Southwest Conservation Corps

Long Term Conservation Crew Member - Four Corners

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


As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Long-Term Conservation Crew you will find yourself traversing remote mountain landscapes, exploring the wilderness, and learning how to function as a cohesive group implementing restoration projects. The expedition style atmosphere allows crews to gain a high level of understanding of crew dynamics, project logistics, and technical knowledge in conservation work.

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 backcountry (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 include 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 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or up to 15 days on at a time (with adequate days off in the field), 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 include 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: $3,097.50 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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