Southwest Conservation Corps

14er's Conservation Crew Member - Los Valles

Posted: January 14, 2020
Location: Salida, CO
Time Commitment: May 25th – October 30th, 2020


Colorado is know for its soaring peaks, and none are more famous than those that rise over 14,000 ft in elevation, often referred to as 14ers. As an AmeriCorps participant of one of the Southwest Conservation Corps β€˜14er’ crews, your office will be the high alpine environment on the slopes of one of these peaks. Your crew will consist of 6 to 8 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 a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

Your main project for the summer will include intensive trail construction & maintenance in high elevation terrain. Other projects during the season may also include 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 an unpaid, 5-day orientation (May 25th – 29th, 2020). Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

Job Responsibilites

Your main project for the summer will include intensive trail construction & maintenance in high elevation terrain. Other projects during the season may also include habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects.

Required 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.

Salary and Benefits

Stipend: $300/week. Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $3,097.50

Application Process

TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions


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