Student Conservation Association seeks Conservation Crew Leaders

From the Student Conservation Association

March 24, 2010


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local high school students for the summer. SCA is America’s #1 Conservation Service Organization.

National Conservation Crews consist of two leaders and a crew of 6-8 high school volunteers, ages 15-19. Crews live and work in more than 100 spectacular national parks, forests & refuges across the United States. Two leaders camp with their crew in front country or backcountry sites and work to complete conservation projects in trail building & maintenance or invasive species control. Typical programs are 21 to 35 days in length, starting the beginning of June through the end of August.

Follow all SCA policies & procedures as required for the position
Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
Manage relationship with agency partner
Facilitate crew operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, work schedule
Manage all medical and first aid aspects
Communicate with full time SCA field staff as required
Supervise crew members on full time basis 24hr/day, 7 days/wk for program length
Train & supervise Crew Members in safe and proper tool use
Organize &lead recreation trip after completion of work project
Complete required post-program reporting and documentation

Required Qualifications:
Be at least 21 years old
Must have ability to legally work in the US
Valid driver’s license
Successful completion of criminal background check & MVR check within SCA guidelines
Must possess current required Wilderness First Aid certification (WFR preferred) & CPR by the start date of the orientation training.
Documented experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18)
Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment
Experience with outdoor living skills. Can include: camping (two weeks or more), hiking, safety awareness, leave no trace, camping, basic map/compass.
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, ie, trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw.
Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more and hike 5 or more miles.

$70-90/day for fixed number of program days; $300 advance given for attending mandatory Crew Leader Orientation & Work Skills (food & lodging provided); $500 travel to training and to each program site; Food & gear provided during program.

To apply, go online to
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SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.
For more information about SCA, visit us at

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