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 areas.

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


Adult Crew Member positions are now posted! See below for details and links to apply!

We are also still looking for qualified applicants for our Leadership positions. All positions will start April 2nd, 2018 and run through late November 2018. 

  • ​Adult Crew Leaders
  • Youth Crew Leaders
  • Veterans Fire Corps Crew Leaders
  • Crew Leaders in Development (Youth and Young Adult)
  • Strike Team Crew Leaders

*Positions available in both Durango and Salida, CO!

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

Youth and Young Adult Programs

2018 Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)

Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida

Spend your year completing conservation work in Colorado, while growing your leadership skills! Members will start the program in an 8 week intensive leader training, covering both hard technical skills such as trails training and S-212, and soft group skills including communication, leadership, and risk management. Upon completion of the training season, members will be paired with a Crew Leader mentor, and as a co-leading pair, you will lead a crew of 6-8 members during the summer and fall. 

  • Start Date: April 2nd, 2018
  • End Date: Late November, 2018 
  • Wages: Living stipend of $375 a week with a $2,907 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program 
  • Benefits: 5 days PTO and 5 days’ discretionary time. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment. Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED training, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training. (Certificate awarded upon completion of program.) 
  • WFR: CLDP members will be provided with Wilderness First Responder/CPR/AED training. There will be a WFR course available in Durango from March 23rd - 30th, through Desert Mountain Medicine. Other acceptable WFR Courses or Recertification Courses can be reimbursed, but must be taken prior to the start of the season. 
  • We are hiring CLDP's for both our Youth and Young Adult Crews. Applicants interested in youth programming will have the opportunity to lead high school and middle school crews in the summer, and transition to Adult Crews in the Fall. Those who would like to work with Young Adults (18-25), will have adult crews for both seasons. 

Please see our website for a complete position description and how to apply! 

Adult Crews, Youth Crews, Veteran Fire Corps Crews

2018 Crew Leader Positions

Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida

Both the Four Corners and Los Valles offices of SCC are hiring for the 2018 field season. 

Start/end date:  April 2nd 2018 – Late November 2018

Wages: $460-600 weekly DOE/DOQ in season, tiered Training wage during 8 week training season.

Health Benefits: Health Benefit Eligible, 5 days PTO (structured in August) and 5 days’ discretionary time

Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training. (Certificate awarded upon completion of program.) as well as other development opportunities. 

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, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

2018 Summer Adult Camping Crew Corpsmember

Four Corners Office - Durango, CO and Los Valles Office - Salida

The Four Corners (Durango) and Los Valles (Salida) offices of the Southwest Conservation Corps are currently hiring for 2018 Corpsmembers! 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!

Terms start May 28th, 2018 with opportunities to work for 11 or 22 weeks. Choose to join Short Term (11 weeks) or Long Term (22 week) Chainsaw or Trail crews.

Get paid $275/week, and earn an AmeriCorps Education Stipend of $1,538 (minimum) at the end of your service.

Other perks include food provided while in the field, uniform and PPE, S-212 Chainsaw training for saw crews.

Go to: to find out more information about each of the crews and to apply!

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)
Clara Moulton

Ancestral Lands, Navajo Nation:

Ancestral Lands, Acoma Pueblo:
Aaron Lowden

Ancestral Lands, Zuni Office:
Ryan Aguilar

Contact Info