Conservation Begins Here.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adult members to work as a team in the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia.
Program Dates: June 13 – August 19, 2022
Training Dates: June 6 – 10, 2022 (mandatory paid training)
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 7:30am- 3:30pm. Up to five hours per week of administrative work outside of normal work hours.
Compensation: $725/week total salary during position, plus $725 for week of training
As Crew Leader, you will be working with and supporting a team of four young adult members (18 year of age or older). This young adult crew will work alongside National Park Service (NPS) – George Washington Memorial Parkway staff to eradicate invasive species throughout the parkway. The crew will work to enhance native plant populations by controlling the invasive plants impacting them at the park.
The work will include; identify invasive plants and perform invasive plant treatments through chemical, manual and mechanical methods. Field work varies from standing, walking, and hiking over rough terrain and physical labor such as removing and disposing of vegetation, carrying a four-gallon backpack sprayer and operating manual and mechanical equipment. Collect and organize field data, and maintain integrated pest management records. Leader will also be responsible for completing a final report of work accomplishments.
Specifically, the Crew Leader will:
Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship
Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff
Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. invasive plant identification and removal, 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
Must be comfortable working around and potentially handling chemical treatment (crew will be trained on safe handling and application)
Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
Must be available for all program dates: June 13 – August 19, 2022
Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: June 6 - 10, 2022
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 standar
About Student Conservation Association
Today, 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. Members participate in a variety of capacities and contexts. Beyond national parks, members work on marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in our nation’s urban centers. Members do land management, habitat restoration, trail building, disaster rehabilitation or prevention work, environmental education, public outreach, and more.