YCC Crew Leader Job Opportunity

Apply Today! Position is open until filled.

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 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, 2023

End Date:                           July 27, 2023

Wages:                               $16-$17/hour

Schedule:                           36 hours per week (8 hours/day Monday – Thursday; plus half day Fridays)

Age Requirement:           Must be 16-25 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 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.  ALL WORK TAKES PLACE IN OR NEAR TIJERAS NM.



·        Assist Crew Leader to 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.

·        Complete and approve timecards for yourself. 

·        Assist Crew Leader to prepare detailed, accurate weekly reports


·        Must be 16-25 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 2023).

·        Experience and/or interest working with youth ages 16 – 25 in a leadership capacity.

·        Experience with building a positive group dynamic.

·        Interest in the environmental or conservation field

·        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 sstimson@talkingtalons.org. In your email, please include: 

·        Subject line reading: TTYL Assistant Crew Leader Applicant.

·        A letter describing why you are interested in and qualified 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 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