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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 currently hiring for our fall positions, in both Durango and Salida, Co. check out our open positions and apply today! Positions start in August

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.

  • Weatherization Technicians - Housing Resources of Western Colorado

    $600.00 / week

    Title: Housing Resources of Western Colorado – Weatherization Tech (6 positions)

    Start/End Date:  August 2nd, 2021 – June 10th, 2022

    Stipend:  $600/week (+Education Award) 

    Term:  45 weeks 

    Reports To:  Housing Resource of Western Colorado

    Location: 2 individuals will be place in each of the following locations: Durango, Colorado 81301; Montrose, Colorado 81401; or Grand Junction, Colorado 81501 Please list your preferred location on your resume.

    Status:  1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award $6,195.00 after successful completion, Health Insurance eligible, Professional Certifications will be received with the cost of travel and training covered.


    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 Weatherization Department of Housing Resources of Western Colorado (HRWC) works with the Colorado Energy Office’s (CEO) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to help qualified Coloradoans save money, increase comfort, and better their home an environment through proven energy conservation solutions. HRWC’s Weatherization crews help the low-income households to reduce their energy burden so they have more money for other necessities. The work also benefits the environment by reducing green house gas emissions.


    These individuals will be completing high-quality energy efficiency and health and safety upgrades to homes; to ensure maximum long-lasting benefits. The upgrades include but are not limited to insulation, air sealing, furnace replacement, storm windows, refrigerator replacement, LED lighting, ventilation, ground moisture barrier, and installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. HRWC will be weatherizing 200 homes in the 12 counties that they serve during the 2021-2022 program year. These individuals will learn all aspects of the program by shadowing Energy Auditors, Weatherization Techs, and Quality Control Inspectors. Individuals will receive online and on-the-job training.


    Essential functions and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Operate and maintain various testing equipment, power tools, and other hand tools
        • Learn how to operate and maintain insulation blowing machine
        • Learn how to operate and maintain computerized testing equipment, such as the blower door and combustion analyzer
        • Utilize common power and hand tools in a safe manner


    • Gain proficiency in weatherization and insulation measures
        • Work with Crew Leader to properly install general energy conservation and insulation measures in client homes, per program standard work specifications
        • Learn how to utilize blower door technology to direct air sealing work and verify infiltration reduction targets are met
        • Document labor and materials used and testing results in client files


    • Conduct client education on energy related matters
        • Communicate well with low income, handicapped, and elderly clients
        • Explain technical matters in simple, understandable ways
        • Manage client expectation of work being done.


    Individuals will gain on-the-job training as well as official certifications and Certificates of Knowledge throughout their term.


    Trainings and Certifications:

    • Santa Fe Community College, Building Performance Institute (BPI)
        • Building Science Principles (Certificate of Knowledge)
        • Retrofit Installer


    • Additional certification training will be offered online and in person
        • Lead Safe Weatherization
        • Asbestos Awareness
        • OSHA 10


    General Qualifications: 

    • Fluent in Spanish is preferred but not required


    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.  



    • High School Diploma or GED
    • U. 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
    • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license and good driving record


    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application at 

    Contact Cait at with any questions.

  • Program Coordinator - Permanent

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO

    Title: Four Corners Program Coordinator                                                               Date: May 2021 Reports to: Adult Programs Manager

    Starting Salary: Grade B, hourly rate $17.10 - $20.67, negotiable DOE

    Location: Durango, CO

    Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

    Benefit Eligible: Full benefits 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 Program Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to: Recruit and select corps members and crew leaders for all Adult and Veterans Fire Corps crews; Participate in the planning and execution of crew leader and member trainings; Coordinate communication between the field and the office; Support and mentor all field staff, including seasonal field supervisors, crew leaders and members; Ensure crews are both supported and prepared to maintain safety, program integrity, and quality projects in the field. Both office and field operations are required by this position and a flexible schedule is a must!


    Essential Responsibilities and Functions:


    Recruiting, Interviewing and Selection of Corps Members and Leaders

    • Work as part of an SCC recruiting and member development team to develop and implement a recruitment strategy
    • Establish and maintain a database of all recruiting contracts
    • Participate in recruiting visits to schools, community partners, etc.
    • Coordinate and complete interviewing, selection and placement of 100-150 corps members annually.
    • Assist with Crew Leader and Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) hiring
    • Work in an office setting. Facilitate and manage the submission of all corps member hiring, program, and AmeriCorps paperwork


    Program Oversight and Field Support

    • Field staff mentorship. Provide technical expertise, guidance and emotional support to crew leaders in the field. Identify positive working solutions to crew management issues for leaders.
    • Ensure project quality and quantity by providing technical assistance to and accountability of crew leaders in the field
    • Model risk management procedures in the field to create a safe working environment
    • Facilitate post-hitch check ins with crew leaders
    • Enforce all SCC policies and procedures
    • Comfortability and flexibility with an ever-shifting work schedule
    • Respond to crew emergency situations
    • Participate in an on-call system for crews in the field
    • Assist Logistics Manager with seasonal operations as needed


    Development and Training

    • Assist the program staff to develop and implement training including technical trails, crosscut, chainsaw, mental health, administrative, Wilderness First Aid, leadership and facilitation skills
    • Being a role model and mentor. Providing encouragement guidelines and supervisions to leaders throughout an 8-week training period and continuing into the field season
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with community and project partners


    General Administration

    • Work closely with the administrative staff to ensure compliance of paperwork tasks and AmeriCorps requirements for yourself, leaders and corps members
    • Manage multiple databases for recruitment, selection, payroll and AmeriCorps information and onboarding
    • Manage and maintain accurate reporting of all necessary information and complete program reports including field site visits, recruitment notes, and field inventories
    • Work within an established program budget; manage credit cards, receipts and financial reporting
    • Assist Adult Programs Manager with year-end reports


    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.

    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 3 years of experience in youth development or corps field.


    • 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.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experienced skill level in all or most of the following: trail construction and maintenance, crosscut and chainsaw operation and maintenance, fencing, herbicide application, GIS, front country, and backcountry travel
    • Ability to plan, teach and facilitate trainings for the above skills
    • Experience leading Conservation Corps programs, members or administrative systems


    To Apply: Send Cover letter, resume and references to SCC Four Corners Adult Programs Manager, Lisa Slupianek, Subject line in this email must include “Applicant”


    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.

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

Jeanine Russell

Los Valles Office (Salida):
Ben Correll

Internship Programs (All SCC Offices)
Cait Payne

Contact Southwest Conservation Corps