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TCN 2019 Fact Sheet

Southwest Conservation Corps

Position title : Crew Leader

Deadline to apply : 01/31/2019

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Durango or Salida

State / Territory : Colorado

Organization/Program Description :

Southwest Conservation Corps:
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC engages motivated young adults, ages 18 – 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Los Valles region. Projects may include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects.  Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Each crew consists of 6 – 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in frontcountry and backcountry locations in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally are 9 days on and 5 days off. There is a possibility of 5 days on and 2 days off, or a variation of schedules, so we require all members and leaders to be flexible. SCC does not provide housing on off days. Crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all the necessary chores. SCC crews work in a variety of national parks, national forests and other public land areas throughout the Southwest.

Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for Corps Members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.

Position Description :

Southwest Conservation Corps’ Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

Requirements :



Leadership & Mentorship

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work.
  • Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.
  • Promote individual Corps Member development and a healthy community.
  • Mentor Crew Leader in Development.
  • Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program.

Project Management & Implementation

  • Train and motivate a crew of six to eight young adults to efficiently complete conservation projects on public lands within a 10-12-hour work day.
  • Delegation of project work & investment among co-leader and crew.
  • Manage the on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work.
  • Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems.
  • Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff.

Safety & Risk Management

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site.
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety.
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers.


  • Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc.
  • Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables.
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases
Contact Information :

Anna Hendricks, Program Director – Salida: ahendricks@conservationlegacy.org

Jordan Burninghan, Program Director – Durango: jordan@conservationlegacy.org