COSA Upcoming Opportunities with Southwest Conservation Corps

Good morning,

I am excited to share with you some amazing upcoming opportunities with Southwest Conservation Corps in Colorado and New Mexico! In addition to the Adult, Veteran, and Youth Conservation Crew Leader positions I have already shared with you, we have FOUR newly added positions for 2022! Click each job title to be taken to the full position description and application portal!

Education and Youth Program Individual Placement with Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Start/End Date: February 28th, 2022 – August 26th, 2022

Stipend: $560.00/week (+Education Award)

Location: 11500 Hwy 150 Mosca, CO 81146

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,172.50 after successful completion

Program Overview:

Great Sand Dunes has seen a significant increase in visitation and requests from school groups in the last several years. The Park has identified new education opportunities to work with our local schools, communities, and organizations to support park priorities and goals. Great Sand Dunes is developing multiple internship opportunities, recruiting from the local community to create a deeper connection to Great Sand Dunes while also providing meaningful work for the next generation of young professionals. The selected individual will lead education programming using the park’s curriculum-based lesson plans, coordinate scheduling for on-site programs, provide resources to educators to lead their own programs when the park cannot accommodate, and develop distance learning programs. They will also work closely with the site supervisor to enhance partnerships with area schools to increase the number of regional schools participating in on-site and distance learning programs. This individual will schedule, plan, and offer education programs for K-8th grade as well as develop and deliver distance learning programs. They will assist their site supervisor with conducting outreach to regional school districts. They will also provide public presentations to summer visitors and assist the park with daily operations at the visitor center.

Weatherization Technician Individual Placements with Housing Resources of Western Colorado

Start/End Date: January (flexible based on applicant availability)

Stipend: $600/week (+Education Award)

Location: Montrose or Grand Junction (based on applicant preference)

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,195.00 after successful completion, Health Insurance eligible, Professional Certifications will be received with the cost of travel and training covered.

Program Overview:

This individual will be completing high-quality energy efficiency and health and safety upgrades to homes; to ensure maximum long-lasting benefits. The upgrades include but are not limited to insulation, air sealing, furnace replacement, storm windows, refrigerator replacement, LED lighting, ventilation, ground moisture barrier, and installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. HRWC will be weatherizing 200 homes in the 12 counties that they serve during the 2021-2022 program year. These individuals will learn all aspects of the program by shadowing Energy Auditors, Weatherization Techs, and Quality Control Inspectors. Individuals will receive online and on-the-job training.

Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader

Multiple locations and dates. View the full PD above for details

Salary:  $685-805/week depending on experience

Benefits: Paid attendance to training, including Wilderness First Aid; uniform shirt; $13/day food allowance if camping); health benefits package that comes into effect on the 1st of a calendar month after the first 60 days; paid days of personal leave

Program Overview

Crews will conduct vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. Crews will consist of three individuals: two crew members and one crew lead. Together, they will monitor land health (i.e., soil and vegetation) on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, burn scars, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

Within all plots, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species cover and composition data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.

Lotic Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader

Location: Taos BLM Field Office, New Mexico

Program Dates:  April 4, 2022 to November 15, 2022 (34 weeks).

Salary:  $685-$805/week depending on experience

Benefits:  Paid attendance to training, including Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue; uniform shirt; $15/day food allowance if camping); health benefits package that comes into effect on the 1st of a calendar month after the first 60 days; paid days of personal leave

Program Overview

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative. The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout BLM lands by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches within streams, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions.

One Crew Lead and one Crew Member will work together to sample wadeable streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework and Aquatic AIM methodology. They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data into Survey123, a tablet-based data-recording program, while on site. Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Unconventional work hours, including 10 (sometimes 10+) hour days, are expected. Using a BLM- provided vehicle, crews will drive to several different areas of a vast sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, range, wildlife, and others.

As always, please forward to anyone you think may be interested, view our Join page to see all of our current opportunities, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!


Morgan Brandenburg


Recruitment, Outreach, and Communications Manager

Southwest Conservation Corps


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