Southwest Conservation Corps

Get paid to work outside and explore amazing places!

We are Southwest Conservation Corps! Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC has offices in Durango and Salida in Colorado and Acoma and Gallup in New Mexico.

From 14,000 foot, snow covered mountains, to deep canyons carved by rivers millions of years ago, you will experience the unique and beautiful Southwest from many perspectives with SCC. Travel places few people have been, places covered in history, beauty and true wild ares.

Jobs in the Spotlight

About Southwest Conservation Corps

Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, fencing, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction and re-vegetation. Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 9 days at a time in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedule may vary depending on location and program. SCC crews work in a variety of national parks, national forests and other areas throughout the Southwest.

Programs start in March, June, and September and range from 10-30 weeks. Corps Members are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award in addition to their weekly stipend.

Southwest Conservation Corps is a learning experience. We are looking for motivated individuals who can commit to completing the program and who have the desire to learn new skills. No previous work experience is required. However, individuals with experience may choose to apply for our Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) or as a Crew Leader.

The Employee Experience

Have you ever wanted to work outside? What about work outside, gain technical skills in trail and chainsaw work, meet some awesome people, and spend your summer exploring a beautiful part of the country? If you said yes, SCC is for you! Become immersed in an intense and wonderful community. The hands on work is just a part of our program, as we focus on community living, group dynamics and communications, education and personal development in addition to the technical skills you will gain. Whether you want to go on to work for federal agencies, non-profits, or even the corporate world, SCC will provide an experience that you can take with you wherever you end up!

Ideal Candidate

If you are 18-25 and looking to gain hands on experience in the conservation field, The Southwest Conservation Corps is for you! Get ready to get dirty, work hard, and have an amazing experience living and working in a beautiful part of the country.  Follow the links below to learn more about our positions and openings!

Room and Board

Crews typically work for 9 days at a time in front country and back country locations, followed by 5 days off.  When on hitch, Southwest Conservation Corps covers the cost of food and camping and Corps members are responsible for finding own housing on 5 days off.  However, there are many free campgrounds around Durango, CO and Salida, CO that Corps members utilize on days off.

Employee Perks

  • Weekly living stipend 
  • Potential to earn an AmeriCorps award
  • Food provided while on Hitch
  • Conservation skills training,
  • Be part of a community, and opportunity to work outside in some of the best places in the Southwest

Getting Here and Getting Around

Durango: Durango has a small airport just outside of town. The closest large airport is Albuquerque. However, getting around town without a car is harder. Carpooling is more versatile than Public transportation is. So while we do not require cars, having one would allow you to get around more easily. 

Salida: Denver Airport is not far from Salida, but it is up to you to get from A-B. Again, cars not required, but will make your life more flexible. 

New Mexico Offices: Albuquerque  is central to many of our Ancestral Lands offices, and the largest airport in the area. Getting to each of our offices requires a car from Albuquerque.  

For Fun

The Southwest Conservation Corps has offices in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. From each of our bases, you have access to everything from World Class mountain biking, skiing, climbing, fishing, rafting, backpacking and some of the best scenery around! 

Our Jobs



*Positions available in both Durango and Salida, CO!

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

2017 Adult Camping Crew Corpsmember

Work outside in Colorado while gaining hands on conservation experience. Spend your days performing trail construction and maintenance or working on sustainable forestry projects, while living out of your tent! Our terms start August 28th. Saw crews run until November 22nd, and our Regional Conservation Crews will end on October 27th. Get paid $275/week, and earn an AmeriCorps Education Stipend of $1,221 (minimum) at the end of your service. Follow the link below to see complete position descriptions and to apply!

2017 Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Member

Position Dates: Sept 11th, 2017 to December 8th, 2017. $400/week + AmeriCoprs Education Award upon completion. As part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (, this team of 3 people will help ensure continued progress of restoration sites along the beautiful Dolores River in remote western Colorado. The Strike Team will typically work four, 10 hour days per week. The members will join the team in September as AmeriCorps Members and complete herbicide use and plant identification training. Project work consists of treatment of invasive tamarisk resprouts and secondary weeds along the riparian corridor to help native plant populations establish and thrive. The members will learn or review the hands-on details of herbicide application with support from the BLM and Field Supervisor. This position requires extensive field time on foot in the elements, and extensive time wearing a backpack sprayer. Safe operation of BLM, SCC vehicles and selected equipment will be necessary. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corpsmembers to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. Ready to spend your fall along one of Colorado’s most scenic rivers and get rid of some invasives while you’re at it?

2017 Veteran Fire Corps Member

The Southwest Conservation Corps' Veterans Fire Corps program provides training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management. Works throughout the Southwest including, but not limited to, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Salary: $375/week and $1527 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of program. The program aims to provide background knowledge and introductory training in Wildland firefighting. The program assists veterans in their transition to civilian careers by providing contact with potential future employers and trainings in applying for federal land management jobs. The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent era veterans works together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction. Projects require members to camp and live on project locations for up 8 days at a time, followed by 6 days off. SCC has also taken on a role as a part of the larger AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and as such, some crews may get deployed on Disaster response projects for up to 30 days. Trainings will focus on gaining conservation and forestry skills, specifically the use of hand tools and the operation of chainsaws. Members will go to Colorado Fire Camp and earn S130- Firefighter Training, S190- Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S212- Wildland Fire Chainsaws, IS100b- Intro to Incident Command System, and IS700a-National Incident Management System, as well as Wilderness First aid and CPR (WFA) certificates.

Dolores River Restoration Corpsmember

Be part of a large collaborative restoration initiative, completing invasive tree removal and riparian restoration activities on lands along the Dolores River corridor in Southwest Colorado. Dates: August 28th-November 22nd. Earn $275/week and an AmeriCorps Education award at the end of your service.

Four Corners- Federal Lands Internship Program

Calling all local college students and recent grads!! Get paid $400 a week and work on real-world natural and cultural resource projects with federal land management agencies. Learn. Discover. Grow. Positions available in multiple disciplines. Click Apply to find out more! Dates: May 31 to Aug 12

Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM Royal Gorge Field Office

Individual Placement

Approximate Dates: May 15 - August 8 Application Deadline: April 7th, 2017 Living Stipend: $487.50 per week, plus a $1,527 Segal Education Award upon completion Does spending your summer at Guffey Gorge teaching the public about LNT sound like your ideal? Good. We are looking for an intern to work closely with BLM recreation staff to monitor visitation and build awareness of the area’s new rules. The intern would be trained as a Leave No Trace trainer and would assist in educating visitors on the principles that are applicable to the area. APPLY NOW. Deadline April 7th

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):
Teresa DiTore (Adult and High School Crews) 
Ryan Brink (Adult and Veteran Fire Corps Crews)

Los Valles Office (Salida):
Anna Hendricks

Internship Programs (All SCC Offices)
Lauren van Vliet

Ancestral Lands, Navajo Nation:

Ancestral Lands, Acoma Pueblo:
Aaron Lowden

Ancestral Lands, Zuni Office:
Ryan Aguilar

Contact Info