Indigenous Communities Program
Indigenous Communities Progam (ICP)
Arizona Conservation Corps’ Indigenous Communities Program ( ICP ) model is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal community. The power and impact of AZCC’s Native programming is due to the community investment and support for each program, tribally and locally, combined with a network of operational support from AZCC. ICP programs consist of conservation crews and individual placements/interns. AZCC Native Conservation Crews can be day crews who go home each night, overnight crews who spend a few nights a week camping at the project site, or backcountry crews who strike out and spend most nights in field camping.
Stay tuned for future opportunities. Check out azcorps.org/join to see current available positions.
AZCC Indigenous crew members practicing how to make a splint in their Wilderness First Aid Certification Training. Other certified training could include chainsaw use, outdoor land ethics, and trail operation and management.
Read on to see if your community hosts Indigenous Conservation Corps programming.
SAN CARLOS APACHE
San Carlos Apache Community has been in a conservation partnership with AZCC since 2014. All-Native crews have completed river restoration, Salt Cedar removal/ treatment, and trail restoration work in the community.
Tohono O’odham Nation has been partnering with AZCC in conservation since 2018. TON crews have worked on traditional O’odham lands in partnership with the National Park Service and U. S. Forest Service, completing river restoration, traditional site restoration, resource inventory, fence construction, trail restoration, public education, and visitor interpretation work.
COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
Colorado River Indian Tribes Community has been partnering with AZCC since 2019. CRIT crews have accomplished desert forest restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and river restoration work in the CRIT Community. AZCC Native crews plan to work with CRIT's up-and-coming traditional tree nursery, where Mesquite, Cottonwood, and Willow are raised for CRIT and other tribes to use for traditional and ceremonial purposes.
COCOPAH / QUECHAN
Cocopah has been in a conservation partnership with AZCC since 2018. Cocopah projects completed in-community include river restoration, Salt Cedar removal/ treatment, and Mesquite Bosque restoration/ tree planting work.
SALT RIVER / FT. MCDOWELL
Salt River Akimel O’odham and Ft. McDowell Yavapai Communities have been working with AZCC since 2014, and 2018 respectively. AZCC Native and non-Native crews have completed river restoration and big tree-felling projects within the Salt River Community. AZCC is currently collaborating with both Nations to potentially field a combined SR/FM Native conservation in-community(s) crew in the future.
FLAGSTAFF INTERTRIBAL PROGRAM
Flagstaff Native crews are mostly recruited from western sections of Navajo, from Hopi, and from the Hualapai and Havasupai Communities. In close partnership with the National Park Service, Flagstaff Indigenous crews have completed resource restoration, resource inventory, traditional site inventory/ restoration, trail restoration, and visitor interpretation work at NPS units throughout Northern Arizona. AZCC Native crews and Interns have worked at Grand Canyon for almost a decade.
INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENTS ( Internships )
Native Individual Placement (IP / intern) positions are a great way for individuals to gain valuable and empowering conservation and cultural interpretation experience. IPs can work six-month to one-year terms in a variety of areas such as natural resource stewardship, resource inventory and monitoring, outdoor education, natural history, and Native cultures' interpretation. These positions are an excellent means of working towards full-time work with Grand Canyon National Park/ other Park units, the U.S. Forest Service, and State and County Parks. AZCC FILLS 2-6 INDIGENOUS IP POSITIONS ANNUALLY
AZCC Indigenous crew leader using a McLeod in the Chiricahua Mountains!