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Restoration Crew Member Seasonal

Rio Grande Return is hiring seasonals for our Restoration Crew for the summer of 2024!  This is an exciting opportunity to participate in our low tech, process-based restoration work in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed and beyond. The position will run from mid-June until September, with potential opportunities extending later into the fall. Crews perform a variety of jobs, including construction of upland and in-stream restoration structures, chainsaw operation, willow planting, and ecological monitoring.  Project locations range across watersheds in Northern New Mexico. Crews work four, 10 hour days a week, camping on the project site Mon-Thurs. Seasonal housing is not provided and crew members will need reliable transportation. Compensation is $21 – $28 per hour depending on experience and vehicle mileage will be reimbursed. We are seeking individuals who find their purpose in working hard to improve our land and water resources.  The ideal applicant will be eager to learn and comfortable camping and working in remote field locations.  Other desired qualifications include:

  • Experience working in the outdoors
  • Experience with hand tools, chainsaws, and/or heavy equipment
  • Education or past work experience in a natural resource field, particularly low-tech, process-based restoration.
  • Knowledge of botany, hydrology, geomorphology

Please contact Reid Whittlesey at  and include a resume or summary of relevant experience and a brief statement explaining why you are interested in this position!