COSA Southwest Conservation Corps is hiring – Great Opportunities for Rece nt Grads!

Southwest Conservation Corps has several opportunities to work with federal land management agency partners in Colorado and New Mexico! Four different positions are below with links to each position description and application portal. All of our positions can be found at

  1. Santa Fe National Forest Covid Response Team – Crew Leader
    1. Locations: Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
    2. Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt
    3. Start/end date:  June 1, 2021 – October 2021
    4. Wages: $685 / week 
    5. Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, development opportunities
    6. The Santa Fe Covid Response Team is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2 Members. This smaller size allows the crew more mobility and ease of travel throughout the forest to respond to unique project needs.
    7. Crews work primarily in frontcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 5 days on-hitch (8 hours/day) and 2 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camp 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. The Crews will be based out of Santa Fe and can expect not to return to SCC’s office during work time.
    8. Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing 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.
  1. Santa Fe NF Covid Response Team – Crew Member
    1. Dates: June 1, 2021 – October, 2021
    2. Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program
    3. Location: Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
    4. Stipend: $330/week
    5. Ages: 18 – 30
    6. Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
    7. Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, development opportunities
    8. AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,360 upon successful completion of the program
    9. Project work will include, but not limited to: Install signage in highly impacted areas, replace doors and other structures that were vandalized during closures, Repair damaged picnic tables, Assist with the district’s cleaning schedule to ensure an acceptable state of recreational facilities, Remove trash, and address the immediate 3-5 miles of highly impacted trails.
  1. Bureau of Land Management – Range Technician Individual Placement
    1. Start/End Date: 6/7/2021 – 8/27/2021
    2. Stipend: $629.00/week (+Education Award)
    3. Term: 12 weeks
    4. Reports To: Bureau of Land Management – San Luis Valley Field Office
    5. Location: Monte Vista, CO 81144
    6. Status: 450-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
    7. Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $1,638.89 after successful completion
    8. This position will be operating out of the San Luis Valley Field Office in Monte Vista, Colorado where the BLM provides an integral service of managing grazing uses in the area. As a Range Technician the individual will work directly with senior Range Management Specialists in the administration of this complex program. This includes assisting with the management of permit casefiles, and allotment files and assisting with data management associated with range improvements. The individual will gain great insight into the inner workings of a range management program and the role it plays in an interdisciplinary setting, working alongside other resource specialists.
  1. U.S. Forest Service Recreation Individual Placement
    1. Start/End Date: Early June (flexible dependent of school schedules)
    2. Stipend: $500.00/week (+Education Award)
    3. Term: 18 weeks
    4. Reports To: US Forest Service, Dolores Ranger District
    5. Location: Dolores, CO 81323
    6. Status: 675-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
    7. Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $2,360.00 after successful completion
    8. The Recreation Program oversees trails, roads, McPhee Reservoir, Lizard Head Wilderness, and other recreation facilities on the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. This program is in need of local talent interested in learning more about the multiple uses of our national forests. This individual will focus on the maintenance and improvement of local trail systems as well as developed recreation sites. The individual will work with experienced recreation and trail crew member as well as gain exposure to other programs throughout the Dolores Ranger District.

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Thank you,

Morgan Brandenburg


Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications Manager

Southwest Conservation Corps


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