Start/End Date: May 2nd, 2021 – October 28th, 2021
Stipend: $614.00/week (+Education Award)
Term: 26 weeks
Reports To: Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Location: Golden, CO 80401
Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,172.50 after successful completion
Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission
It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) operates by focusing on four pillars: stewardship of the Trail, promotion of the Trail, building a strong Trail Community to support the Trail, and building an organization with sound governance to support its efforts. CDTC focuses on these four pillars to generate a broader culture of stewardship and belonging within and amongst the Trail Community. Within the Field Programs Department, we recognize the Trail belongs to the American Public and that we have a responsibility to future generations to responsibly manage the Trail’s resources. CDTC Field Programs serves the Trail through on-the-ground volunteer projects and trainings that ensure the Trail is maintained and its corridor is protected in perpetuity by grassroots efforts and strong community connections. Field Programs recruits, trains, and leads volunteers to build and maintain the CDT.
CDTC Field Instructors will participate in direct coordination with Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, State Land Offices, trail stewardship nonprofits, outdoor retailers, and organizations paving the way for inclusivity in the outdoors. The CDTC Field Instructors are exposed to many of CDTC’s partner organizations and corporations through on-the-ground leadership of stewardship activities and direct communication with public land agency staff. Face-to-face and virtual contact with individuals from diverse backgrounds in the same field will provide many opportunities to network and build an understanding of different career paths surrounding the outdoors.
About Southwest Conservation Corps
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects 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.