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San Luis valley Youth Program Crew Leader - SCC Los Valles - 2023


Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

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Alamosa, Colorado

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Title: San Luis Valley Youth Program Crew Leader 

Reports to: Youth Program Manager

Locations: Alamosa County, Costilla County, Conejos County, or Saguache County with travel to Salida, CO in April/May for training

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt

Start/end date:

Youth Program: Start date May 22 – end date August 18; option to continue into the fall season

Wages: $690-800 / week DOE 

Benefits: 1 week off between sessions in July for Youth Program Leaders, plus 4 additional days of flexible paid time off. Medical benefits option available. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS-recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, Cross-cut training, Restorative Justice Training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, QPR training, & other development opportunities

Multiple positions opened until filled. 

Southwest Conservation Corps: 

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to Engage future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. The SCC Los Valles office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, who continue to survive and thrive on these lands today. The SCC LV office is in Salida Colorado with satellite operations in Alamosa CO. SCC LV serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles. The SCC Los Valles Adult Program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 - 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species mitigation, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, 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.  
Position Summary: 

Position Summary: 

The Crew Leader at SCC Los Valles is responsible for overseeing a crew of 8: crews consists of 6 members, 1 Crew Leader in Development (CLDP), and the crew leader. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Youth program crews serve youth ages 14-18 and run on a standard schedule of Monday-Friday, with 5 days on, and 2 days (Sat/Sun) off.  On-hitch, crews camps 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 Leaders will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing technical conservation projects while instilling interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Crew leaders will also be responsible for leading crews in environmental stewardship, risk management, trauma-informed care, and restorative justice.


At SCC Los Valles, we hold that social equity and environmental justice are the responsibility of all. In your application in Question 35, please speak to how your interests and strengths lend themselves to leading 2 – 3 of the following crews:

  • San Luis Valley Youth Crew: Summer crews for teens ages 14-18 who are local residents of the San Luis Valley. Teens do conservation projects within their respective counties. Counties include Rio Grand & Mineral, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, and Saguache. Youth crews are on a M-F 5-2 schedule. Alamosa and Costilla County crew are day crews and leaders are required to have a Basic FA/CPR to lead these crews. Saguache and Conejos are camping crews, leaders are required to have a WFR to lead these crews. These crews serve predominantly Indigenous and Xicanx communities. Spanish-speaking leaders and those with experience working in Indigenous and Xicanx communities preferred. 

Additional Crew Leader Leader Opportunities include: 

  • Alamosa Adult crew – Crew for systems-involved young adults ages 18-24 in the San Luis Valley with a focus on career pathways with a variety of green jobs. This crew serves a predominately Indigenous and Xicanx communities. Spanish speaking leaders strongly preferred.

Required Skills

Responsibilities & Core Competencies: 

 Leadership & Mentorship 

  • Embody equity, ensure inclusion, and embrace diversity (equity, inclusion, and diversity) within the corps.This includes but is not limited to:
    • Lead and participate in Land Acknowledgements that recognize Indigenous communities who have historically and continue to steward the Los Valles region.
    • Employ a restorative justice approach to disciplinary incidents
    • Facilitate culturally relevant and respectful environmental education
    • Employ a trauma-informed approach to building crew dynamics
    • Be accountable to ensuring the SCC Los Valles community centers Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Women of Color (QTBIPOC), and Opportunity Youth
  • Foster 21st century work skills in corps members, i.e.: collaboration & teamwork, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility & adaptability
  • Model strong communication and conflict transformation skills
  • Mentor Crew Leader in Development (CLDP) in their growth in leadership, facilitation, and supervisory skills.


Project Management & Implementation 

  • Instruct, train & motivate a crew to complete high quality technical conservation projects
  • Implement a 10-hour workday and ensure professionalism is maintained at camp
  • Delegate project work & camp chores
  • Effectively coordinate logistics with project partners, co-leader, & SCC staff 


Risk Management 

  • Analyze, manage, and inform on hazardous conditions and crew health
  • Exhibit strong situational awareness at worksite and campsite  
  • Transport crew and equipment safely in SCC’s vans and large SUVs with trailers 


Administrative Skills 

  • Meet all deadlines for documentation, i.e., timesheets, evaluations, incident reports, etc
  • Record all project related outcomes and deliverables 
  • Manage food budget and credit card for purchases, providing receipts for all purchases


Required Experience


  • Outdoor leadership experience with youth and/or young adults
  • Physically fit and able to work 40hr work weeks 
  • Must hold current Wilderness First Responder +CPR or ability to acquire prior to starting 
  • Must be 21 with a clean driving record and a current driver’s license
  • Experience supervising a team or managing a classroom, or leading a crew
  • For leading crews with a chainsaw component (Leaders of Color, Women’s+, Fire Mitigation, and Veterans Fire crews): must hold a current S-212, and have the ability to test out at a B-level in chainsaw during crew leader training season.


Essential Functions: 

  • Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk and listen. 
  • Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, and to reach with hands and arms. 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus. 
  • Required to drive an SCC vehicle 
  • Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 


Conservation Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

To Apply: 

For SCC Los Valles, equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans, Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply through our website. For inquiries, contact Pamela Cisneros, SCC Los Valles Youth Manager at


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