Youth Program Crew Leader Development Program (2024)

Southwest Conservation Corps

Salida, Colorado

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details Pay is set at $685 per week.
Deadline Jan 05, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

For complete job description and to apply: CLICK HERE

Start Date: Varying Start Dates - April 2nd, April 16, or May 13th, 2024. 

End Date: August 14th, 2024. With option to extend into the Fall 2024 season. 

Pay: $685 per week. This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award, amount depends on length of service.

Benefits: Paid time off between summer sessions and 2 additional days of PTO; Food provided while in the field

Certifications/Tranings: USFS-recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, Cross-cut training, Restorative Justice Training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, QPR training, Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporting Training, & other youth leadership development opportunities.


About Us: Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects primarily on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs.  

Position Overview: CLDPs are responsible for assisting Crew Leaders in 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 the following season. Crew Leaders will be responsible for helping to create a leadership development plan. Based on their own skills and experience, CLDP’s may take lead or assist with project management, creating and implementing development and educational opportunities, and completing required hitch paperwork. 

Position Summary: This is an entry level position focused on development, we welcome applications from candidates who may not have all the skills listed below. This position provides extensive training during the spring season, meant to prepare CLDP’s for leading summer crews. This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. CLDP’s will be mentors, educators and facilitators for high school students, working to increase youth resiliency, build confidence and to be positive role models for their members.

General Qualifications:  

  • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check  
  • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, crew leaders, members, peers and SCC staff, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps. (This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while on "hitch") 
  • Adaptability: Projects have a degree of uncertainty and will include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be adaptive, patient, and able to maintain a positive perspective throughout 
  • Leadership: Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 15 – 18). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and desire to grow continually 
  • Community Building: Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group setting. CLDP Members must be willing to work hard, listen and respect others' viewpoints, embrace diversity, be committed to equity, and inclusive of differing backgrounds.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Members must have a genuine enjoyment and desire for caring for the land while living and working outdoors in a variety of conditions
  • Fitness: SCC projects are physically demanding! 8 to 10-hour long workdays consist of hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions using tools. Projects often take place at elevation – above 8,500’ – and in variable weather conditions.
  • Conservation: Experience or a desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands
  • Corps Member Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and mentor
  • Driving: CLDP Members are responsible for driving 8 – 12 passenger vehicles while pulling a trailer. In order to drive, members must be 21, have a clean driving record (insurable) and a current driver's license
  • Education: At a minimum, CLDP members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service.
  • Citizenship: 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 of the United States

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.  

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 

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. 
  • Ability to live, work and camp in rural Colorado. Weather can be extreme and variable throughout the spring and summer season 

To apply: Complete application here

We prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans, Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For questions/inquiries/help: Contact Pamela Cisneros, SCC Youth Program Manager at 719-298-1475 or pcisneros@conservationlegacy.org

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

Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Conservation Corps