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Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps - Pot Creek Interpretive Individual Placement


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Peñasco, New Mexico

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Title: Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps - Pot Creek Interpretive Individual Placement

Stipend: $400.00/week

Dates: TBD Project has been postponed until further notice due National Forest closures

Term: 12 weeks, 450 hour AmeriCorps service term

Reports To: US Forest Service 

Location: Peñasco, NM 87553

Status: Seasonal, full time

AmeriCorps award: Segal Education Award of $1,678.57 upon successful completion of term.



Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps’ Mission:

It is the mission of the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps to lead our nations back to cultural and ecological well being. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps is specifically designed to engage Native American youth and young adults with offices in Acoma, Albuquerque, Gallup, Zuni, and Hopi. Along with Southwest Conservation Corps office locations in Durango, Four Corners, and Salida. *Ancestral Lands serves local tribal communities in the regions we operate. Applicants must be Native American.



United States Forest Service Mission:

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


The Heritage Resources Program supports the US Forest Service’s mission to care for the land and serve the people through relationship building with partners and public users, sustainable recreation, and active restoration of the National Forests and Grasslands of the Southwest.

The Heritage Resources Program specifically advocates for material cultural resources, ethnographic resources, and areas of Tribal concern on US Forest Service lands, as well as upholds and adheres to laws and directives pertinent to Heritage Resources on federal public lands.


Program Overview:

This internship opportunity with ALCC and USFS funds three Pueblo interns to be present at the Pot Creek Cultural Site, Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District, New Mexico during the peak summer tourism season.  The three interns will consist of one (1) leader, and two (2) members.

The goals of this program include:

  1. Engaging local Tribal youth in ongoing Forest restoration projects;
  2. Providing relevant job skills to Tribal youth;
  3. Providing Tribal youth with exposure to traditional cultural lifeways and material, cultural knowledge;
  4. Cultivating meaningful interactions, points of connection, and mutual benefits between the Carson National Forest and its local Pueblo partners;
  5. Integrating new technologies for natural and cultural resource interpretation.


Essential functions and responsibilities:

The ALCC Pot Creek Interpretive Individual Placement will oversee and implement the following tasks:


  • Interpretation of cultural heritage and archaeology (training provided by Forest archaeologists and Tribal partners).
  • Participation in ongoing Forest restoration work.
  • Execution of routine trails maintenance work and other on-site duties.
  • Training in traditional cultural lifeways (educational sessions conducted by Tribal partners) and northern Rio Grande archaeology (educational sessions conducted by Forest archaeologists).

Required Skills

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma and/or GED certificate
  • Must be between the ages 18-30 years of age
  • Possess communication and leadership skills
  • Have an interest in natural and/or cultural resource management, traditional knowledge, and Pueblo history and prehistory
  • Be able to participate for the summer season up to 40 hours per week

Required Experience

Federally-recognized Tribal membership is required. Tribal members of Taos and/or Picuris Pueblo are preferred but not required.


Apply Now! 

To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 

 Contact Ryan Aguilar at with any questions.

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