Hispanic/Latinx Crew Leader Development Program Crewmember

  • Full-Time
  • Las Cruces
  • Application deadline: 2021-12-01

Conservation Corps New Mexico

This crew is focused on connecting young Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicanx adults (ages 18-30) aspiring to develop leadership skills with conservation service work projects on public lands. The goal of the leadership development program is to provide a safe space for members to participate in a variety of training and work focusing on building technical skills and leadership skills. Upon completion of the leadership development program, members are encouraged to apply to be assistant crew leaders and crew leaders. To be eligible for this crew applicants must identify as Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Chicano, Chicana, or Chicanx.

Program Summary

Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM):

Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. CCNM crews are based in Las Cruces, NM and project work will take place on public lands in New Mexico and western Texas.

Field Crew Project Work

CCNM AmeriCorps members serve a term of National Service in New Mexico and parts of western Texas on professionally supervised crews as they explore a variety of opportunities for careers in the outdoors, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Members are provided opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional staff within Conservation Legacy, while gaining career perspectives working alongside agency staff from the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or Municipal, State and Non-profit organizations that work on our nation’s public and tribal lands. CCNM Crews will become proficient in environmental stewardship practices, general worksite safety, Leave No Trace principles and outdoor living skills. Most crews receive First Aid trainings.

Project work may vary due to seasonality and environmental safety concerns. Projects that crews typically work on may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species management, including pesticide application
  • Habitation restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Land Management Inventory and Mapping
  • Fire fuels reduction
  • National Disaster Relief
  • Community Service
  • Recreation and facilities maintenance and construction

Training

Most AmeriCorps terms will begin with an orientation: crew members who attend the full orientation will receive training on First Aid (typically Wilderness First Aid), Leave No Trace, Outdoor Living, Crew Culture and Diversity, and goal setting. Informal hands-on training will continue throughout the term with on- the- ground skills training.

Depending on the project needs, crews may receive specialized training in herbicide handling, crosscut saw, chainsaw, dry stone masonry or rigging.

Schedule

Generally, crews work an 8-day, 10-hours/day ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, members will have 5 days off in the town of the home base office. Drive time to and from the work site from the home base office is typically included in the hitch schedule. Applicants should expect the project schedule and type of work to vary.

Workdays will start with a Job Hazard Analysis safety meeting followed by a 15-minute warm-up exercise and a 15-minute stretch. Days will include two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch.

Please apply here.

To apply for this job please visit corpsnm.org.