Job Opportunities

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Leader

Are you looking for a summer job that doesn’t have you stuck inside all day? Do you enjoy spending time in nature or working with your hands? Are you looking to grow your skills as a leader and provide mentorship to young people who care about the environment? Join us for a summer you won’t forget! If you are interested in an environmental career, this is a great way to get started.

  • Position: Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Leader
  • Position Type: Full-Time, Temporary position
  • Location: Tijeras, New Mexico
  • Start Date: May 29, 2024
  • End Date: August 10, 2024
  • Wages: $18-$20/hour
  • Schedule: 36 hours per week (8 hours/day Monday – Thursday; plus half day Fridays)
  • Age Requirement: Must be 21-25 years old to apply.

Summary of YCC Program

Funded by the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Commission, Talking Talons Youth Leadership is hiring a YCC crew for summer 2024.

The YCC program employs young New Mexicans to gain hands-on, entry level experience in the environmental conservation field. Throughout the summer season, the crew will work together to complete meaningful work that benefits their community by improving public lands and recreation sites.

Talking Talons Youth Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a 30-year history of delivering quality environmental education and youth development programs in central New Mexico. True to our mission of empowering the next generation of leaders in the age of climate change, part of the YCC crew’s work time will be spent engaging in diverse training opportunities to gain personal, professional and leadership skills.

The YCC crew consists of 6 Crew Members and 1 Crew Lead. ALL WORK TAKES PLACE IN OR NEAR TIJERAS NM.


  • Directly supervise a team to perform service work with pride and determination on all projects.
  • Provide on-the-job training and coaching to members to develop project-related skills.
  • Lead and/or participate in daily check-ins, educational training sessions, and group discussions.
  • Maintain a safe work environment to ensure both physical and mental well-being.
  • Hold crew accountable to work standards set forth by project partners and TTYL staff.
  • Foster and maintain a positive and professional attitude in among the crew
  • Demonstrate respect for the natural environment and community resources.
  • Inform TTYL staff and partners of important crew developments; attend meetings/debriefs.
  • Safely transport crew to/from project sites in an TTYL vehicle.
  • Review and approve member time cards.
  • Prepare detailed, accurate weekly reports (with support from the Assistant Crew Leader).


  • Must be 21-25 years old at time of hire.
  • Valid, insurable driver’s license (without major citations).
  • US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident.
  • Able to complete entire length of service term (May 29 – August 10 2024).
  • Experience and/or interest working with youth ages 16 – 25 in a leadership capacity.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to write accurate, thorough correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to receive and convey detailed information through oral communication and follow instructions accurately and effectively.
  • Preferred: Previous experience working on a youth conservation crew will be prioritized.


All who are interested are encouraged to apply! The preferred method to apply is to send an email to In your email, please include: 

  • Subject line reading: TTYL Crew Leader Applicant.
  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in and qualifies for the position.
  • A resume or summary of previous work experience.
  • A phone number where you can be reached.

You can still apply if you do not have easy access to a computer. If you have any questions about the position or need assistance with your application, you may reach Jared Moyers, the YCC Program Director at Thank you for your interest. 


Talking Talons Youth Leadership is an equal-opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.