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Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator at Southwest Conservation Corps


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701 Camino Del Rio, Suite 101, Durango, CO

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Program Coordinator

(Ecological Monitoring / AIM)


Southwest Conservation Corps


Title: Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator                                  Date: 12/21/2021

Reports to: Ecological Monitoring Program Manager                            

Starting Salary: Grade B, starting at $17.10 per hour, plus some overtime at x1.5/hour

Location: Durango, CO (remote start available)                  

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt        

Benefit Eligible: Health, Vision, Dental, Long-Term Disability, Retirement, Paid Time Off


Program Summary:

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).  


Position Summary: 

Southwest Conservation Corps was awarded a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grant from the Colorado (CO) and New Mexico (NM) BLM State Offices to support small corps teams.  Under this grant, SCC and sub-recipient Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) work collaboratively with BLM personnel to complete vegetative, soil, and stream resource surveys according to the Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology across CO and NM with many BLM Field and District Offices.  At SCC, this cohort of crews and staff is known as the Ecological Monitoring Program.  The continuation of this initiative and this position is funding-dependent.


Essential Responsibilities and Functions:


Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader and Member Placements                                      

  • Collaborate with program management to facilitate an effective strategy to recruit and advertise ~50 crew personnel positions, collaborating with other staff as necessary.
  • Review applications of, interview, select, and onboard Crew Leaders and Members, collaborating with partners and existing Crew Leaders as necessary.
  • Ensure that all open positions are filled in a reasonable amount of time. 
  • Collect, compile, and process all required intake and enrollment materials for Crew Leaders and Members.


Training, Field Support, and Development                       

  • Create and deliver internal orientations and trainings, intentionally aligning with Conservation Legacy’s strategic initiatives. 
  • Visit, assist, and support crews in the field proactively and as needed. 
  • Facilitate opportunities for Crew Leader and Member development. 
  • Attend off-season SCC/Conservation Legacy retreats and operations development events. 
  • Obtain/maintain company-compensated Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Assist in arranging external trainings (such as Wilderness First Aid) for crew personnel as needed. 


Partner Support and Position Development                     

  • Work with BLM State and Field Office staff contacts and other corps to support CO and NM BLM AIM programs. 
  • Facilitate crews’ attendance to technical trainings (provided each year by the BLM), as well as other trainings requested by the BLM.
  • Facilitate consistent field operations and share best practices/learning lessons.


Program Support and Administration                               

  • Supervise and mentor a seasonal cohort of Ecological Monitoring crew personnel.
  • Enforce and monitor appropriate risk management and all SCC Policies and Procedures across the program; review incident reports. 
  • Assist gear cache management.  
  • Assist coordinating start- and end-of-season rig-up, training, and de-rig. 
  • Implement effective and efficient administrative systems for recruitment, enrollment, management, evaluation, exits, reporting, and marketing.  
  • Facilitate the creation of social media material. 
  • Collect and compile information for reports and internal/external news, including but not limited to AmeriCorps and project performance reporting.  
  • Solicit feedback from and collaborate with crews and staff to maintain and improve program operations and quality. 
  • Ensure partner satisfaction and that programs maintain high retention. 


General Administration                               

  • Participate in statewide, regional, and development staff meetings.
  • Support other staff as appropriate. 
  • Abide by Conservation Legacy’s credit cardholder and spending policies, including providing proper, monthly documentation of all purchases and reimbursement requests. 


Regional and Organizational Support                               

  • Participate in SCC’s internal, rotating emergency on-call system. 
  • Maintain productive relationships and interface significantly with other staff regarding administrative details and program items
  • Potentially assist with activities of other programs of SCC, especially Individual Placements.  
  • Assist in the implementation and operations of monitoring programs and projects in other areas of Conservation Legacy as needed and available.  


Other Duties

  • Successfully engage, lead and support an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
  • Lead and/or participate in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plan’s goals.

Physical Requirements:

Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours (15-20%).  Some overtime is available based on supervisor approval. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • College graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with coursework in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field 
  • Understanding of scientific, data, and statistical principles
  • Understanding of vascular plant identification and taxonomy
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities
  • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment
  • Able to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Able to communicate effectively, manage complexity, cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others
  • Able to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms
  • Proficient in phone and email communications
  • Able to keep others in remote locations accountable to expectations
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record
  • Able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements
  • OR some college-level coursework in the above subject area(s) and one full sampling season performing AIM methodology, or highly similar, in a leadership capacity 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Successful completion of 6 months or one term/season/capstone in ecological/environmental fieldwork or a laboratory-based research project with leadership responsibilities
  • Proficient vascular plant identification and taxonomy
  • Demonstrated experience with any of the following: 
  • Recruitment, hiring, training, and/or management 
  • Managing administrative systems or databases 


To Apply: Send cover letter and resume/CV to Cassandra Owen at  Subject line in this email must include “Applicant”.


Please include in your cover letter any information or stories you feel are pertinent and demonstrate your readiness to step into the role.  The cover letter must include a response to the following prompt:  Please provide examples of your experience working effectively with a diversity of communities, including those specific to BIPOC & other underrepresented populations, in personal and/or professional contexts.  


We will begin reviewing applications and reaching out to top candidates for interviews the week of January 10th, 2022.  Interviews will be scheduled to be held between January 26th and February 11th, 2022.


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We as an organization work actively and strategically to promote internal equitability and inclusivity.  We are committed to hiring a diverse breadth of professionals and encourage members of non-dominant 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. 

This position is located at 701 Camino Del Rio, Suite 101, Durango, CO. View the Google Map in full screen.