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 and Acoma, NM.

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 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. ”

Trail Maintenance Worker

May 2021 - August 2021 Durango, CO
“The work environment was very accepting and we worked on fun projects in southern Colorado and New Mexico”
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