Location: Durango, CO (traveling to Santa Fe National Forest in work vehicles)
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Non-exempt
Start/end date: March 28, 2022 – October 21, 2022
Wages: $780 / week
Benefits: Health Benefit Eligible, Experience in outdoor recreation management and visitor contact, Uniforms, Food provided while in the field, U.S. Forest Service recognized Crosscut & Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program), Technical Trails training, Restorative Justice Approach Training, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, and other development opportunities.
The Santa Fe National Forest in the Southwestern Region has 1.5 million acres of mountains, valleys and mesas, ranging from 5,000 to 13,000 feet high. Recreational and cultural experiences branch out in all directions, and you don’t have to go far to find the ruins and petroglyphs from ancient Indian civilizations and incredible scenic features as you travel through colorful volcanic formations, deep river gorges, and beautiful pine, fir, spruce and aspen forests. The urban populations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other communities rely heavily on the Forest for recreational activities, including cross country skiing, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, floating the Rio Chama day and overnight trips, and hunting. Rural residents use the forest more often for family-oriented gatherings, cattle ranching, firewood cutting, and collecting piñon nuts and herbs.
The cultural influence, art, and architecture from the Native American pueblos and Spanish American villages of northern New Mexico are unique to this part of the nation and world.
The Santa Fe Outdoor Recreation Management Crew is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2 Members, the idea behind it being they will be a more mobile crew that can move around the forest easier to respond to unique projects. Crews will work at developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, day use areas, picnic areas, trailheads, and dispersed recreation areas across the Santa Fe National Forest. Crews will perform light to moderate construction including signs, kiosks, deck repair work, roofing, etc. Crews will assist in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance tasks at developed and dispersed recreation sites and complete trail projects on non-motorized trails.
Crew Leaders will lead crews in completing 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.
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.