Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals looking to get in on the ground floor of a brand new conservation corps program. Building on the partnerships and work which Arizona Conservation Corps has completed in southern New Mexico over the years, Conservation Legacy is launching Conservation Corps New Mexico. CCNM will be based out of Las Cruces, NM, and all project work will take place on public lands in southern New Mexico and western Texas.

Corpsmember Responsibilities:

As an AmeriCorps program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.

Expectations:

CCNM is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. CCNM is an independent, non-residential program. The Corpsmember must supply his/her own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/ work boots, etc. CCNM will provide the tools, protective gear and transportation to projects. Crews work together during the day, eat and camp together in the evening and learn together throughout. Crews work in remote settings inall weather conditions. Depending on the project and location, crews may spend some of their season deep in the backcountry with little or no support.

Project Work:

CCNM works with a variety of land management agencies across New Mexico and Texas, including Gila National Forest, Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Mountain National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Organ Mountains National Monument. Project work will be exceptionally challenging with crews working on backcountry projects in extremely remote locations. The required work will be physically challenging and highly technical. Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fire fuels reduction, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, tamarisk removal, and herbicide applications.

The season will begin with two weeks of orientation and technical skills training in Arizona. After that the typical schedule will consist of a 8 day on/6 day off schedule (Tuesday – Wednesday). The day starts at 7:00 AM with a stretch circle and safety meeting. The day includes two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour break for lunch. The day concludes at 5:30 PM. These crews will be based out of Las Cruces, NM.

Compensation:

Corpsmembers are paid an AmeriCorps living stipend which averages out at $285 per week or $570 biweekly before taxes. Upon completion of the term the Corpsmember will receive an education award of nearly $3,000.00 to be used for education related expenses.

Term Dates:

July 16- November 16, 2018

Required SkillsQualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

About Conservation Corps New Mexico

Exciting, challenging, rewarding—there is no one word to describe participating in a Conservation Corps New Mexico Program. You’ll learn, but it will probably take sweat. You’ll complete great service projects, but it won’t always be easy. You’ll meet some great people, but you won’t always see eye-to-eye. It’s about learning, working hard for the environment and our communities, and giving something back. We’re glad you’re interested in joining us!