Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands is a program of Conservation Legacy. Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands, is focused on connecting Native American youth, young adults, and Post-9/11 military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. The program promotes professional and personal growth, experiential learning, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship while incorporating the guiding principles of community, dedication, challenge, integrity and fun. Programs across the region empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.
Interns will serve in pairs and will work with the US Forest Service, completing meaningful conservation work on the Nebraska National Forest by building off of the intern’s knowledge and experience. A key component of the project work will be for the interns to engage the local Native American community and assist in building connections between the community and the forest. As part of the community engagement, interns will plan and implement a Youth Play/Learn/Serve (PLS) activity that engages at least 20 local youth. Examples of PLS activities are a youth hiking club, volunteer service day, or educational program at the US Forest Service site. Other responsibilities include: providing important outreach to surrounding Native American communities, participating in an initial orientation and training, connecting with a Native American mentor from the US Forest Service or other land management agency, and participating in a closing workshop that focuses on exploring the development of an Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps (ALCC) program in the local community.