Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students for the summer of 2018 in New England and Alaska.

National Conservation Crews consist of two leaders and a crew of 6-8 high school volunteers, ages 15-19.  Crews live and work in spectacular National and State parks, forests & preserves across the United States.  Two leaders camp with their crew in frontcountry or backcountry sites and work to complete conservation projects in trail building & maintenance or invasive species control.  Typical programs are 2 to 5 weeks in length, starting at the beginning of June and going through the end of August.

Program Dates:  June – August (exact dates dependent on program)

Mandatory Paid Training Dates:  June 11th- June 21st , WA (travel, lodging, and food covered)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Follow all SCA policies & procedures as required for the position
  • Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
  • Complete pre-program duties on and off program site
  • 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 24hr/day, 7 days/week for program length
  • Train & supervise crew members in safe and proper tool use
  • Organize and lead recreational and educational outings for the crew
  • Complete required pre and post program reporting and documentation


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • Must possess current medical certification (Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness First Aid 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 skills
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw).  May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.
  • 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
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Compensation: Salary $600/week, paid training; also includes travel to/from the worksite, group gear, and food

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] Online applications and references checks to follow a job offer

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.
For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org

About The Student Conservation Association

SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.