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2023 Santa Fe National Forest Strike Team Member


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Durango, Colorado

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Position: SCC Four Corners – Santa Fe National Forest Recreation Management Strike Team 

Dates: May 29th – August 11th, 2023 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

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

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

Ages: 18 – 30 

Benefits: $1,374.60 300 hr 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 


Southwest Conservation Corps: 
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 primarily 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). 

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 facility maintenance tasks at developed and dispersed recreation sites and may 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. 


Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 4-days on and 3-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. All crews will go through a 5-day (unpaid) volunteer orientation (May 29th – June 2nd, 2023). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. 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
  • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
  • Completion of an acceptable check of the 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, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
  • Ask clarifying questions when you do not understand a task
  • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working 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 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.



Any questions can be sent to:  

Kristen Hencke, SCC Four Corners Adult Program Manager: 

Lane Tomassini, SCC Four Corners Adult 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, 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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