Southwest Conservation Corps Salida, Colorado
Deadline Jan 31, 2019
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Start/end date: April 1st, 2019 – Late November 2019 

Wages: $500 – 620 / week DOQ, DOE 

Benefits: 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and 5 days of discretionary time. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), and other development opportunities. 

Location: Salida, CO or Durango, CO

Multiple positions opened until filled. 

Southwest Conservation Corps: The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC engages motivated young adults, ages 18 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Four Corners region. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, 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. 
Each crew consists of 6 - 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility you could work 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all members and leaders to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. SCC crews work in a variety of national parks, national forests and other public land areas throughout the Southwest. Crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. 
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corps Members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing. 

Position Summary: 

Southwest Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

Required Skills


Leadership & Mentorship 

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work. 
  • Implement skills training on work-site 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. 
  • Mentor Crew Leader in Development while delegating project responsibilities, overseeing crew life, and member development to them.  
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. 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 and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 10-12-hour work day. 
  • Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew. 
  • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work. 
  • 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 on and off the work site. 
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety.  
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers. 


  • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc. 
  • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables. 
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission. 
  • Leadership experience with youth or young adults. 
  • Excellent organizational & communication skills. 
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others. 
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week. 
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment. 
  • Willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic community of peer leaders. 
  • Must be adaptive, patient and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout. 
  • Technical trail construction and maintenance experience. 
  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions. 
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles. 
  • High School diploma or GED certificate. 
  • Must hold current/relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, or OEC) with CPR/AED 
  • Must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC) and a current driver’s license. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps. 
  • Experience with experiential and/or environmental education. 
  • Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people. 
  • Desire to work on a variety of conservation based projects. 
  • Strong conflict resolution skills. 
  • Chainsaw experience. 
  • Relevant Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen. 
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus. 
  • Required to drive an SCC vehicle. 
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


To apply, visit our website and complete and 2019 Crew Leader application. All questions can be addressed to:

Jordan Burningham, Program Director Durango:


Anna Hendricks, Program Director Salida:


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