Start Date: September 5, 2022
End Date: December 23, 2022 -OR- March 10, 2023 -OR- May 5, 2023
Status: 450-hour (roughly 4 months), 900-hour (roughly 6 months), or 1200-hour (roughly 9 months) AmeriCorps Service Terms
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Benefits: AmeriCorps Segal Education Award; Paid training; Food budget while on project; Employee Assistance Program
*Available crew models vary for each end date*
Fall Crew Availability –
General Field Crews:
CCNM’s Field Crew program engages motivated young adults, ages 18-30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout New Mexico and western Texas. With both camping crews and non-camping day work crews, there are a variety of crews to choose from.
Crew Leader Development Program Crews:
This crew is focused on connecting young 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 participants with a variety of training focused on hard skills as well as leadership through peer leadership activities to prepare members for leadership roles within the conservation corps setting. Upon completion of the leadership development program, members are encouraged to apply to be assistant crew leaders, crew leaders or youth conservation corps mentors.
Veterans Fire Corps Crews:
The crew is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate high standards, compassion, excellent judgment, effective communication skills, initiative, and the desire to devote themselves (at least seasonally) to working alongside other military veterans, ages 21-35 years old, in an environmental setting. The crew will work together and maintain a flexible, positive, and professional attitude. The program engages participants in a cohort environment in which a team of recent-era military veterans work together to train and complete natural resource management projects, specifically related to fire fuels management and fuels reduction using chainsaws. This crew assists recent-era veterans transition from military to civilian careers. Participants must be a military veteran, provide a copy of a valid DD-214, or relevant discharge paperwork, and be able to pass a USFS Pack Test at the “arduous” level (3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes).
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:
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.
Generally, crews work an 8-day, 10-hours/day ‘hitch’ schedule, while camping in front and backcountry settings. Typically, members will have 6 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.
Responsibilities of an CCNM Crew Member:
Members can expect to work long days and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Workdays will contain strenuous labor in remote settings and all weather conditions.
While serving a term of National Service, CCNM crews are expected to work in diverse team settings. Respect for all members of the program, our partners, the public and the land they are visiting is expected.
CCNM expects all members to represent the program in a professional manner at all times. Crew life will include our corps values of challenge, stewardship, dedication, community, integrity and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible and complete all functions of the tasks assigned, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.
Members will be responsible for working under our Environmental Ethics:
What We Provide:
CCNM is an independent, non-residential program. All members and staff are responsible for finding housing while not on project.
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