Student Conservation Association seeks Conservation Corps Project Leaders

From the Student Conservation Association

January 13, 2010


Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire college-aged students in seasonal & year-round positions. SCA is America’s #1 Conservation Service Organization.

Conservation Corps consist of one Project Leader and a team of 2-6 members, ages 18-26, addressing urgent conservation issues. Conservation Corps integrate SCA’s core values of Service Learning, Leadership Development, Environmental Stewardship and Education & Outreach into their conservation service projects. SCA looks for Project Leaders throughout the year to lead member teams in our nation’s forests, parks, preserves, and other spectacular locations in the United States. Program duration can be anywhere from 3 to 12 months, positions available year-round.

Seeking applicants with specific skill sets that correspond to one or more of the following Corps Project Focus Areas:

Fire Ecology: Prior experience with GPS, fire, forestry, geography, GIS, Range Management, and/or related subjects; plant identification; knowledge about fire and/or fire ecology; fire experience S130/190; using mechanical tools; map & compass skills; minimum impact camping skills; enthusiasm for the outdoors and experience working with Native American populations.
Native Plants: Field botany, invasive plant management or related experience, knowledge of native and invasive plant species, herbicide mixture and application, geo-spatial data collection and management, and mechanical tool use/certification.
Restoration: 3 years experience supervising field based projects, ability to lead under adverse conditions, community building and conflict resolution skills, a working knowledge of GPS/GIS, LNT and 4wd preferred. Capable of hiking and using hand tools in extreme conditions. Motivated, enthusiastic self starter a must.
Trails: 2 years experience performing trail maintenance & construction; 1-3 years in a leadership role; chainsaw experience (S212/Game of Logging); experience living and working outdoors exposed to elements for extended period of time; minimum impact camping skills and enthusiasm for the outdoors.

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, vehicles, housing arrangements
Manage all medical and first aid aspects
Communicate with full time SCA field staff as required
Supervise crew members on full time basis during work hitch
Train & supervise Crew Members in safe and proper tool use
Organize & lead recreation trip after completion of work project
Complete required program reporting and documentation

Required Qualifications:
Must be minimum 21 years of age, able to legally work in the US, have a valid driver’s license, qualifying driving record and able to pass SCA background check. High school diploma required, bachelor’s degree preferred. Must have a minimum of two years outdoor leadership experience; budget management and administrative experience; the ability to take initiative; and work both independently and as part of a team.

Most positions are seasonal; salaries generally start at $28,000/year, prorated to program duration. Program travel grant. Food & gear provided while in the field, housing options available.

To apply, go online to
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SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.
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