Southwest Conservation Corps

Great Sand Dunes National Park Crew Member - Los Valles

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


The Great Sand Dunes National Park (GSDNP) is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sangre De Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. As a member on the GSDNP Crew this will be your office as you assist park staff with a large variety of conservation and preservation projects. 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.

Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, 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

Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, 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 (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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