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We're getting started for the 2015 Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) in New Mexico!

Click here for more information about becoming a trainer of the YCC crew this summer.

Click here for more information on the YCC program and the application to join the crew this summer.

Trainer - Youth Conservation Corps-Valles Caldera National Preserve

From April 6, 2015 until October 15, 2015, WildEarth Guardians is organizing a Youth Conservation Corps watershed restoration program in New Mexico.  The Project will take place in the Jemez Mountains on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and in the Santa Fe National Forest.  WildEarth Guardians’ YCC program is funded by the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission, the USDA Forest Service, and private sources. The 2015 program will be operated out of Santa Fe, NM. 

WildEarth Guardians is seeking qualified individuals to work as Crew Trainers for the 2015 Youth Conservation Corps program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a crew of 8-10 youth working on natural resource management projects on Federal and National Forest system lands in New Mexico
  • Coordinate with Forest Service staff to develop weekly work and education session plans for the crew
  • Assist in the orientation of corps members in leadership, team building, project orientation, work safety, and good work habits
  • Provide corps members with on-the-ground training and education, by example and instruction, displaying proper work ethics, appropriate work behavior and safe work practices, including training, monitoring and harassment prevention
  • Prepare reports, evaluations, and other required paperwork in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Coordinate with the Forest Guild and Forest Service professional personnel to provide appropriate vocational and educational opportunities for each corps member
  • Seek prior permission from WildEarth Guardians supervisor for any and all work absences.
  • Compliance with and enforcement of all WildEarth Guardians, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Forest Service rules and policies


  • Experience supervising a diverse group of young people in a field-based work environment
  • Ability to perform strenuous work outdoors, for long hours, in rough country and summer conditions which may include heat and inclement weather
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and schedule training and work projects to meet guidelines and goals
  • Ability and willingness to lead young people by example
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and without close supervision
  • Knowledge of best practices in natural resources conservation and management
  • Age Requirement 18-25  (and must be 25 or younger on October 15, 2015)
  • Possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a defensive driving course
  • Ability to drive a variety of different sized vehicles
  • Familiar with Valles Caldera National Preserve, Forest Service, and WildEarth Guardians Rules and policies
  • Ability to use a computer to prepare and file reports
  • Preference will be given to applicants with prior YCC experience.


  • Hourly wage of $13.00 per hour. Pay increases available based on funding and performance.
  • Workers Compensation insurance is provided during the employment period.
  • No other benefits are included.


  • Forty hours per week from April 6 through October 15, 2015. Work schedule and timeline may vary due to natural causes, funding, and access to work location.

Deadline for application is March 10, 2015. Mail a letter of interest, current resume including education background, and three work-related references to:

Jim Matison
WildEarth Guardians
516 Alto St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Or via email at:

Crew member - Youth Conservation Corps-Valles Caldera National Preserve


From April 6, 2015  until approx. October 15, 2015, WildEarth Guardians is organizing a forest management Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program in New Mexico.  WildEarth Guardians YCC program strives to provide employment and job training for youth interested in a natural resource management career.  The program is a combination of training conducted in field and classroom settings and field work at various sites within the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP).  The WildEarth Guardians YCC program is funded by the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission.

WildEarth Guardians invites residents of communities in and around Jemez, Cuba, Los Alamos/White Rock, Tesuque Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Espanola or Santa Fe, between the ages of 18 and 25 to apply for the YCC program.  Applicants must be unemployed at the time of application and a New Mexico resident.  WildEarth Guardians will select 10 crew members (ages 17-25, and 25 or younger on October 15, 2015).  Preference will be given to applicants with prior YCC experience.

The WildEarth Guardians YCC program includes training opportunities throughout the work period in the areas of Fisheries, Forestry, Hydrology, Wildlife Biology and Rangeland sciences. Work projects may include sawyer work, including tree felling, removing livestock fencing and replacement with wildlife friendly fencing, seed collection, restoration planting, and other restoration ecology tasks. Participants will also be provided Forest Workers Certification Training, Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance, Certification in sawyer felling, and First Aid/ CPR .

All crew members will be required to be available on the jobsite Monday through Friday, April 6, 2015 through approx. October 15, 2015.  Work schedule may vary due to natural conditions, funding, and access to worksite.

Crew members will return home each night from the work location. The following equipment must be provided by the corps member:

  • Solid work boots – Preferably Steel Toe
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Long pants
  • Daily lunch


  • Hourly wage of $11.00 with an opportunity of a pay increase based on performance
  • Training in Restoration Ecology skills that are relevant to a variety of careers
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Forest Workers Certification Training
  • Chainsaw Certification
  • Sawyer Felling Certification
  • The ability to work as a team to improve the health and utility of New Mexico’s public lands

You can get more information by contacting the following people:

You may obtain an application here.
Applications must be received by WildEarth Guardians no later than March 10, 2015.

Applications may be submitted via email at
Or sent via US Mail to:
WildEarth Guardians
Attn: Jim Matison
516 Alto Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Between March 11 and March 13, 2015, all applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be selected for interviews. Interviews will take place between March 15- March 18, 2015. Interviews will be conducted between. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the program. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by phone on the week of March 23, 2015.


At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, interning with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.


Jesse Tremaine photo small"Interns at Guardians get valuable experience while working on current environmental issues. The satisfaction that comes from watching your work contribute to forward-thinking solutions vaults the internship ahead of any academic experience- hands down."  - Jesse Tremaine, Legal Intern Summer 2010

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