Crew members needed for restoration project

We are seeking 1-2 crew members, ages 18-25, to work through July with a team doing habitat restoration and related activities at SWEC’s La Mancha Wetland along the Rio Grande, and at other sites in or near Las Cruces, and at the SWEC office in downtown Las Cruces. This is a part-time, temporary job (32 hours/4 days per week) funded by a NM Youth Conservation Corps grant.

Crew members will receive on the job and classroom training in related skills and topics, such as restoration techniques and principles, bat house construction, beaver habitat construction, BioBlitz techniques, volunteer management, environmental education, and good work practices. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about ecological restoration and wildlife conservation.


  • Remove and dispose of non-native plants such as salt cedar and tumbleweeds using hand tools.
  • Plant native plants, such as cottonwoods, tornillos, and grasses, using hand tools.
  • Construct beaver “starter dens” using hand tools.
  • Create and install materials for public education, including brochures and interpretive signs.
  • Construct and install bat houses, using hand and possibly power tools.
  • Construct and install benches and wildlife viewing blinds using hand tools.
  • Construct and install vehicle barriers using hand tools.
  • Design and install walking trails using hand tools.
  • Organize at least one volunteer work day for the public, including a BioBlitz.


  • Must be between 18 and 25.5 years of age.
  • Must be a New Mexico resident for at least six months before hiring.
  • Must be unemployed at time of hire.
  • Must be willing to work hard, show up on time, and learn new skills.

COMPENSATION: $11.50--$13.35 per hour

To Apply:  Send simple resume to or to SWEC, 275 N. Main, Las Cruces, NM 88001. For more information, call (575) 522-5552.