Ancestral Lands

Ancestral Lands

Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands.  With programs in Acoma Pueblo, Navajo Nation, and most recently Zuni Pueblo; Ancestral Lands crews have being working on projects from historical preservation, traditional agriculture, chainsaw crews, hiking clubs, stream restoration, fencing, trail construction and more.  The Ancestral Lands program also aims to incorporate traditional culture and language as part of crew lifestyle and project work.

Meet some of our Ancestral Lands Corpsmembers here!

Click here for more information about Conservation Legacy's Ancestral Lands programs.

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Ancestral Lands Lakota VISTA position with Nebraska National Forest

Career Institute Internship Positions based in Chadron, Nebraska (Nebraska National Forest) Open until filled



Acoma Crew Member Positions: 

YCC/Farm Corps Crew Member based in Acoma, NM

Acoma Historic Preservation Crew Member based in Acoma, NM


Navajo Crew Member Positions:

Americorp Crew Leader Development program based in Gallup, NM

Glen Canyon Americorp Crew Member based in Gallup, NM


Zuni Crew Member Positions:

Zuni Fall Roving Crew - National Park Service



Navajo Crew Leader Positions:

Ancestral Lands Chainsaw Crew Leader based in Gallup, NM


Contact Chako for Navajo Nation programs:
chako@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-4810
Contact Aaron for Acoma, NM programs:
aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084
Contact Ryan A. for Zuni, NM programs:
raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-0101




“As we concluded our first hitch, we were about 25 times dirtier and 5 times more sore, but we will forever live happily ever after in the land of towering aspens and dust."


•Trail Maintenance & Construction

•Fire Fuels Reduction/Mitigation

•Watershed Restoration

•Desert Restoration

•Mining Reclamation/Restoration

•Tree Planting and Seeding

•Route/Road Closure

•Invasive Species Management

•Fence Construction/Maintenance

•Fire Rehabilitation

•Historic Preservation

•Inventorying and Mapping

•Sustainable/Historic Agriculture

•Weatherization/Energy Efficiency

•Parks/Campground Maintenance

•Disaster Response/Relief


•Water Conservation

Contact Us

Contact Teresa (tditore@conservationlegacy.org) or Ryan (rbrink@conservationlegacy.org) or reach them at 970-259-8607 for Durango programs.

Contact Matt or Greg in our Salida office:  greg@conservationlegacy.org or mbullard@conservationlegcay.org  or give us a call at 719-539-2438 for Salida and the San Luis Valley crew programs.

Contact Chako at chako@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-4810 for  Navajo Nation programs.

Contact Aaron at aaron@conservationlegacy.org or 505-552-4084 for  Acoma, NM programs.

Contact Ryan A. at raguilar@conservationlegacy.org or 505-870-0101 for Zuni, NM Programs.

Contact Lauren VanVilet at lauren@conservationlegacy.org or call 970-259-8607 for Internship Opportunities

Who We Select

SCC seeks applicants who are interested in fully committing to the program, who are willing to overcome any challenges and those who will take advantage of the opportunities, skills and trainings that are offered throughout their term of service. SCC wants those who will benefit from and contribute the most to the program; previous experience is not required for most positions