Crew Leaders! Adult and Youth!

Southwest Conservation Corps

Durango and Salida, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $500-$685/week, DOE
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Southwest Conservation Corps, out of both Durango and Salida Colorado, is hiring several different types of crew leaders! We are looking for leaders for both our adult (18-35) program and our youth (14-18) program! Each program also has a corresponding development program if you're not quite ready to be a leader, called the Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP). 

Adult Crew Leaders

Start/end date: End of March, 2021 - Beginning of November, 2021

Wages: Crew Leader -  $685 / week CLDP $500 / week + AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service term

Benefits: Food provided while in the field, Health Benefit Eligible, uniforms, U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Mental Health First Aid Trainings, 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and other development opportunities. 

Multiple positions open until filled.

Crews consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camps together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 

Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. A variety of soft skills and technical competencies are required to be successful in this role.

Youth Crew Leaders

Dates: March 29th - August 13th, 2021 

Wages: Crew Leader: $685/Week  

CLDP: $500/Week + AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service term 

Benefits: Chainsaw Certification, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Technical Trails Training, Trauma Informed Approach Training, Mandatory Reporter Training; CLDPs receive Wilderness First Responder Certification 

Other Benefits: Uniforms, Personal Protective Equipment, Food in field 

A Crew Leader mentors a Crew Leader in Development (CLDP) as they work together to co-lead a 6-person high school crew during the summer season. High school crews work Monday – Friday and may be camping crews or day crews. Local students ages 14-18 are hired to complete a variety of projects. 1 day a week is an education day. Crew Leaders and CLDP’s work long days and may work from remote communities, away from the main office. Together, they are responsible for the safety and well-being of their crew, project implementation, creating educational opportunities, and program paperwork each week. All leaders will spend the April and May in an intensive crew leader training. (See each complete position description for more details on Spring Season, and each jobs’ responsibilities.) 


Visit to see the full position description for each position! Note that there are nearly ten different options, focusing on leading different age groups, in two different locations in Western Colorado. Each leader type also has a corresponding CLDP position. Please read the position descriptions thoroughly and apply to the appropriate one(s) for you! 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Don't wait! Apply today!!

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