Crew Leader Development Program

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Conservation Legacy
Job Overview

Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) Member 

Reports to: Program Director 

Location: Durango, CO or Salida, CO 

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt  

Start/end date: April 1st, 2019 – November 2019 

Wages: Living stipend of $400 a week with a $4,144 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program 

Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniforms, personal protective equipment. Wilderness First Responder and CPR/AED training, U.S. Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training. 5 days of PTO (structured in August) and 5 days of discretionary time. 


Multiple positions opened until filled. 


Southwest Conservation Corps:
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 engages motivated youth and young adults, ages 14 – 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Los Valles regions. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species removal, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects.   


Position Summary: 

The AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP) is a two-phase program.  The first phase focuses on orientation, training and development; The second phase focuses on implementation and continued leadership development. The AmeriCorps CLDP provides young adults the opportunity to develop outdoor conservation and leadership skills; participants will be exposed to a variety of conservation projects, leadership experiences, and service opportunities on public lands and in local communities throughout the Southwest region of Colorado. Multiple CLDP positions available working with high school youth and young adults. Basic program structure will include:  

  • 8-weeks of crew leader training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, staff, and culture, SCC policies and procedures, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front country and backcountry outdoor living, Leave No Trace, Forest Service recognized S-212 Chainsaw training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics and Wilderness Medicine (WFR).   
  • Co-leading adult conservation crews or youth crews. While co-leading, CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and well-being of a 6 – 8 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Crew Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew in the absence of their co-leader. 


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