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Santa Fe National Forest Outdoor Recreation Management Crew Member


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701 Camino del Rio, Ste 101 Durango, Colorado

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Position: SCC Four Corners – Santa Fe National Forest Recreation Management Crew Member 

Dates: May 30, 2022 – September 30, 2022

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

Location: Based out of Durango, CO. Project work will be in The Santa Fe National Forest, NM. 

Stipend: $450/week 

Ages: 18 – 30 

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certificate, experience in outdoor recreation management and visitor contact, food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, and other development opportunities. 

AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,417 upon successful completion of the season 

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 it 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.   


Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting is required. 


About the Position 

The Santa Fe Outdoor Recreation Management Crew is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2 Members, the idea behind it being they will be a more mobile crew that can move around the forest easier to respond to unique projects. Crews will work at developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, day use areas, picnic areas, trailheads, and dispersed recreation areas across the Santa Fe National Forest. Crews will perform light to moderate construction including signs, kiosks, deck repair work, roofing, etc. Crews will assist in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance tasks at developed and dispersed recreation sites and complete trail projects on non-motorized trails.


Crews work primarily in front country locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on and 6 days off. 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 Members 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.


About Santa Fe National Forest: 

The Santa Fe National Forest in the Southwestern Region has 1.5 million acres of mountains, valleys and mesas, ranging from 5,000 to 13,000 feet high. The Santa Fe National Forest is divided into Ranger Districts with offices at Coyote, Cuba, Jemez Springs, Pecos, Las Vegas, and Espanola. Neighboring forests include the Carson NF, and the Cibola NF.


Recreational and cultural experiences branch out in all directions, and you don’t have to go far to find the ruins and petroglyphs from ancient Indian civilizations and incredible scenic features as you travel through colorful volcanic formations, deep river gorges, and beautiful pine, fir, spruce and aspen forests. The urban populations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other communities rely heavily on the Forest for recreational activities, including cross country skiing, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, floating the Rio Chama day and overnight trips, and hunting. Rural residents use the forest more often for family-oriented gatherings, cattle ranching, firewood cutting, and collecting piñon nuts and herbs.


The cultural influence, art, and architecture from the Native American pueblos and Spanish American villages of northern New Mexico are unique to this part of the nation and world.


Required Skills & Experience 


  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
  • You must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. for up to 5 miles a day at elevations ranging from 7,000’ to 13,000’ 
  • US citizen that has received, or on track to receive, a high school diploma or GED 
  • Complete and clear a National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check 


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. 


Participant and Expedition Behavior 

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of any kind 
  • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times 

Risk Management and Judgement 

  • Effectively follow direction by others in order to successfully manage hazards 
  • Ask clarifying questions when you do not understand a task 
  • Maintain focus during a workday while traveling and working in varied weather conditions 
  • Participants must be able to maintain proper dosage of prescription medications without assistance  

Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project 
  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

Substance Free 

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 


**After reading the entire position description select “Apply” below to enter the application portal.** 


Any questions can be sent to:  

Lane Tomassini, Program Coordinator: 

Kristen Hencke, Program Coordinator: 


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.


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