Southwest Conservation Corps

About Southwest Conservation Corps

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. SCC has offices in Durango and Salida, CO.

SCC has broad program offerings including individual intern placements in natural resource positions as well as crew-based conservation service programs for youth (ages 16-18), young adults, (16-25) and post 9-11 era Veterans. SCC programs are rooted in the communities where we serve, addressing local public land issues and working to meet local community needs and interests.


Trail Maintenance Worker

May 2022 - August 2022 Durango, CO
“I liked the schedule, eight days on and six days off. It allows for plenty of time to travel while off-hitch. It is also a nice long stretch to recover after working for a week. though a week of manual labor sounds rough, time flies when you have a good crew to work with.”

Trail Crew

May 2021 - July 2021 Salida, CO
“I enjoyed being in the outdoors with people from diverse backgrounds. In addition, being able to meet those who manage individual parks in the National Parks System and how they are able to outreach to local communities and Tribal nations through research. I really enjoyed learning that Dana from Aztec Ruins has been working with tribal owned nurseries for native plants and knowing the plants put into the soil were grown by the Tribes who still have significant cultural ties to the place. ”
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