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Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps - Pot Creek Interpretive Team Member 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: 06/03/2024- 08/30/2024
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.

Application Deadline April 01, 2023



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 from tribal communities near Pott Creek Cultural site highly encouraged to apply *


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

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. This IP Leadership position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for the day-to-day successes and short-comings of the crew.


This internship opportunity 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.  This intern program lays the groundwork for a long-term partnership between the Carson National Forest and its affiliated Tiwa-speaking Pueblos to co-manage the popular sustainable recreation site on the Camino Real Ranger District.

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.


This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.


Apply Now! 

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

 Contact Shonto Greyeyes at with any questions.

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