As Crew Leader, you will be working with and supporting two SCA interns. This SCA team will support the CHOH maintenance staff with routine daily maintenance activities at the Potomac Maryland shop. Primarily, this project requires the team to remove vegetation from historic stone culverts, locks, flumes, abutments, walls and any other historic stone structure within the park boundaries that the NPS deems the need for vegetation removal. In addition, this crew will assist the NPS staff with the removal of fallen trees in the park and along the tow path. Crew Leader may receive chainsaw certification- dependent upon capacity of NPS staff to host training. Project monitoring and data collection will also be required throughout the season.

Tagged as: Conservation


Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training

Required Skills:

Must be able to attend virtual Crew Leader training: June 7-11, 2021
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
Must have ability to legally work in the US
Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
Must have personal housing arrangements near the worksite

Preferred Skills:

As long as Covid-19 is a threat, leaders are expected to do their part to keep their team safe, this includes being mindful of current regulations, regular cleaning and disinfection of tools/equipment, regular health check-ins with staff, wearing a mask, and following policy and procedures outlined in SCA’s COVID management plan.

About Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

Application Instructions

Go to https://www.thesca.org/chesapeake-ohio-canal-park-%E2%80%93-crew-leader, scroll to the bottom, and click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and two (2) references. Once your application is complete, you MUST email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.

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