Adult Program Crew Leader Development Program (2024)

Southwest Conservation Corps

Durango, Colorado

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details Salary: $685 weekly ($485/week living stipend + $200/week housing stipend) + $4,826.50 AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service term.
Deadline Jan 05, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

For complete job description and to apply: CLICK HERE

Start Date: March 25th, 2024.

End Date: November 15th, 2024.

Salary: $685 weekly ($485/week living stipend + $200/week housing stipend) + $4,826.50 AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service term. 

Benefits: 5 paid days off structured in August between seasons, and 3 additional days of PTO. Food provided while in the field and access to Mental Health Consultant and Employee Assistance Program.

Certifications/Training: U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training, Technical Trails training, Restorative Justice Approach Training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, and other development opportunities.


Position Overview: CLDPs, along with Crew Leaders, are responsible for ensuring the physical safety and emotional well-being of their crew. The intention of the CLDP/Crew Leader pairing is to aid in the leadership development of the CLDP. Over the course of the season, the CLDP will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to take on full Crew Leader responsibilities. Crew Leaders will be responsible for helping to create a leadership development plan. CLDP’s may take lead or assist the Crew Leader with project management, creating and implementing development and educational opportunities, and completing required hitch paperwork.   

Position Summary: The Adult CLDP position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives while completing conservation projects. CLDPs will be mentors, educators, and facilitators for young adults, working to promote the health and resiliency of our land, air, and water.   

Crews Offered: 

  • Women’s+ Affinity Crew – An affinity crew for Women (both trans + cis) and Non-Binary individuals
  • Queer Affinity Crew – An affinity crew for LGBTQAI2S+ individuals
  • Conservation/Trail Crew – A crew for young adults that works in both backcountry and front country settings, focusing on trails and a variety of conservation work
  • Chainsaw Crew - A crew for young adults that works primarily in front country settings, focusing on sustainable forestry, fuels reduction, or invasive species removal (with the potential to use herbicide)
  • Crosscut Crew – Crew works in remote Wilderness areas, clearing down trees from trails with a two-person crosscut saw.


Leadership & Mentorship

  • Integrate values pertaining to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) within the corps   
  • Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics   
  • Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community   
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent SCC. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program   

Project Management & Implementation

  • Train, motivate and supervise a crew of young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects, while working long hours and managing high quality of work and crew morale   
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems   
  • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader & SCC staff   

Safety & Risk Management

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety   
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety   
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers   

Essential Functions:

  • Required to walk, hike, sit, talk, and listen   
  • Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, and to reach with hands and arms   
  • Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds   
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus   
  • Must be 21  
  • Speak, understand, read, and write English   
  • Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program  

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements: Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and may not apply to your particular position. 

General Qualifications:   

  • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check   
  • Adaptive, patient, and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout  
  • Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 18-30).  
  • Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group setting. 
  • Enjoyment and desire for caring for the land while living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions  
  • Ready to confront physically demanding, long workdays in variable weather conditions while being able to help and encourage others that they are leading.
  • Experience or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands and have a flexible definition of what 'conservation' means.
  • To drive, members must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver's license 
  • CLDP members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. CLDP members obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award 
  • Member's must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S. citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States 

Other Considerations:   

  • Having a vehicle or access to a vehicle is important for this position to transport yourself between your living situation & our work base: The Old Fort Lewis in Hesperus, CO   
  • Ability to live, work and camp in rural Colorado. Weather can be extreme and variable throughout the spring and summer season   

To apply: Follow this link and click on "APPLY".

For questions/inquires/help: Contact Lane Tomassini, SCC Adult Program Co-Coordinator, at ltomassini@conservationlegacy.org or Greta Binzen, SCC Adult Program Co-Coordinator at gbinzen@conservationlegacy.org

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Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Conservation Corps, Trail Maintenance