Student Conservation Association seeks Restoration Corps Project Leader

From the Student Conservation Association

January 14, 2011

Restoration Corps Project Leader

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers, is seeking experienced, quality oriented outdoor leaders to supervise a team of six interns responsible for completing multiple restoration projects in the Bureau of Land Management’s Ridgecrest Field Office. Work projects may include, but are not limited to: OHV-related restoration, invasive species removal, fence construction/maintenance, and restoration effectiveness monitoring. The work is performed on critical habitat areas of the desert tortoise, wilderness study areas, and wilderness areas to mitigate illegal OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) use. Work projects will require proficiency with a variety of hand tools and will be conducted in an outdoor setting with highly variable weather conditions.
The crews camp primitively while in the field for up to 10 days at a time, and are housed in town for days off. Program duration is 9 months, field staff are employed for 12 months. Project leaders will be responsible for their own housing, living with the crew is not permitted.

There are 4 available positions based out of Ridgecrest, CA.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles, and housing arrangements
Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor
Supervise the work skills training of corps members
Manage the quality & technique of work performed
Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

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

Minimum 21 years of age
1-3 years prior experience supervising young adults in an outdoor wilderness setting
1-2 years previous restoration and/or conservation skills experience
Current Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification
Possess High School diploma, Bachelors degree preferred
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
Excellent communication and leadership skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds
Ability to work in an outdoor environment exposed to the elements for extended periods of time

Program Dates: Position begins July 11st. Corps members arrive Sept. 13th, 2011. Members depart on June 12th, 2012. . This is a 12 month position with potential for continuous employment.

Compensation: Salary range $500-$545 per week, paid biweekly. Full benefit package offered (medical, dental, vision, retirement, generous paid time off).

To apply: Login at - or or Sign-up at

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 with Restoration Corps Project Leader in the subject line.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to workforce diversity. 

For more information about SCA, visit us at

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