YCC Crew Member - High School Job Opportunity

Apply today! 5 positions available!

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? Do you work well as part of a small team? 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 Member

Position Type:                  Part-Time, Temporary position

Location:                            Near Tijeras, New Mexico

Start Date:                        May 29, 2023 (the week after APS school ends)

End Date:                           July 27,2023 (the week before APS school starts)

Wages:                               $15/hour

Schedule:                           32 hours per week (8 hours/day Monday – Thursday)

Age Requirement:           Must be at least 16 years old at the time of hire. High school students welcome!

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 2023.

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 5 Crew Members, 1 Crew Lead, and 1 Assistant Crew Lead. Crew Members do not need to have previous work experience to apply.



·        Perform service work with pride and determination on all projects as part of a team.

·        Actively participate in daily check-ins and educational training sessions.

·        Maintain a safe work environment to ensure both physical and mental well-being.

·        Comply with work standards set forth by project partners and Crew Leaders.

·        Maintain a positive and professional attitude.

·        Be willing to reflect on your experience and share feedback in a group setting.

·        Respect the natural environment and community resources.

·        Complete and approve timecards for yourself. 



All who are interested are encouraged to apply! You do not need to have any previous work experience to be considered. Rather, we will prioritize applicants who are interested in growing leadership skills and who are excited about working in the Sandia Mountains to protect and improve our public lands.

The preferred method to apply is to send an email to sstimson@talkingtalons.org. In your email, please include: 

·        Subject line reading: TTYL Crew Member Applicant.

·        A short letter describing why you are interested in the position.

·        A summary of previous work experience, if any.

·        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 Shelby Stimson, the Executive Director at (505)-604-0098 or sstimson@talkingtalons.org. 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.