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Long-term Trail Crew Member - Los Valles


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salida, Colorado

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Position: Long-term Trail Conservation Crew Member 

Start/ End dates: 5/29/2023 – 10/27/2023  

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program 

Location: Salida, CO 

Stipend: $600/week ($400/week living stipend + $200/week housing stipend)  

Ages: 18 – 30 

Benefits: $2,626.27 675hr AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. Wilderness First Aid & CPR/AED certification. 


About the Position 

Colorado is known for it’s great outdoors, and the highway providing access is the 39,000 miles of trail all over the state. On Southwest Conservations Corps’ Long term trail crew you will have the opportunity to work on, build, and maintain some of these trail while also learning the basics of recreational conservation. Whether you are new to the outdoors or looking for a chance to give back, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! 


Your crew will consist of  6 to 8 members and 2 leaders. Crews serve and camp for 8 days at a time in either front country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will serve as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environemtnal education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times. 


This crew will spend 6 to 8 weeks during the summer working on the trial reroute on Mt. Shavano alongside our partner Colorado Fourteener's Initiative (CFI). This crew will work on some of the most technical and intense project work this season that will include cutting new tread, timber check steps, and rock retaining features.


Other projects during the fall season may also include habitat improvement, 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. 


Schedules are 8 days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could serve 5 days on and 2 days off during the fall season. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. 


All crews will go through an unpaid, 5 day orientation. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  


Required Skills & Experience 


  • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs 
  • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
  • All offers of service are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and state and federal criminal background checks.  


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 

  • Serve 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 time 


Risk Management and Judgement 

  • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
  • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
  • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and serving in varied weather conditions. 
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 


Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills 

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and 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 program, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.  


SCC Los Valles equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact for inquiries and submit an application on our website. 

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, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager. 

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