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Interested in conservation? Our program offers a great opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge looked for in the field! Whether you're new to conservation or honing technical or professional skills, Southwest Conservation Corps can help you stand out! 

 

** Our COVID policy requires full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting. **

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.

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

*Positions primarily located in Durango and Salida, CO. Other Colorado or New Mexico locations available.

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

  • Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications Specialist

    Varies
    $18.27 - $20.67 / year

    Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications SpecialistSouthwest Conservation Corps

    Reports to: SCC Corps Director                              

    Starting Salary: Grade B ($18.27-20.67 per hour, DOE) 

    Location: Eligible for full time remote within southern Colorado or Colorado Front Range communities, or northern New Mexico.  Some travel to and work from SCC offices required.

    Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt        

    Benefit Eligible: Health, Vision, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Time Off 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 Recruitment Outreach and Communication Specialist will assist SCC in reaching its recruitment goals by directly aiding in recruitment visits, networking, and creating additional outreach contacts and venues, tracking SCC’s various recruitment platforms efficacy, developing and distributing print media, managing and enhancing SCC’s social media platforms, building recruitment pathways, and developing a more strategic and comprehensive recruitment strategy.  The position will also assist SCC leadership and development function by creating more compelling reports, better marketing materials and a related communications strategy.  The position will work closely with Conservation Legacy central communications staff, the Director of Diversity & Recruitment, and the Western Region Talent Development Specialist, advancing the overall combined communications strategy of the organization and will work within established communications guidelines.

     

    To view the full description and application instructions, visit https://sccorps.org/uploads/programs/SCC-Recruitment-Outreach-and-Communications-Specialist-PD-2022.pdf

  • Solar Panel Installation Crew Member; Colorado

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $15.00 - $15.00 / hour

    Position: SCC Four Corners – Solar Panel Installation Crew Member 

    Dates: September 26, 2022 – October 28, 2022, possible 1–2-week extension 

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time 

    Location: Durango, CO - This is not a camping crew position. 

    Pay: $15.00/hour 

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible   
     
    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.  

    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 it 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.    

    Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting is required.  

    About the Position:  

    This is a position as a member on a 4-person “strike team” dedicated to the installation of ground based solar panels.  Scope of work includes stringing – wiring the array, connecting panels together and to inverters; people proofing panels – installing wire mesh to rear of panels to prevent tampering by public; trenching and laying ground wiring – using a trencher to dig trenches to lay conduit pipe and wiring from array to inverters and connection to power grid.  No work with live wires, Shaw Solar electrical technicians will test loads and connect live wires.  Members will work alongside heavy machinery and utilize a variety of tools (including hand tools and power tools) to install ground arrays that will provide solar power to members of the local community.  Shaw Solar employees will provide on-the-job training related to scope of work, as well as more technical and specialized skills that technicians need to know in the industry.  Career pathway opportunities available, but not guaranteed, for successful participants.  Members will work 10-hour days, Monday-Thursday. Work force development will be provided by experienced crew leaders and Shaw Solar. 

    About Shaw Solar: 

     “Shaw Solar is a full-service solar contracting company serving Durango, Colorado and the surrounding areas. We specialize in grid-tied solar electric design and installation for homes and businesses, as well as battery storage. 
    As a small, local company, we’ve dedicated our efforts to living local, serving 100% local clients, and doing all that we can to take great care of the community that takes great care of us (Shaw Solar) .” 

    Required Skills & Experience  

    Qualifications:  

    • US citizen that has received, or on track to receive, a high school diploma or GED  
    • Complete and clear a National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check  
    • Desire to work in solar installation or green energy development 
    • Strong work ethic, team player, willingness to engage and learn 

    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 to the public and project partners at all times  

    Risk Management and Judgement  

    • Effectively follow directions by others in order to successfully manage hazards  
    • Ask clarifying questions when you do not understand a task  
    • Maintain focus during a workday while traveling and working in varied weather conditions  
    • Participants must be able to maintain proper dosage of prescription medications without assistance   

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills  

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor working skills as appropriate to the project  

    Substance Free  

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

     

    Visit https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/3633 to apply!

     

    Any questions can be sent to:   

    Lane Tomassini, Program Coordinator: ltomassini@conservationlegacy.org  

    Kristen Hencke, Program Coordinator: khencke@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. 

  • Conservation Corps Administrative Assistant

    Varies
    $18.27 - $18.81 / hour

    Title: Administrative Assistant II – Southwest Conservation Corps   
    Starting Salary Range: 18.27-18.81 per hour DOE    
    Location: Eligible for full time remote within SCC FC’s service area (southwest Colorado, northwest New Mexico)    
    Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt (32-40 hours per week, flexible schedule)    
    Benefit Eligible: Health, Vision, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Time Off per Personnel Policies
    Reports to: SCC Corps Director
    Preferred start date: November 1, 2022, OR January 2, 2023
    Important Requirement: Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.    

    Organizational Summary:  
    Conservation Legacy is a nationwide non-profit.  The Corps programs within the organization engage participants in diverse conservation and community projects that serve public and private lands.   These projects provide opportunities for personal and professional development and strive toward a high priority of needs for public land managers and community partners. Through the mission of engaging future leaders who protect, restore and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service; Conservation Legacy works toward a world with healthy lands, air and water; thriving people and resilient communities.

    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: Provides administrative management for the daily operations of Southwest Conservation Corps Four Corners (FC) and general administrative assistance to Conservation Legacy. 
     
    Outcomes & Functions of Position:

    Accounting            
    •    Provide support for the development of effective and efficient administrative systems that interface with Business office needs. 
    •    Represent SCC operational needs when developing administrative systems for accounting and Payroll. 
    •    Manages invoicing for Disaster Relief crews. 

    Payroll and Human Resources        
    •    Enters seasonal staff, participant employees and AmeriCorps members in Evolution Payroll System (EVO). 
    •    Creates payroll summaries, obtains proper approvals, and processes payroll documentation. 
    •    Processes bi-weekly payroll in Evolution for SCC-FC’s seasonal staff, participant employees, and AmeriCorps members.
    •    Enters seasonal staff, participant employees and AmeriCorps members in Salesforce assigning to grants, as needed, and crews. Regularly monitors correct and approved timesheets.
    •    Facilitates the onboarding of all SCC-FC’s seasonal staff, participant employees and AmeriCorps members from the “offer extended to “roll out red carpet” in SilkRoad, set up in Salesforce through all onboarding tasks in SilkRoad Onboarding insuring an on-time start of employment/participation inclusive of on-time results of required NSCHC’s before start date and appropriate copies of ID documents for AmeriCorps and I-9/eVerification process.
    •    Maintain accurate HR and AmeriCorps files and records throughout the employee and members’ participation.
    •    Provide support to SCC-FC staff in exiting of all seasonal staff, participant employees and AmeriCorps members.

    Field Operations Support
    •    General administrative support for program operation needs.

    Other Duties    
    •    Performs a variety of other administrative duties as required to ensure efficient office operations for SCC-FC.
    •    Communicates regularly with Conservation Legacy staff.
    •    Participates in SCC-FC staff meetings and other collaborative team meetings as needed.
    •    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.
    •    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. 
    •    Be willing to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends.
    Organizational Advocacy
    •    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. 
    •    Reports any potential complaints within the organization as identified in the Personnel Policy Manual.
    •    Assists or leads other responsibilities, as assigned.
    Other “Hats” You May Wear: Customer Service, Relationship Development, Marketing, Administrative, Supervision or Mentorship to Others, Facilitator, Trainer, Facilities, Human Resources, Supervisor
    Physical Requirements: 
    Conservation Legacy is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. Some positions may require periodic overnight travel, non-traditional work hours and physical ability to walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or use tools/equipment on an infrequent or frequent basis. Ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions. Disclosure of needs are encouraged to be made upon job offer and throughout employment at Conservation Legacy.
    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. 
    •    Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals. 
    •    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.
    •    Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms. 
    •    Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations.
    •    Valid Driver’s License and Insurable Driving Record
    •    Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements.
    •    Experience leading Conservation Legacy programs, members, or administrative systems. 
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    •    High school diploma and Associates Degree or equivalent experience preferred.
    •    2+ years recent experience as an Administrative Manager, Accounting Clerk, or HR Assistant or previous administrative experience with a Corps

    Other Competencies Desired for this Position’s Success: Manage Complexity, Resourceful, Effectively Communicate, Cultivate Innovation, Drive and/or Influence Results, Plans & Aligns.

    To Apply:
    Send Cover letter and resume to Kevin Heiner at  kevin@conservationlegacy.org 
    Cover Letter Must Include:

    Subject line includes “Applicant_(Your Name)”.

    Cover Letter must include a response to the following:  Provide some examples of your experience effectively working with diverse communities, including those specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.  

    Application review to start 10/14/2022

  • Individual Placement Program Director; Colorado

    Varies
    $23.51 - $24.22 / hour

    Title:  SCC Individual Placement Program Director

    Starting Salary Range: starting salary $23.51 - $24.22 DOE

    Location: options: Durango, CO; Salida, CO, or Remote Eligible (with remote preference for office within SCC’s service area in southern Colorado/northern New Mexico)

    Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

    Benefit Eligible: Health, Vision, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Time Off or Not per Personnel Policies

    Reports to:  Southwest Conservation Corps, Corps Director

    Important Requirement: Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.

    Organizational Summary: 

    Conservation Legacy is a nationwide non-profit.  The Corps programs within the organization engage participants in diverse conservation and community projects that serve public and private lands.   These projects provide opportunities for personal and professional development and strive toward a high priority of needs for public land managers and community partners. Through the mission of engaging future leaders who protect, restore and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service; Conservation Legacy works toward a world with healthy lands, air and water; thriving people and resilient communities.

     

    Position Summary:

    The Individual Placement Program Director (IPPD) is responsible for the execution and overall quality of the Individual Placement program.  The IPPD will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of individual placement and intern cohort programs within SCC’s Four Corners and Los Valles regions. The IPPD will be the primary manager of the programmatic and administrative functions of the IP program, including but not limited to managing the procedures and systems for all administrative and programmatic needs and supporting approximately 50+ AmeriCorps IP members per year within the geographic region served by SCC. The IPPD is also responsible for developing programmatic best practices for SCC to add value to its IP programming, outside and in addition to the mentorship offered by agency partner IP mentors. Additionally, the IPPD will work with partners to actively develop IP terms and cohorts with SCC.  The IPPD is responsible for the direct supervision of the IP Program Coordinator and collaboration with other Conservation Legacy staff on admissions processes, member tracking, and other areas of administrative support. The IP Program Director reports to the SCC Corps Director but works closely with the Four Corners (FC) and Los Valles (LV) Directors in the Durango & Salida based SCC offices, respectively.  SCC is strongly committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives within its programs.   

     

    Outcomes & Functions of Position:

     

    Partner Support and Position Development 

    • Work with SCC Directors, and partners directly, to manage and support current partner sites and site supervisors for all IP programs. 
    • Work with 25+ agency partners to manage and support current sites and supervisors for all IP terms. 
    • Orient and train new IP Program Site Supervisors. 
    • Collaborate with host agency sites to develop position descriptions.  
    • Engage in partner outreach to develop additional IP opportunities for SCC, traveling to meet with partners in person in coordination with SCC FC and LV Directors. 
    • Develop and/or review agreements and financial plans to support new individual placements, creating and serving as the main contact on nonfederal agreements, with review and approval from SCC Directors. 

     

    Program Support and Administration 

    • Manage annual operating budget for SCC IP programming
    • Develop, oversee, and implement effective and efficient administrative systems for recruitment, enrollment, evaluation, exiting, reporting, and marketing. 
    • Collect and compile information for Americorps, federal agencies, and other reporting needs, as well as prepare reports according to our agreement timelines.
    • Prepare and verify annual IP budget projections with Corps Director, maintain updates and communicate changes on a regular basis.
    • Implement SCC DEI initiatives in IP program, making strong commitments to outreach to a diverse group of applicants while creating a more inclusive IP program within SCC. 
    • Oversee development of general SCC IP social media material and ensure updates to SCC’s IP Program web page in coordination and collaboration with SCC’s Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications Manager. 
    • Collect and compile information for reports and internal/external news and reports. 
    • Communicate regularly with the IP Program Coordinator as well as the Conservation Legacy IP Leadership Team to determine the effectiveness of administrative systems and processes and make changes as necessary for continuous improvement. 
    • Oversee the ongoing support for all members including the development and implementation of orientation, training, and member development opportunities.  
    • Work closely with other staff to identify areas of additional support needed and meet needs as applicable. 
    • Ability to be flexible and work on diverse projects as the work needs change.  
    • Ensure the enforcement of program and risk management policies.  
    • Collect and manage tracking of receipts, expenses, reimbursements, and other basic budgetary needs.  Ensure IP expenditures do not exceed allocated amounts per agreement. 
    •  (I re-worded this and included it above.Complete Project Partner and Agency driven reports on a quarterly and annual basis in coordination with Conservation Legacy Western Region staff. 
    • Collaborate with SCC Recruitment Outreach and Communications Manager and other program support staff to help develop and implement recruitment strategy.  
    • Implement, monitor, and enforce all SCC Policies and Procedures.
    • Coordinate IP vehicle needs with SCC logistic staff.
    • Oversee and manage the credit card request, training, and approval process for members including monitoring individual agreement budgets for members and monthly reconciliation processes. 

     

     

    Participant or Member Management 

    • Develop AmeriCorps positions with many different project partners.  
    • Recruit and market for 50+ unique positions. 
    • Oversee and support the IP Program Coordinator through the selection and placing of IP members across the state based on partner interest and funding availability. 
    • Ensure that all open positions are filled in a reasonable amount of time. 
    • Oversee and support the IP Program Coordinator with the collection, compilation, and processing of all required intake and enrollment materials. 
    • Manage online systems that are necessary for successful program operations. 
    • Help support and improve systems for member selection and admissions processing. 
    • Coordinate timesheet and payroll processes for all members and provide appropriate information to Conservation Legacy business office as needed.  
    • Manage AmeriCorps slot allocations and changes as they happen. 
    • Ensure AmeriCorps compliance is fully implemented throughout the IP Program
    • Compile and complete AmeriCorps report requirements in coordination with Conservation Legacy AmeriCorps Program Staff

     

     

    Program Development

      • Enhance the quality of existing programs by suggesting programmatic changes and/or the development of new IP opportunities to SCC Directors and project partners.
      • Ensure current project partner satisfaction and give responsive customer service, focused on retaining partners by maintaining positive partner relationships.
      • Assist with the development of new programs that fulfill SCC’s mission
      • Assist with new partner development as needed.
      • Participate in Conservation Legacy’s IP Leadership meetings to strengthen IP Programs, address Conservation Legacy wide IP concerns, refine and develop policies, and collaborate on other IP related items.

     

     

    General Administration 

    • Oversee workers compensation cases within the IP Program and assist with state tax identification concerns as needed 
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings and support staff as appropriate. 
    • Participate in weekly statewide, regional, and development staff meetings and support other staff as appropriate. 
    • Serve as an on-call resource for IP and Field Crew risk management system.  
    • Coordinate across Conservation Legacy’s Individual Placement programs for systems development. 
    • Lead or participate in organizational-wide intern efforts to develop support of other Conservation Legacy intern program.  

     

     

    Supervisory Responsibilities  

    • Supervise and develop the SCC IP Program staff, such as Program Coordinators.    
    • Participate in the hiring, management, and evaluation of SCC IP Program staff.  
    • Recruit, orient, train, and support the SCC IP Program staff.  
    • Provide ongoing feedback, coaching and evaluation for SCC IP Program staff.  
    • Provide administrative, logistical, and mentoring support to SCC IP Program staff.  

     

     

    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.  

     

    Organizational Advocacy

    • 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.
    • Reports any potential complaints within the organization as identified in the Personnel Policy Manual.
    • Assists or leads other responsibilities, as assigned.

    Other “Hats” You May Wear: Customer Service, Relationship Development, Marketing, Administrative, Supervision or Mentorship to Others, Facilitator, Trainer, Facilities, Human Resources, Supervisor

    Physical Requirements:

    Conservation Legacy is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. Some positions may require periodic overnight travel, non-traditional work hours, ability to move across varied terrain, use program-specific tools and a range of technology on an infrequent or frequent basis. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.

    Qualifications: 

    • Ability to successfully work in a fluid, changing work environment. 
    • Ability to operate Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.  
    • Ability to keep others and oneself, in remote locations, accountable to expectations. 
    • Valid Driver’s License and Insurable Driving Record per Personnel Policies. 
    • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements. 
    • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.  
    • Exhibits the ability to effectively collaborate with 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 and managing administrative systems in non-profit or similar organizations. 
    • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.  
    • 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. 
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.  
    • 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.  
    • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, and ability to prioritize. 

     

    Preferred Qualifications:  

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or 4 years of related experience. 
    • Current Wilderness First Responder certification, or willingness to obtain 
    • Experience with human resources management and admissions/hiring processes. 
    • Positive, entrepreneurial attitude and attentiveness to detail are both a definite plus. 
    • Prior supervisory and management experience favored. 

     

    Other Competencies Desired for this Position’s Success: Manage Complexity, Resourceful, Effectively Communicate, Cultivate Innovation, Drive and/or Influence Results, Plans & Aligns.

     

    To Apply:
    1. Send Cover letter and resume to Kevin Heiner at  kevin@conservationlegacy.org 
    2. Cover Letter Must Include:

    Subject line includes “Applicant_(Your Name)”.

    Cover Letter must include a response to the following:  Provide some examples of your experience effectively working with diverse communities, including those specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.  

     Application review to begin October 21, 2022.  Start date preference in November or December 2022.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $22.50 - $23.23 / hour

    Title: Youth Program Manager – SCC Los Valles (Salida, CO)

    Starting Salary Range: (Starting salary $22.50 - $23.23 per hour DOE)

    Location: Eligible for part-time remote within Los Valles service area (Salida, CO or San Luis Valley, CO). Some travel to and work from Salida office required.

    Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

    Benefit Eligible: Health, Vision, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Time Off per Personnel Policies

    Important Requirement: Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.

     

    Organizational 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 Youth Program Manager (YPM) is responsible for the management, development, overall quality and leading the sustainability of all youth programs and operations out of SCC’s Los Valles Office. The YPM manages the administrative and logistical details of the program, serves as the information/communication hub for other program staff, oversees operational support of youth crews, works with the Los Valles (LV) Director to coordinate staff providing support to crews in the field, and maintains timely and effective communication with project partners. The YPM will also work with SCC’s Corps Director, LV Director, and Western Region Grant Manager to develop additional fee for service, grant and foundational funding to support an expanded youth program and to sustain existing programs.

     

    The position is approximately 80% office-based and 20% field based, with field visits that may include overnight stays. Crew Leader Training season, April-May, requires a strong and consistent field presence from the YPM. The YPM must be available for emergency trips to the field. The Youth Program Manager reports to the LV Director.

     

    Outcomes & Functions of Position:

     

    Program Staff Supervision and Hiring

    • Recruit, interview, hire and evaluate all crew leaders and youth programs staff. Manage all hiring paperwork, including contracts, AmeriCorps Enrollment; database management; selection paperwork.
    • Develop and implement a Crew Leader Recruiting strategy for the Los Valles programs in coordination with other SCC staff.

     

    • Supervise, support and mentor 6-12 crew leaders each year. Provide seasonal formal evaluations to each leader.
    • Mentor field and program staff and provide technical expertise, guidance, emotional and programmatic support and identify positive working solutions to crew management issues for crew leaders. Debrief crew leaders after each hitch.
    • Supervise, mentor and evaluate a FTE Youth Program Coordinator.
    • Manage and coordinate visits with Mental Health Consultant.

     

    Corpsmember Recruitment and Support

    • Oversee a Corps member recruitment strategy for Los Valles youth program, building connections and relationships with schools, non-profits and local community organizations
    • Oversee recruitment, interviewing and selection 60+ crew members each year.
    • Oversee and help provide onboarding support to crew members and communicate with the

    families of youth participants through frequent communication and parents’ nights.

    • Develop and oversee a crew member orientation at the beginning of each season.
    • Manage serious incidents and maintain communications with appropriate parties.

     

    Program Management and Administration

    • Ensure member safety by developing and implementing an appropriate risk management strategy for High School Day and Camping Crews.
    • Develop youth program sessions and schedules that meet the need of the various local communities served.
    • Oversee and complete project agreements/task orders, database, pre-site visits, project scheduling, evaluation systems, and project specifications.
    • Manage youth programs project schedule to ensure that all partner specific needs are being met.
    • Ensure partner satisfaction through regular communication and collection of project evaluations.
    • Collect, manage, and disperse program paperwork. Verify accuracy of all paperwork for field staff and members (timesheets, project accomplishment summaries, etc.).
    • Implement, monitor and enforce all Conservation Legacy/SCC Policies and Procedures.
    • Manage program expenditures while maintaining safety and quality.
    • Manage crew leader credit card reconciliation, ensuring appropriate spending and accountability.
    • Create project reports and annual program evaluations as needed.
    • Work with Conservation Legacy staff to ensure program is compliant with funder and administrative requirements.
    • Assist in the development and management of local community partner agreements and approving invoices.

    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 trails and chainsaw) and programmatic assistance to crews in the field as needed.
    • Maintain regular communication with Crew Leaders, including but not limited to debriefs on de- rig day, and responding to crew emergency situations
    • Coordinate regular field visits with program staff as needed.

     

    • Participate in a rotating weekly on-call system for crews in the field.
    • Coordinate the efforts of program staff to ensure proper field support to crews.

     

    Staff Development & Training

    • Design, coordinate and implement in-house training of crew leaders and program participants.
    • Identify and coordinate appropriate external trainings, as needed.

     

    Partnership Development and Retention

    • Lead with new partner development as needed, with the support of the LV Director and SCC Corps Director.
    • In coordination with the LV Director and Central Communications Team develop and manage a local Youth Programs PR strategy to maintain visibility of programs in community and strong reputation among all stakeholders.
    • Take a leadership role within the regional community, proactively managing and developing community relations, partnerships, projects and funding.
    • Develop and maintain project partner relationships with an aim toward sustainability and leveraging to new project opportunities.
    • Present and request funding at County Commissioner Meetings
    • Engage in project related community collaboration and shared resourcing.
    • Collaborate with other Conservation Corps staff to create long-term relationships through sustainable funding opportunities.

     

    Program Development and Sustainability

    • Enhance quality of existing programs by suggesting programmatic changes to LV Director and SCC Program Operations Group as warranted.
    • Work with SCC Youth Programs Group to improve program evaluation with the goal of developing more robust programmatic outcomes and associated funding.
    • Lead the development of new youth programs that fulfill SCC’s mission.
    • Grant identification, coordination, development, writing, and reporting in support of existing and emerging youth program models and staff capacity, supported by Western Region Grants Manager and LV Director.
    • Work with Conservation Legacy staff to ensure high quality youth programming that follows labor laws, ensure policies are in place and appropriate staff trainings.

     

    Organizational Advocacy

     

    • 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.
    • Reports any potential complaints within the organization as identified in the Personnel Policy Manual.
    • Assists or leads other responsibilities, as assigned.

    Physical Requirements:

     

    Conservation Legacy is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. Some positions may require periodic overnight travel,

     

    non-traditional work hours, ability to move across varied terrain, use program-specific tools and a range of technology on an infrequent or frequent basis. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.

     

    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.
    • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.
    • Ability to successfully 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.
    • Ability to keep others, in remote locations, accountable to expectations.
    • Ability to operate Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
    • Valid Driver’s License and Insurable Driving Record per Personnel Policies.
    • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history check requirements.
    • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking
    • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or 5 years of directly related experience.
    • Relevant medical certification (i.e. WFR, WFA, and/or OEC) AND demonstrated good judgment and problem solving in emergency situations required.
    • Grant writing, management, and reporting experience.

    To Apply:

    1. Send Cover letter and resume to Anna Hendricks at ahendricks@conservationlegacy.org
    2. Cover Letter Must Include:

     

    Subject line includes “Applicant_(Your Name)”.

     

    Cover Letter must include a response to the following: Provide some examples of your experience effectively working with diverse communities, including those specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.

     

    Application review to begin October 21, 2022. December or January start preferred.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

Jeanine Russell
jrussell@conservationlegacy.org

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

Internship Programs (All SCC Offices)
Cait Payne
cpayne@conservationlegacy.org


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