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2024 Four Corners Middle School Service Learning AmeriCorps Crew Leader


Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old)

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Durango, Colorado

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Title: AmeriCorps Youth Service-Learning Crew Leader (Middle School Crews)  

Reports to: Youth Programs Coordinator 

Location:  La Plata County & Montezuma County, CO 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt   

Dates: May 6th – August 9th, 2023  

Wages:$685 weekly = ($485/week living stipend + $200/week housing stipend) + $1,824.07 AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service term 

Benefits: Paid time off between summer sessions; Food provided while in the field, uniforms, protective equipment, access to Mental Health Consultant and Employee Assistance Program.  

Training:QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Mandatory Reporter Training, Trauma Informed Approach Training.  

Housing: SCC-Durango is piloting a Host-Housing program based on need and will be securing a camping location for leaders and CLDPs during the spring season. Options will be reviewed in the interview process. 

*Wilderness Medicine: All SLC AmeriCorps Leaders are provided with Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED Training. Hired leaders can sign up for a course prior to their season at their convenience and will be reimbursed.  
Multiple positions opened. Application closes January 5th, 2024.  


Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy. 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. 


Overview of Service-Learning Crew: The Service-Learning Crew enhances the sense of belonging and connectedness of youth to their communities through meaningful outdoor-based service projects, education, and group recreation activities. Projects vary each day, with crews completing 3-4 hours of conservation service projects each day (planting, weeding, trail work, restoration etc.). The education component of SLC consists of job readiness, leadership skills, life skills training, and environmental education. Participants are 11-13 years old and volunteer their time for this free summer program. Crews consist of 2 leaders and 8 participants, and you will lead 4 different groups – 2 in Montezuma County and 2 in La Plata County.  Each crew runs two weeks at a time, Monday - Thursday, 8am-4:30pm. Fridays are spent de-rigging, checking in with staff and planning educational lessons for the following week. 

This is an entry level position focused on development, we welcome applications from candidates who may not have all the skills listed below. This position provides a week of intensive youth-leader training, a week of prep, and 2 project weeks to prepare for being in the field.  Leaders transition to leading their crews the first week of June and lead for 8 weeks with a 1-week prep week in the middle of the season. This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. Youth leaders will be mentors, educators and facilitators for middle school students, working to increase youth resiliency, build confidence and to be positive role models for their members 

Responsibilities/Required Skills: 

Leadership & Mentorship 

* Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics 

* Promote individual corps member development and a healthy community 

* Must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southwest Conservation Corps.  


  Program Management & Implementation 

* Train, motivate and supervise a crew of 6-8 middle school students to complete conservation projects for 3-4hrs 

* Facilitate educational/recreational activities related to the day’s service project for the second half of the day 

* Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems 

* Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with your Co-Leader, project partners, & SCC staff 

* Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, performance improvement forms, incident reports, and project related deliverables. 

* Manage food budget and credit card for purchases 


Safety & Risk Management 
* Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site 
* Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety 
* Transport crews and equipment safely in SCC’s vans or large SUVs with trailers 



Essential Functions: 

* Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen 

* Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, 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 

* Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English 

* 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 essential functions 

Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications: 

* AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check   

* Leadership experience with youth or experience with experiential and/or environmental education 

* Must hold current medical certification (WFA) with CPR/AED, or receive certification prior to youth season start,  

* Flexibility and adaptability while effectively managing a crew during an 8-hour workday 

* Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions on a variety of conservation projects 

* High School diploma or GED certificate 

* Drivers MUST be over the age of 21 OR have possessed a license for 3 years, and have a clean driving record 


Preferred Qualifications or strong desire to grow in the following: 

* Experience with SCC or other conservation corps or youth corps 

* Experience with experiential and/or environmental education 

* Facilitation, team building and conflict resolution experience  

* Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. 


Other Considerations: 

* Having a vehicle or access to a vehicle is important for this position to transport yourself between your living situation & our work base; The Old Fort Lewis in Hesperus, CO. 

* Ability to live, work and camp in rural Colorado. Weather can be extreme and variable throughout the season  


If you would like to learn more about the position, or need assistance with the application please reach out to: 


Jacob Mandell | Youth Programs Coordinator    

SCC Four Corners - Durango, CO Office 

970-238-6454 | 


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.  

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