Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Estes Park, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $400 per week
Deadline Jan 28, 2022
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

This is a residential program; participants will be housed in bunk houses, private residences, or tents throughout the season. Depending on crew location, crews may spend anywhere from 30% to 100% of their season living in tents. Please note certain activities such as food shopping, meal prep, eating meals, cleaning your bunk/tent/room, and evening activities do not count toward your term hours.

Crews work in the following locations

  • Arapaho National Forests (Sulphur Ranger District)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Roosevelt National Forest (Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts)

The Crew Leader position is integral to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy AmeriCorps Conservation Corps. The crew leader helps accomplish the Conservancy’s goals of completing conservation projects, supporting crew member development of skills, working directly with agency partners, and fostering a conservation ethic amongst the crews. Crew locations vary throughout Northern Colorado. Projects can include, but are not limited to, trail maintenance, wilderness patrols, wildfire mitigation, trail construction, habitat restoration, historic structure stabilization and restoration, and basic carpentry. Projects are completed alongside National Park Service and USDA Forest Service staff.

The Crew Leader leads a crew of 4 or 7 Crew Members, serving as the primary liaison between project hosts and program staff. The Crew Leader is responsible for the crew’s service and safety during each project. The Crew Leader and Crew Members are supervised by the Stewardship Director.

Crew leaders do not need prior trail-building knowledge, though it is very strongly preferred. Crew leader applicants without technical trail knowledge must display extraordinary outdoor leadership and team-building skills.

Moraine Trails (East side of Rocky Mountain National Park)(June to August):

  • Focusing on trail construction and maintenance, the Moraine crew lives in Moraine Park Campground, inside Rocky Mountain National Park. This crew primarily works day trips on the most heavily trafficked trails in RMNP. Working closely with the NPS Trails department, crew members will learn technical trail-work skills from national park rangers.
  • 1 Crew (6 members)

Rocky Fire (East side RMNP) (June to mid-October):

  • The Rocky Fire crew works closely with the RMNP Fire Department, working primarily on fuels mitigation in the national park. Crew members will receive specialized training and experience in fire behavior, fuels mitigation, and chainsaw use and maintenance. Such training will allow the crew to earn their “Red Card” certification, a nationally recognized wildland firefighting certification that qualifies crew members to become federally commissioned firefighters.
  • 1 Crew (8 members)

Kawuneeche Trails (West side of RMNP) (June to August):

  • A new crew to the 2022 season, the Kawuneeche Trail crew will live and work on the western slope of RMNP. Crew members will camp all summer in the Timber Creek Campground and will work in the park on trails that were heavily damaged by the 2020 wildfires.
  • 1 Crew (6 members)

Historic Preservation (within RMNP)(June to August):

  • Another new crew to the 2022 season, the Historical Preservation crew will provide valuable rehabilitation services to dozens of near-century-old buildings in RMNP. Skills like carpentry, plumbing and construction project management will be practiced by the historical preservation crew partnering with the NPS.
  • 1 crew (6 members)

Canyon Lakes (US Forest Service in the Rawah Wilderness) (June to August):

  • The Canyon Lakes crew partners with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. Living in the Stub Creek ranger cabin in the Rawah Wilderness, the Canyon Lakes crew is the most remote crew in the Conservancy’s Corps. They work on fire-impacted trails in the Rawah and Comanche Peak wilderness areas, as well as on trails all along the Poudre River Canyon.
  • 2 crews in total (10 members)

Boulder (USFS near Nederland) (June to August):

  • Based out of the Boulder Ranger District and camping in Kelly Dahl Campground near Nederland, Colorado, the Boulder crew works primarily in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, often on 4-day long backcountry hitches. Partnering with the US Forest Service as well as the Boulder Climbing Community’s Front Range Climbing Stewards (FRCS), the Boulder crew repairs and maintains trails that rock climbers often use to access climbing areas. There is no rock climbing required for this crew.
  • 1 Crew (7 members total)

Sulphur District (USFS near Grand Lake) (June to August):

  • This crew, partnering with the Sulphur Ranger District’s trails team, will spend several weeks at backcountry hitches. The main work for the Sulphur Trails crew will be clearing existing trails of fallen trees using a decades-old, 6-foot-long crosscut saw. Crew members will earn a national certification in the crosscut saw.
  • 1 Crew (6 members total)

Sulphur Recreation (Arapaho National Recreation Area) (June to August):

  • While both Sulphur Crews will live together, they may not always work together. The Sulphur ANRA crew will work on campsite maintenance and rehabilitation in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. On occasion, they will join in with the Sulphur Trails crew on hitch to crosscut fallen trees. Both Sulphur crews will receive crosscut saw certification.
  • 1 Crew (5 members total)

In order to apply for a position for the 2022 season, you should submit the listed items below to

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 references for us to contact


When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.