trail accomplishments, before and after photos, line or point data, and volunteer paperwork and statistics.
    • Under the direction of the Field Programs Coordinator, oversees the management of the CDTC shed, ensuring tools and equipment are properly cared for, cleaned, sharpened, and stored.
    • Assist in the management of program safety by following CDTC safety and check-in protocols and ensure that Job Hazard Analysis or Risk Assessments are followed at all times.
    • Oversee basecamp operations including dispersed camping area, kitchen/communal areas, bear-proofing crew gear, camp hygiene, volunteer recognition and after-work giveaways and branding activities, and other needs and duties as they arise.
    • Be prepared to assist Crew Chef and assume responsibility for volunteers on the project site, in overseeing base camp operations including camp set-up, vehicle maintenance, camp hygiene, and other needs as they arise
    • Manage food, travel, and lodging budget and credit card purchases, providing receipts for ALL purchases and coding them properly.
      • Trainings that CDTC will provide to prepare the intern for this activity: Crew Leadership Training, project reporting overview, safe driving policies,   Leave No Trace, expenses coding training, and other hard skills as identified

     

    Assist in implementing the CDTC Adopter Program curriculum:

    • Instruct CDTC Adopter Trainings in an informative, engaging manner during in-class and field-based portions meant to teach volunteers trail maintenance techniques, risk assessment, communication with land managers, tool safety, and more as well as register volunteers as official CDTC Adopters and manage pertinent paperwork
    • Educate volunteers unfamiliar with trail work by leading in-class and field-based trail work training that follows CDTC Adopter curriculum
    • Coordinate material needs with supervisor and land manager, properly estimate volunteer needs, and scout and line out field-based trail work examples and work prior to the start of the training.
    • Collaborate and support partner organizations
    • Effectively hand off organized CDTC Adopter agreements and supporting paperwork to supervisor
      • Trainings that CDTC will provide to prepare the intern for this activity: CDTC Instructor Guide for the CDTC Adopter Program, effective communication strategies with land managers, volunteers, and the public

     

    Outreach and education of the CDT & CDTC’s vision and mission:

    • Participate and/or table community events along the CDT to educate members of the public in CDTC’s mission and vision, promoting our programs and engaging diverse community members
    • Coordinate material needs with supervisor to properly participate in CDTC events
      • Trainings that CDTC will provide to prepare the intern for this activity: Square, Google Suite, CDTC history, mission, and vision overview 

     

     

    General Qualifications: 

    • At least 2 field seasons of professional trail work experience in a supervisor role
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Proficiency in traveling (hiking, backpacking, and navigating) and living in front country and backcountry environments.
    • Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity for extended periods of time at altitude and lift up to 40lbs
    • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFA/WFR)
    • Must have a current driver’s license with a clean driving record
    • Environmental education experience or experience teaching or training volunteers or staff on conservation topics.
    • Ability to present your ideas clearly and effectively through oral and written communication.
    • Organized self-starter who demonstrates the ability to take initiative, ask questions, set goals, and achieve them both independently and cooperatively as a team member.
    • Passion and understanding of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the conservation and outdoor space.

     

    The successful applicant must be 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. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Geography, or a related field.
    • Experience working for or with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or National Park Service.
    • Experience in tool and equipment maintenance (sharpening, sanding, oiling, re-handling)
    • Experience on 4WD roads in remote areas with limited to no cell service
    • Experience in meal planning, prep, and cooking for frontcountry and backcountry work
    • Comfortable with pack stack and being around horses
    • Comfortable backpacking in grizzly and black bear country

     

    Requirements: 

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • S. Citizenship
      • Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
      • Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
      • A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
      • A departure record (INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
    • Driver's License

     

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application at https://sccorps.org/individual-placements

     

    Contact Cait at cpayne@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

  • Trails Strike Team Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $330.00 / week

    Position: SCC Four Corners – Trails Strike Team Crew Member

    Dates: May 24 – August 21, 2021 (San Juan NF)

                 May 24 – September 17, 2021 (Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF)

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

    Location: Durango, CO 

    Stipend: $330/week 

    Ages: 18 – 30 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

    Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certificate, food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment

    AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,678.57 or $2,417.14 depending on term of service

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 
    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

    About the Position 

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! The Strike Team is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2-3 Crew 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.

    Crews work and camp for 4-8 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 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 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.   

    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 or 4-days on and 3 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 24th – 28th , 2021). 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 sent to Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: efalk@conservationlegacy.org  

  • Riparian Botanist Crew Member

    Varies
    $520.00 / week

    Riparian Botanist for Lotic Ecological Monitoring

    with the Bureau of Land Management

    and Southwest Conservation Corps

     

    Position Title:  Crew Member (Riparian Botanist)

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Number of Positions:  1

    Location:  Taos, 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:  Monday, April 12thth – Friday, September 17th, 2021

    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.

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) 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 BLM lands by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches within streams 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.

    One Crew Lead and two Crew Members will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework and lotic AIM methodology along with the Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) and AIM Pollinator Supplementary Indicator (APSI) protocols.  They will collect species lists, vegetation assessments, the phenological phases of each species, plot cover, pollinator identification and count, disturbance documentation, bee nesting documentation, insect behavior, stubble height, greenline, bank stability, woody species age and height class, substrate, water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data into Survey123, a tablet based data-recording program, 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.  Unconventional work hours, including 10 (sometimes 10+) hour days, are expected.  Using a BLM provided vehicle, crews will drive to several different areas of a vast sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles per 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.

    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.

    *We have developed and successfully implemented protocols in precaution against COVID-19 transmission between crew personnel.  Protocols address mask-wearing, cleaning, sanitation, on-the-job health reports, and isolation if necessary.  Crews will ride in the same vehicle, go grocery shopping, and share camping and sampling equipment.  Some remote accommodations for the periodic days of office work are available.  Crews may be asked to be flexible and accommodating in using their personal space when the physical BLM office is less available for any reason.*

    Botany 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.  Consistently exercises discretion and good judgment. 

    Is interested in learning throughout the field season.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew lead regarding performance.  Maintains a positive working relationship with the crew lead and BLM project lead.  Takes an active role in their personal and professional development goals throughout the season.

    Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes MIM protocol, AIM Pollinator Supplementary Indicator (ASPI) protocol, and 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 local resources and builds botanical knowledge.

    The botany crew member should be passionate about monitoring aquatic resources and sound science principles, respectful of the equipment and methodology, an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office, and willing 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 the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the crew lead and fellow crew member.  Botany crew member is expected to learn and assist with the other crew member’s responsibilities.

     Minimal Qualifications:

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with coursework in botany, hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, ecology, biology, natural resource management, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM, MIM, or similar methodology
      • 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 at start date
      • 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
    • 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
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience with Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other similar software
    • Experience collecting data
    • Experience using navigation systems of any kind
    • Interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can assist in understanding dynamic aquatic systems
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period, with excellent discernment of when to ask for help. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time while taking precise, repetitive measurements, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor
    • Willing and demonstrably capable of spending multiple days (1-8 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
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving an agency-provided four-wheel drive pick-up truck on- and off-highway, sometimes over/around tricky or unexpected obstacles. If little prior off-road driving experience, then willing to learn.
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • 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 able to obtain) CPR, Wilderness First Aid (compensated), and formal driver training

    Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis): 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in botany, ecology, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field. Coursework in Plant Taxonomy and/or Systematics with additional training in wetland/riparian plant identification. Herbarium experience may substitute for coursework.
    • One+ year of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens. A minimum of one full year or two full seasons of botany field work in wetland or riparian habitats.
    • Familiarity with southern Colorado/northern New Mexico flora in general and Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Ability to identify riparian graminoids, forbs, shrubs and trees to species using dichotomous keys
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Familiar with Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) protocol
    • Knowledge and experience concerning insect pollinators and their habitat (e.g. insect and plant identification)
    • Experience preparing voucher and herbarium specimens
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating four-wheel drive trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (2-6 hours at a time).
      • Willing to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices
    • Field safety and risk management training
    • Experience working or recreating in desert or rangeland ecosystems

    Training:

    This position is ideal for people who are committed to ongoing learning and development. You will receive extensive, paid training on the AIM and MIM protocols and associated methodology.  You will also have the opportunity to interact with seasoned staff scientists from both the BLM and INR throughout training and fieldwork. Mandatory trainings will occur in April (prior to the start of the regular field season).  These will vary by position:  8‐day (including travel) AIM training for the Aquatic Monitoring Technician and Aquatic Monitoring Crew Lead, 6‐day (including travel) MIM training for the Riparian Botanist.

    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.  Certificate must be awarded while under age 31. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

     

    To apply, go to position announcement here and click "New Application" at bottom.

    Or, go to: https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the link to the above.  Application involves cover letterresume/CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.

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

  • Forest Health Partnerships Program Manager

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO

    Title:  SCC Forest Health Partnerships Program Manager                      Date: 1/29/2021

    Reports to: SCC Four Corners Director                            

    Starting Salary: Grade C+, starting salary range $45-56K annually, DOE  

    Location: Durango, CO                    

    Status: Full-Time, Exempt    

    Benefit Eligible: Full per Personnel Policies

     

    Program Summary:

    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).  

     

    Position Summary:

     The grant funded Forest Health Partnerships Program Manager (FHPPM) position has two primary responsibilities: 1.) coordinate and oversee the American Forest Foundation (AFF) funded Forest Management Plans program and 2.) to connect and collaborate with SW Colorado Forest Health Partnerships to identify and create SCC AmeriCorps programming to meet existing and emerging workforce capacity needs as these partnerships push into implementation phases.  Funding is currently expected for 2 years for this position, which will likely evolve as related forest health and restoration work scales up in SW Colorado.

     

    Specifically, for responsibility number 1, the FHPPM will stand up a new program funded by AFF & NRCS.  This will involve coordinating landowner outreach efforts with American Forest Foundation, Wildfire Adapted Partnership, the CO State Forest Service, NRCS and other area forest health partners; helping to select, orient, train and support a cadre of interns who will be visiting with landowners to create Forest Management Plans (FMPs); contracting with and coordinating FMPs with consulting foresters.

     

    Responsibility number 2 will require engagement with the numerous forest health partnerships in SW Colorado and collaboration with key staff from those partnerships and with the land agencies who are engaging on these efforts (US Forest Service, CO State Forest Service, NRCS, BLM, NPS, municipal managers, etc.).  The main goal is to be informed enough on emerging forest health treatment implementation trends and needs to help position SCC programming to meet workforce capacity demands that align with SCC’s mission and ability to develop capacities.

     

    Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

     

    Development & Communication                                        

    • Connect and collaborate with AFF’s Western Conservation Manager, implementing the AFF Forest Management Plans program as top priority, while also piloting new elements or initiatives through the program.
    • Identify and develop project agreements with landowners with the objective of creating multi-year long-term agreements, starting with the development of individual landowner Forest Management Plans.
    • Contract and manage working mentorship with consulting forester(s), who will oversee the technical requirements of each Forest Management Plan, including that the inventory process is done thoroughly and in line with best practices.
    • Learn and retain all compliance aspects of Forest Management Plans and ensure that SCC’s Individual Placement team is complying with and learning through the process.
    • Coordinate opportunities with forest health partners and develop a related forestry opportunities network for post program alumni opportunities for SCC IPs and other alumni.
    • Work with agency staff, forest health partnerships and SCC team to coordinate and review innovative private and public funding streams to support the long-term objectives of a sustainable regional forest management program.
    • Keep private landowners and public agencies informed of activities, needs, risks, and accomplishments on a timely basis.
    • Pursue projects that create diverse, inclusive, and equitable forest management work with landowners, particularly those that have historically been ignored, to ensure the program advances natural resource diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
    • Build and cultivate positive and trusting relationships with forest management partners and landowners, fostering inclusion of lower income landowners in the program, with a high sensitivity to past injustices some landowners have experienced.
    • Manage continuous and effective communication, collaboration, and consensus building internally with SCC team and externally with forest management cooperative partners and landowners.
    • Work with partners and SCC staff to identify and implement communication objectives to advance programs (Forest Management Plans and other SCC forest health programming) including marketing, press, branding, and social media with the ultimate goal of developing more a spectrum of forestry related crew and intern based programming.
    • Create career pathway ladders from corps programming to public and private sector forestry careers, while focusing creating inclusive programming that includes participants from underrepresented populations within the forestry sector.
    • Identify new related potential markets for SCC to collaborate to develop innovative new ways to develop capacities to move regional forest health partnership goals forward.
    • Coordinate, develop and facilitate forestry and resource management lesson plans for SCC crews and IPs, beyond just those involved in FMPs and forest restoration.

     

    Leadership & Management                         

    • Help screen, select, orient, train and support the cadre of SCC interns conducting landowner FMP visits.
    • Mentor and support the learning experience of SCC FMP IPs.
    • Review (with consulting forester as needed) all draft FMPs and ensure the meet standards before they are finalized.
    • Lead, coordinate and facilitate local workforce development efforts with forest health and other community and regional partners.
    • Advocate locally and regionally for the inclusion of corps within workforce capacity development planning, creating more local opportunities for young men and women to engage in national service within the forestry sector.
    • Coordinate and share best practices with other peers and colleagues at Conservation Legacy; share information to help other programs develop similar programming.
    • Be accountable for corps’ internal communication and feedback, ensuring it is received, shared, and retained utilizing communication channels such as staff meetings, direct report check-ins, MS Teams, All Staff meetings, e-mail, surveys, etc.

     

     

    Fundraising              

    • Coordinate with existing partners and SCC team to develop match to support this position.
    • Develop collaborative fundraising strategy with forest health partners to support this position as well as related capacity development for SCC and other partners to build out and implement needed workforce development and labor programs for implementation of forest health prescriptions.

     

    Finance & Reporting           

    • Record, maintain, and monitor project data and records.
    • Prepare landowner project budgets and agreements.
    • Review and monitor program, IP and crew expenses to ensure responsible budget management.
    • Complete timely project reporting to support invoicing and agreement requirements in compliance with Conservation Legacy policies and procedures.
    • Oversee collection of project accomplishments and create timely reports with the information for funders, partners, and landowners.

     

     

    Other Duties

    • Successfully engages, leads and supports an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
    • Leads and/or participates in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plans goals.
    • Cultivate a positive environment in the SCC FMP IP program, in which members feel supported in achieving their personal and professional goals and gain both technical and interpersonal skills.
    • Work in a dynamic, rapidly changing, and challenging environment that requires flexibility, adaptability and willingness to work a varying schedule.

     

    Physical Requirements:

    Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

     

     

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. 
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in youth development/education, conservation corps and/or forestry field(s).
    • Strong desire to mentor young men and women in natural resources management.
    • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.
    • Strong verbal, writing and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
    • The ability to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
    • The ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity, cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others.
    • Ability to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.
    • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Suite applications and ability to manage information in organizational databases.
    • Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations and organizational policies while creating and fostering a culture of safety.
    • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Previous collaborative working experience with federal/state land management agency partners.
    • Prior corps program development and administration experience.
    • Previous leadership and management experience.
    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher strongly preferred with more emphasis placed on a degree in Forestry, Forest Management or similar field OR equivalent past directly relevant professional forestry programs management experience.
    • Prior experience developing Forest Management Plans and/or completing forest inventory work.
    • Prior working experience in and/or knowledge of forest ecotypes and fire ecology of southwestern Colorado.
    • Prior collaborative and partner driven grant writing and management experience.
    • Previous experience collaborating in forest health partnerships/coalitions.
    • Recent corps specific, youth development and or forest health nonprofit management/leadership organizational
    • Previous program and/or leadership experience with a conservation youth
    • Certified Wilderness First Responder or willingness to pursue immediately.
    • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of employees.
    • Desire and experience with public outreach and education regarding fire mitigation and management, as well as other forest management operations
    • Sense of humor and desire to make a positive difference in people and on the land.

     

    To Apply: Send Cover letter and resume to (Clara Moulton) cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org  Subject line in this email must include “Applicant”.  

     

    Priority review given to applications received by February 26, 2021.

     

    Cover Letter must include a response to the following question:  Provide some examples of your experience working effectively with diverse communities, including those specific to the BIPOC community & other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.  

     

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

  • Watershed Programs Manager

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO

    Title:   SCC Watershed Programs Manager             Date: 1/27/2021

    Reports to: Four Corners Program Director                        

    Starting Salary: Grade C+, starting salary range $45-56K annually, DOE     

    Location: SCC Four Corners – Durango, CO                      

    Status: Full-Time, Exempt    

    Benefit Eligible: Full, per Personnel Policies

     

    Program Summary:

    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).  

     

    Position Summary:

     

    The Watershed Programs Manager (WPM) position supports initiatives local watershed restoration groups, co-coordinates the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP) along with staff from RiversEdge West, and manages small teams that work on restoration and invasive species projects.  

     

    The WPM is responsible for the coordination and management of DRRP activities, small team programs, and operations run out of SCC’s Four Corner’s Office that support watershed restoration. The WPM’s primary DRRP responsibilities involve implementation planning including strike team, corps crew, and volunteer projects; fundraising, budget management, and grant reporting; rapid monitoring program management; and partnership outreach. The WPM also oversees operational support of small teams that work with the DRRP and other watershed restoration groups, participates in crew leader and member orientations and trainings, fundraises for watershed restoration work that supports SCC programming, manages the SCC herbicide program, provides GIS support within SCC, and ensures small team crews are both supported and prepared to maintain safety, program integrity, and quality projects in the field by providing pre-field and in-field guidance.

     

     

    Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

     

    Recruiting, Interviewing and Selection of Corps Leaders and Members                                 

    • Recruit, interview, and select Small Team Conservation Corps Crew Leaders and Members
    • Manage all selection paperwork with Office Manager, including all AC enrollment, management, and exit forms 
    • Manage different databases including Silkroad recruitment, SR onboarding, project reporting as requested by RD or PD 

     

    Program Administration                             

    • Implement and evaluate effective recruitment strategy for small team crew leaders and crew members 
    • Implement risk management procedures and trainings in the field and ensure they continue throughout the field season 
    • Manage program/project schedule once initial scheduling has been established by FC Director to ensure that all partner specific needs are being met.
    • Collect, manage, and disperse program paperwork. Verify accuracy of all paperwork (timesheets, project accomplishment summaries, etc.).
    • Communicate with Partners to develop project specifications and prepare all necessary documentation in the database prior to and at the conclusion of project work. 
    • Implement, monitor, and enforce all Conservation Legacy/SCC Policies and Procedures. 
    • Manage program expenditures while maintaining safety and quality. 
    • Work with Conservation Legacy staff to ensure program is compliant with funder and administrative requirements 
    • Manage DRRP Rapid Monitoring Program. Includes training and supervision of the rapid monitoring team, coordination of monitoring work with various partners, and monitoring data pre- and post- processing
    • Develop reports from DRRP rapid monitoring data. Communicate and share monitoring results and outcomes with partners  
    • Implementation planning for Dolores work including funding management, coordination with partners, and scheduling 
    • Coordinate and organize DRRP volunteer projects with various entities and age groups 
    • Assist with DRRP outreach/communication initiatives (workshops, annual report, etc.) and partnership meetings 

     

    Field Support                                   

    • Conduct project site visits and finalize Project Specs; provide technical assistance to key partners as needed to ensure project specs are complete and appropriate for crews.  
    • Provide technical (related to invasive species management and restoration work) and programmatic assistance to crews in the field as needed.  
    • Assist with regular check-ins, supervision, and feedback of Small Team crews. Gather accomplishments data from the field for reporting.  
    • Respond to crew emergencies as needed. 
    • Participate in rotating On-Call system and respond to field emergencies as needed 
    • Facilitate technical, policy-based, outdoor living, and/or soft skills trainings at each Crew Leader training. 
    • Mentor field staff and provide technical expertise, guidance, emotional and programmatic support and identify positive working solutions to crew management issues for crew leaders. 
    • Coordinate field work for the Dolores River Restoration Partnership. Perform site visits and assist DRRP partners with project objectives, work plans, and logistics for field crews 
    • Ensure collection of spatial data for all DRRP activities by providing set-up, training, support, and post-processing of field data collected through GIS 

     

     

    Program Development                                

    • Facilitate and develop trainings 
    • Assist with training and development of Small Teams  
    • Assist other SCC programs with development and implementation of GIS work 
    • Assist other SCC programs with training and implementation of herbicide work 
    • Work with the Dolores, Escalante, Verde, and Gila Watershed partnerships to develop a multi-watershed monitoring coordination and action plan within each partnership 
    • Develop and implement a model for a remote multi-watershed vegetation monitoring crew  
    • Attend other watershed partnership meetings and provide technical support to them as needed 
    • Research and seek opportunities to develop relationships and partnerships with other watershed restoration groups and initiatives 
    • Assist in the creation of volunteer stewardship programming and related educational components for the public, including schools

     

    Budget Management and Funding Development 

    • Supervise assigned crew leader expenditures and mentor field staff on appropriate budgeting and expenditures  
    • Responsible for DRRP grant management and reporting. Manage spending for specific watershed partnership grants. Keep track of and report out on project accomplishments  
    • With assistance from the SCC Corps Director, FC Director and Grants and Agreements Mgr., lead the development of an annual grant strategy to continue to support DRRP and other watershed partnership work (Escalante, Gila, Animas and others as possible).
    • Take the lead on presenting to various existing and potential funders and partners in support of existing and potential requests for funding. 
    • Help manage agreements and approve program invoicing
    • Manage the administration of the overall annual DRRP budget  
    • Continuously collaborate with and steward DRRP and other watershed restoration project partners to identify projects, develop agreements, and create project plans 

     

    Other Duties

    • Successfully engages, leads and supports an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
    • Leads and/or participates in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plans goals.
    • Work in a dynamic, rapidly changing, and challenging environment that requires flexibility, adaptability and willingness to work a varying schedule.
    • Cultivate a positive environment in the DRRP and other strike team programs, in which leaders and members feel supported in achieving their personal and professional goals and gain both technical and interpersonal skills.

    Physical Requirements:

    Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

     

     

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. 
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in youth development or corps field.
    • Prior corps program development and administration experience.
    • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.
    • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
    • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of employees.
    • The ability to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
    • The ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others.
    • Ability to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
    • Familiarity with ArcGIS software
    • Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations.
    • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements.
    • Experience leading Conservation Legacy programs, members or administrative systems.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or higher, with an emphasis place on restoration ecology or similar degree OR equivalent past directly related professional riparian restoration experience.
    • Previous collaborative working experience with federal/state land management agency partners.
    • Prior working experience in and/or knowledge of riparian restoration and ecology of in the American Southwest.
    • Previous experience collaborating in natural resource management partnerships/coalitions.
    • Working proficiency with ArcGIS software
    • Previous program and/or leadership experience with a conservation youth
    • Prior corps program development and administration experience.
    • Prior collaborative and partner driven grant writing and management experience.
    • Certified Wilderness First Responder or willingness to pursue immediately
    • Sense of humor and desire to make a positive difference in people and on the land.
    • Experienced skill level in working with partnerships and diverse groups of stakeholders 
    • Experience with grant writing and grant budget management 
    • Demonstrated managerial experience 

     

    To Apply: Send Cover letter and resume to Emily Kasyon at ekasyon@conservationlegacy.org  Subject line in this email must include “Applicant”.

     

    Priority review given to applications received by March 5, 2021.

     

    Cover Letter must include a response to the following question:  Provide some examples of your experience working effectively with diverse communities, including those specific to the BIPOC community & other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.  

     

    Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

  • 2021 Veteran's Fire Corps - Crew Leader

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $685.00 / week

    Title: Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader

    Reports to: Program Director

    Location: Salida, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Exempt

    Wages: $685/week

    Health Benefits: Health Benefits Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, wildland fire certifications

    Start/end date: March 30, 2021 – October 29, 2021

     

    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 crews, 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 Los Valles and Four Corners 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.

     

    Veteran Fire Corps Crew Leader Position Summary: Crews consists of 6-8 post-911 Veterans and 2 leaders. Crews work in front country 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.

    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

     

    Project Management & Implementation 

    · 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, co-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 or 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 purchase

    Required Experience

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Outdoor leadership experience
    • NWCG or Equivalent Faller B Chainsaw certification (Or ready to evaluate as one)
    • Physically fit and able to work 40-50 hr work weeks 
    • High School diploma or GED certificate 
    • 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
    • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED 

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps
    • Experience working with trauma-impacted populations
    • Wildland firefighting experience
    • 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 

    · 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 

      

    To Apply:  · Visit: http://www.sccorps.org/join/crew-leaders/ and click the link for Veterans Fire Corps Leader out of Salida, CO. For questions, please contact Therese Ryley, Program Director, at tryley@conservationlegacy.org

     

    Conservation Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

  • 2021 Veteran's Fire Corps - Crew Leader in Development

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $500.00 / week

    Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)   

    Reports to: Program Director  

    Location: Salida, CO  

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt   

    Start/end dateMarch 30, 2021 – October 29, 2021.   

    Living Stipend: $500/week 

    Benefits: $4266.50 AmeriCorps Education Award, Food provided while in the field, uniforms. USFS recognized S-212 Chainsaw + additional wildland firefighting certifications. Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification  

     

    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 crews, 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 Los Valles and Four Corners 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:   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  
    • 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  
    • 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 

  • Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $435.00 / week

    Title: Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member

    Location: Based out of Durango, CO

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time

    Start/end date: April 19, 2021 – November 19, 2021

    Wages: $435 / week

    Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award. U.S. Forest Service recognized Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program). Colorado pesticide applicator examination and licensure. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, and personal protective equipment.

    Deadline: Open until filled – 2 positions available

     

    Program Summary:

    The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).

    Position Summary:

    This Strike Team will work with the Montrose County invasive weed management program and as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP). The DRRP is a public-private collaborative of conservation corps, non-profits, BLM managers, private landowners, 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. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of Montrose county and the DRRP. Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this Strike Team leader position.

     

    This position is an AmeriCorps crew member on a 3-person crew (1 leader, 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 or 5 days on, 2 days off. There may be instances where this crew will work longer hitches, either 8 days on, 6 days off or 10 days on, 4 days off. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and crew members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

     

    For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants. 

     

     

     

    Minimum Qualifications

    To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), have had a driver’s license for at least 3 years, 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 herbicide use, treatment of invasive plants, and vegetation monitoring/field data collection. Experience working independently and with a team in the outdoors, including navigating to sites with a team, is also preferred.  A relevant Bachelors degree as well as GPS and GIS experience are a plus.

     

    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 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 here

     

    Any questions can be addressed to:

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

  • Carlsbad, CO Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader

    Varies
    $725.00 / hour

    Position Title:  Crew Leader

    Position Type:  Full-time, temporary

    Number of Positions:  1

    Location: 

    Carlsbad Field Office in Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Program Dates: 

    Late April or early May 2021 to late April or early May 2022 (52 weeks)

    Salary:  $725/week

    Benefits:  Paid training; camping food allowance ($13/day via company credit card); health benefits package; 10 paid days of personal leave

    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.  Must be under age 31 upon issue of certificate to be eligible for benefit.

    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. 

    Bureau of Land Management’s Mission

    The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Program Overview:

    Crews will conduct vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Terrestrial 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, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species cover and composition data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits.  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, at the end of the season, 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 (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day carrying equipment, and return to the office for equipment and data management. 

    *We have developed and successfully implemented protocols in precaution against COVID-19 transmission between crew personnel.  Protocols address mask-wearing, cleaning, sanitation, on-the-job health reports, and isolation if necessary.  Crews will ride in the same vehicle, go grocery shopping, and share camping and sampling equipment.  Some remote accommodations for the periodic days of office work are available.  Crews may be asked to be flexible and accommodating in using their personal space when the physical BLM office is less available for any reason.*

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    The Crew Lead supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, schedule, efficiency, and professional development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates and delegates field logistics, hitch plans, food budget scheduling, crew tasks, debriefs, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    The Crew Lead is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff.  Completes necessary administrative paperwork.  Holds and documents spending of a company credit card.  Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in Collector for ArcGIS.

    At the end of the season, the Crew Lead may 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 coursework in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field
      • OR previous professional experience performing AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Able to produce identification as stipulated by I-9upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Able to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with (digital, preferred) data collection and Microsoft Suite software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or similar
    • Excellent communication (including in-person, email, and phone), organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience working as part of a team and able to work well with others
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period, with excellent discernment of when to ask for help. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in both the office and field.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their duties and all associated skills
    • 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 spend multiple days (1-8 days at a time) making day trips and car-camping in remote areas; willing to learn, teach, and adhere to best practices for field safety, comfort, and low-impact principles
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving an agency four-wheel drive pick-up truck on- and off-highway, sometimes over/around tricky or unexpected obstacles
      • If little prior off-road driving experience, then willing to learn
      • Willing to constantly demonstrate and enforce best driving practices
    • Sound and fair physical and emotional risk assessment
    • Able 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 able to obtain) CPR, Wilderness First Aid (reimbursed if personally obtained or re-certified after May 2020), and Defensive Driver Training certificates
    • At least 1 cumulative year of experience identifying plants to species in the field, from photos, taxonomic keys, and/or pressed specimens
    • Able to rapidly learn and organize the names of 10s of plants per week, especially in the beginning of the season

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Previous standardized ecological monitoring or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience
    • Previous leadership experience
    • Familiarity with the region’s flora and associated taxonomic keys, or nearby
    • Experience texturing soil by hand, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with mobile data collection using Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 apps
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Field safety and risk management training
    • Experience working or recreating in desert or rangeland ecosystems

    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 position announcement here and click "New Application" at bottom.

    Or, go to: https://sccorps.org/small-teams, and follow the link to the above.  Application involves cover letterresume or CVat least two academic or professional (non-peer) references, and screening questions.  Incomplete applications are given less weight.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico, mostly performing the terrestrial AIM methodology.  If interested in multiple locations, please clearly rank interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Manager Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

  • Veterans Fire Corps Crew Member

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $425.00 / week

    OSITIONS OPEN TO ALL POST-9/11 ERA VETERANS FOR THE 2021 SEASON 

     Veterans Conservation Corps 2020 Program: May 31 - October 29, 2021 

    This start date is contingent upon the ability for our program operations to resume to normal; after impact from Covid19. Your program point of contact will be in touch to notify you of any changes and the confirmation to the start date stated in this letter. 

    Benefits: 

    • $425 per week living stipend for duration of program 
    • Wildland firefighting certs including S130/190, S-212 
    • Food, Group gear, and equipment provided during all project work 
    • AmeriCorps Education Award of $3047.50 (for Oct 30 end date) or $1612.43 (for August 18 end date)

    Southwest Conservation Corps: 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 crews, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 21-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Los Valles and Four Corners 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.

    Veterans Fire Corps Program Overview: The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC), with the partnership of the US Forest Service (USFS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to join the Veterans Conservation Corps for an on the job training experience in forestry, conservation, and fuels management.  Our program seeks physically capable military Veterans between the ages of 21 - 35 who are willing to operate out of Salida, Colorado, for the duration of the term of service.  The program is designed to provide recent era Veterans with the technical skill and physical ability for service in wildland firefighting and natural resource management careers.   

    All programs are AmeriCorps National Service on-the-job training programs and feature three primary components: 

    Conservation Training – Intensive training in conservation work skills, wilderness ethics as well as backcountry living skills.  Each day will involve up to 10-12 hours of classroom and/or field time. 

    Project Work – On the job experience working as a trails crew member on public lands on varied locations across Colorado.  Crews typically work 10-hour days, 8 days at a time, with time allocated to physical training and other activities.  During the project work phase, members have 6 days off for every 8 days worked.  During fire season, schedules are subject to change in order to accommodate USFS/BLM priorities. 

    Training Curriculum: 

    • Conservation Leadership Development (for crew leaders) 
    • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Faller Type 3 (Faller A) 
    • I100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System, NIMS 100/700 
    • Wilderness First Aid/CPR 
    • Leave No Trace principles 
    • Wilderness Physical Fitness 
    • Federal resume writing and USA jobs application consultation 

    Requirements:

    • Military Service – All applicants must have a valid DD214, NGB22, or equivalent document; or currently be serving in the National Guard or Reserve. 
    • Physical Fitness – Applicants must be able to run and hike for project work and physical training.  Members must also be able to walk up to 8 miles per day with a 45 – 65lb backpack during the orientation phase of the program.
    • Commitment – All applicants must partake in all activities during the program.  Members must make a strong commitment to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national forest service events.  Members must commit to participating in all crew activities for the duration of the session with little time off. Project work will vary and is often unpredictable.  
    • Risk Management -You will be expected to take a serious attitude toward individual and group safety all day and every day.  You will be working around dangerous equipment and environments.   
    • Substance Free – All applicants are prohibited from utilizing any controlled substance including alcohol or cannabis while at work, at camp, or in sponsored housing.
    • Professionalism – Members must be willing to appropriately represent the SCC Program and AmeriCorps.  Members must dress appropriately in uniform at all times, utilize appropriate language, and conduct themselves to the highest professional standard at all times.
    • 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.  

    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.

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

    · Follow 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: 

    Application Link: https://sccorps.org/veterans-fire-corps - Scroll down to Veteran’s Conservation Corps Member link.   

    For questions, please contact Therese Ryley, Los Valles Program Director, at tryley@conservationlegacy.org

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails Assessment Technician

    Varies
    $500.00 / week

    Title: Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails Assessment Technician

    Start/End Date:  March 22nd, 2021 - June 11th, 2021

    Stipend:  $500/week  (+Education Award) 

    Term:  12  weeks 

    Reports To:  National Park Service, Chaco Canyon Historical Park

    Location:  1808 county road 7950, New Mexico

    Status:  450-hour  AmeriCorps  Service  Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education  Award  $1,638.89  after  successful  completion, Park housing is available. 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. 

     

    Program Overview: 

    Join the Southwest Conservation Corps’ Individual Placement team by completing trail assessments for the National Park Service! 

     

    The National Park Service Preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

     

    This position will collaborate to perform trail condition assessments with the Facilities branch at Chaco Culture National Historical Park (CHCU). The individual will primarily focus on a complete Scope of Work (SOW) for all needed repairs. This would include the location and dimensions of any needed repairs or proposed improvements. It will also include identifying material type needed for subsequent repairs and a plan for sourcing those materials, whether they will have to be purchased or whether they can be sourced in the local area. If areas for material collection are found within park boundaries, GIS data will be required to identify those locations. Finally, this individual will help to prepare a written report with all this information including photos and locations of each project objective.

     

    The main focus of this position will be assessing trails within the park. Essential functions include:

     

    • Working independently or with an NPS representative to located trail heads, and hiking trails in the specified sequence to document conditions and work that needs completion.
    • Keep detailed notes, pictures, and GPS/GIS data of trail conditions and work needed.
    • CHCU staff will work directly with facilities division o complete this work. While completing this work, the individual will have ample opportunity to speak with leaders from different divisions as we work through scoping and compliance requirements.

     

    General Qualifications: 

    • The selected candidate needs to be able to physically accomplish the tasks and be able to follow directions.
    • This individual must have knowledge of trail building techniques, materials and repair methods.
    • Proficiency with GPS software of varying manufacturers, and proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
    • Certifications in Trail Building and Repair are preferred.

     

    The  successful  applicant  must  be  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. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

    Requirements: 

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • S. Citizenship
      • Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
      • Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
      • A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
      • A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
    • Driver's License
    • The candidate must be age 21+

     

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application at https://sccorps.org/ip-positions. 

    Contact Cait at cpayne@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

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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