Southwest Conservation Corps

Crosscut Saw Crew Member

Posted: January 14, 2020
Location: Durango, CO
Time Commitment: May 25th – August 7th, 2020


As an AmeriCorps program participant with the distinguished Southwest Conservation Corps Cross Cut Saw Crew, you will be trained and certified in all aspects of crosscut saw work. Crosscut saw crews are focused primarily in designated wilderness areas where mechanized chainsaw use is prohibited. Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort to clear large swaths of downed trees and avalanche debris from remote trails in these areas of the forest. These crews tend to cover a lot of ground and explore many incredible areas!

Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

Projects may include crosscut saw work, trail construction & maintenance, 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 a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th , 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.

Job Responsibilites

Projects may include crosscut saw work, trail construction & maintenance, 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.

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 Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,638.89 upon completion of program.

Application Process

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

Any questions can be addressed to: Eric Falk, Program Coordinator:


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