Conservation Corps Crew Member

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Estes Park, Colorado

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $300 per week
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

This is a residential program; participants will be housed in bunkhouses, 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)

Crew members will work with four to five of their peers and one crew leader to complete conservation, wildfire mitigation, and/or historic preservation projects throughout public lands in Northern Colorado. Projects can include, but are not limited to, trail maintenance, wilderness patrols, trail construction, habitat restoration, historic structure stabilization and restoration, clearing trails of obstruction as wildfire mitigation, and basic carpentry. Projects are completed alongside National Park Service and USDA Forest Service staff.

Additionally, crew members will participate in orientation and training activities, educational programs, shadowing opportunities, and career development workshops. These will review safety protocols, LNT principles, backcountry preparedness, natural and cultural history topics, resume workshopping, USAJobs overview, and a review of AmeriCorps policies, expectations, and requirements.

AmeriCorps Crew Members must be able to serve effectively on a team comprised of their peers, helping fellow members achieve personal and program success through the principles of teamwork and service-learning. Crew Members must be responsive to instructions and feedback delivered by the Crew Leader, Program Staff, and project hosts from land management agencies such as the NPS and USFS.

Crew members must be over the age of 18 as of June 1, 2022. No experience is necessary to apply as a crew member, just the desire and ability to work hard with a team and learn new skills in the outdoors.

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 wild land 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)

Historical 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)
HOW TO APPLY

In order to apply for a position for the 2022 season, you should submit the listed items below to opportunity@rmconservancy.org

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

AND

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