Adult Crew Leaders & Crew Leaders in Development Program (CLDP) 

Southwest Conservation Corps
Job Overview

TitleAdult Crew Leaders & Crew Leaders in Development Program (CLDP)
Locations: Durango, CO or Salida, CO 

Position Types: Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader OR AmeriCorps CLDP 

Dates: Start Date: March 30th, 2020. Options to end in August or November 2020
Wages: Crew Leader: $685 / Week 

CLDP: $425  / week + $3,047 – $4,266 AmeriCorps Education award, depending on term of service 

Benefits: U.S. Forest Service Chainsaw and Crosscut Certification, Mental Health First Aid Training, Uniforms, Food while in the field, Wilderness First Responder (CLDP members only), Health Benefit Eligible (CLs only) 


The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC supports youth, adult camping crews (ages 18-30), and Veteran fire crews (ages 18-35) with crew-based programming to complete challenging and impactful conservation projects throughout the Four Corners and Los Valles Regions. Projects include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, 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. SCC crews work in national parks, forests, and other public lands throughout central and southwestern Colorado. 



AAdult Crew Leader or CLDP performs 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 high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative and the desire to devote themselves to working alongside a crew of young adults, ages 18-30, in an environmental setting.  The Crew Leader and CLDP position requires professionalism, patience, mentorship, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.   


Crews consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exception. 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, i.e. Leave No Trace, and risk management. 


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