Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to complete 10 months of service to public lands across New York State (NYS). Applicants must be 18-25 years of age (up to 29 for veterans) and have NYS affiliation (lived in, worked in, or went to school in NYS).

Program Dates: (March 5th – December 14th)

Opportunities: Based on the needs identified by partners, ECC members will be divided in to the following crews.

Mixed Stewardship

These crews will work on a diversity of projects which may include invasive species removal, trail construction and/or improvement, including installing water bars, check steps, bog bridging, and bridge construction, erosion control, basic carpentry projects, chainsaw projects, culvert assessments, and GPS/GIS resource mapping.


Infrastructure and Sustainability

This crew will be focused on projects that help improve the infrastructure of buildings and lands while also improving sustainability. Projects may include weatherization, historic preservation, improving energy efficiency by installing lighting retrofits and solar panels, basic carpentry, and masonry work.


Surveying and Assessment

This crew will be focused on surveying for invasive species or habitat types, assessing culverts using North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) guidelines, GPS/GIS resource mapping, and other related projects.


Environmental Outreach & Education

This crew will be focused on doing education and outreach for each agency. The team may be broken down into smaller crews of 2-4 if needed. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the crew will be doing weekly programing at campgrounds, environmental education centers, or nature centers. The projects for this team may include interpretive trail building and design, outreach at fairs and festivals, creating educational videos, and conducting interpretive education programming.


ECC members will also plan and facilitate volunteer service projects that will introduce over 1,000 volunteers to natural resource management, trail repair and maintenance, habitat restoration, and general conservation stewardship efforts.

Trainings Offered: Members will receive extensive trainings and certifications that will help prepare them to safely and successfully complete assigned projects. Some of the trainings will include:

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • CPR Certification
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Basic Rigging / Grip Hoist operation
  • Extensive Trail Construction and Maintenance Skills
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training
  • Leave No Trace (Trainer)
  • OSHA 10 Construction Certification
  • Disaster Response

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and have lived or attended school in New York State. The age for Veterans is extended to age 28. Also, veterans do not need to have New York affiliation. All applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Members receive biweekly living stipend of $360 and are provided with food and housing for the duration of the program.

How to Apply:

1.) Click on the links above, and then go to Apply Now at the bottom of each page.

2.) Create a mySCA application – fill out to the best of your ability.

3.) Contact us at [email protected] in order to ask to waive the $25 application fee.

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

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