High School Conservation Crew Leaders for Student Conservation Association

From the Student Conservation Association

January 14, 2011

High School Conservation Crew Leaders


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking experienced, quality oriented outdoor leaders to supervise teams of six or eight high school students from across the US. The leaders work in pairs, equally responsible for the daily management and supervision of the crew in either a backcountry or frontcountry site. Each leader will assist their co-leader in managing student and group safety and development, cooking, camp life, and work project management. They will be expected to represent SCA on-site and coordinate with agency partner on designated project(s). These are residential programs, and leaders are expected to remain with the crew for the duration of the program. Program dates vary from two weeks to 35 days long, depending on location. Programs are located nationwide in National Parks and Forests, as well as other conserved lands. These are full-time, seasonal positions.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
• Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
• Oversee crew operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, health & wellness of members
• Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
• Plan for and carry out Environmental Education lessons
• Organize and lead recreation trip after completion of work project (typically backpacking, hiking, canoeing, or sightseeing).

Technical Advisor
• Supervise the skills training & safe tool use of crew members
• Manage the quality & technique of work performed
• Promote leadership development within team

Partnership Representative
• Manage relationship with agency partner
• Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
• Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator
• Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
• Complete required program reporting and documentation
• Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
• Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

• Must be at least 21 years old.
• Must possess a valid driver's license.
• Must be in good physical condition, ability to lift 50+ lbs.
• Must pass a criminal background check and motor vehicle report.
• Experience working with Youth/Young Adult Programming
• Experience teaching or working in an outdoor leadership role - Experience working in an informal or formal educational environment.
• Experience with outdoor living skills, including: hiking, safety awareness, LNT, camping, cooking, basic map/compass skills, etc.
• Experience in conservation service project management, service learning, conservation, or trail/conservation projects and hand tool use. May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.
• Must possess one of the following Medical Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness EMT certification before Crew Leader Orientation.

Program Dates:

Note: New Crew Leaders must attend one session of the Orientation and Conservation Skills trainings.

Training Dates:
May 15 – May 23, 2011
May 26 – June 4, 2011
June 16 – June 25, 2011

High School Crew Dates:
Track 1: June 15th –July 14th
Track 2: July 7th – August 5th
Track 3: July 20th – August 18th
*Please Note:
Leaders can lead multiple crews in one season
Programs can vary in length of service from these specific dates


• Salary based on skills and experience, certifications and number of days in the field with students. Starting salary for a 30-day crew is $2,250.
• $500 travel reimbursement to Crew Leader Orientation & Conservation Skills Training
• $500 travel reimbursement to program location
• Medical coverage, food and group gear provided while on program

To apply: Login or Sign-up at http://www.thesca.org/user - Select Crew/Project Leader when prompted.  Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. 

Once your application is completed, please email your interest to leaders@thesca.org.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to workforce diversity. 

For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org

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