Student Conservation Association seeks trail maintenance and construction supervisors

From the Student Conservation Association

November 24, 2010


The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers is seeking 2 experienced, quality oriented outdoor leaders to supervise a team of five interns responsible for completing trail maintenance and construction projects on the Pacific Crest Trail throughout Southern California.  Working in partnership with Pacific Crest Trail Association, this team will work along the spectacular PCT corridor possibly making stops in the Cleveland NF, Anza Borrego State Park, Angeles NF, Mt. San Jacinto State Park.  Projects will be in both front country and back country settings. The Trail teams will be made up of one project leader and 4 or 5 team members. This is a full-time, seasonal position.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles, 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 trail 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 trail construction 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
Previous chainsaw experience preferred but not required

Program Dates: Position runs January 10th – May 13th, 2011, with possible extension to December 2011 if Leader completes the first program in excellent standing.  Corps member dates are February 8th through May 3rd 2011.

Compensation: Salary range $500-$545 per week, paid biweekly.  Full medical benefits option for project leaders rehired for a 2nd season.

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

If you are having technical difficulties, please email with Trails 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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