Southwest Conservation Corps

Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) Member

Posted: November 14, 2018
Location: Durango, CO or Salida, CO
Time Commitment: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

The AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is a two-phase program. The first phase focuses on orientation, training and development; The second phase focuses on implementation and continued leadership development. The AmeriCorps CLDP provides young adults the opportunity to develop outdoor conservation and leadership skills; participants will be exposed to a variety of conservation projects, leadership experiences, and service opportunities on public lands and in local communities throughout the Southwest region of Colorado. Multiple CLDP positions available working with high school youth and young adults. Basic program structure will include:

  • 8-weeks of crew leader training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, staff, and culture, SCC policies and procedures, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front country and backcountry outdoor living, Leave No Trace, Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics and Wilderness Medicine (WFR).
  • Co-leading adult conservation crews or youth crews. While co-leading, CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and well-being of a 6 - 8 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Crew Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew in the absence of their co-leader.

Salary and Benefits

Living stipend of $400 a week with a $4,266.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment. Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED training, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training. 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and 5 days of discretionary time.

Application Process

Full position description and online application:

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