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16 Nov 2020

Temporary Conservation Corps Crew Leader Development Program

Southwest Conservation Corps – Posted by Southwest Conservation Corps Durango, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) 

Reports to: Program Manager 

Location: Durango CO 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt   

Start/end date: March 29th, 2021 – November 12th, 2021 

Living Stipend: $450 / week 

Benefits: $4,336 AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Question, Persuade Wilderness First Responder, 5 days of PTO (structured in August) 

Multiple positions opened until filled. 


Southwest Conservation Corps:
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects 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. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 


For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.

Position Summary: 

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 chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Develop Program (CLDP) members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. 


The AmeriCorps CLDP is a two-phase program. Basic program structure will include:   

  • 1st phase: 8 weeks of training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, staff, and culture, policies and procedures, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front and backcountry living, Leave No Trace, USFS recognized Chainsaw and Crosscut training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics and Wilderness Medicine (WFR). Schedule during Crew Leader Training may vary. 
  • 2nd phase: Co-leading adult conservation crews. While co-leading, CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and wellbeing of a 6 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, disaster deployment, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew.  


General Qualifications: 

  • AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check. 
  • Past conservation experience preferred but not required. 
  • Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers, and SCC staff, and appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps. 
  • Leadership: Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 18-30). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and desire to grow.  
  • Adaptability: Projects entail uncertainty and include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be patient and maintain a positive perspective. 
  • Community Building: Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group. Members must be willing to work hard, respect others’ viewpoints, embrace diversity, be committed to equity, and inclusive of differing backgrounds. 
  • Environmental Stewardship: Members must engage leave no trace principles pertaining to public land stewardship and management. 
  • Fitness:SCC projects are physically demanding! 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. Members must confront conditions while leading their crew to do the same.  
  • Corps Member Development: Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and mentor.  
  • Driving: Must be 21or have had a driver’s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), 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. CLDP members obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award. 
  • 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 alien of the United States.  


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 
  • Required to drive an SCC vehicle 
  • 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.  


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. 


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

How to Apply

Complete CLDP Application, upload cover letter & resume:  Any questions can be addressed to:  Eric Falk, Four Corners Program Coordinator: 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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