The Student Conservation Association (SCA) seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults (ages 18+) on the 2021 USFS Gulf Roving Hurricane Recovery Team.

The Gulf Roving Hurricane Recovery Team will work with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Forest Service in the National Forests in the Gulf states (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL). This highly mobile team, comprised of three members and one leader, will serve for 18 weeks. Crew members will receive two weeks of training before starting work, which includes SCA member training, wilderness medicine training, and chainsaw/trail work skills training.

Hosting Units:
Davy Crockett NF, TX (2 weeks),
Desoto NF, MS (2 weeks),
Calcasieu NF, LA (6 weeks),LA, Catahoula NF (1 week),
Conecuh NF, AL (4 weeks),
Osceola NF, FL (2 weeks)

Crew activities may include any of the following:

Erosion Control – using tools and equipment to solve run-off issues, improve berms, and working wing ditches to avoid pooling of water on trails
Surface Grading – working in cooperation with tractors or trail dozers to improve overall surface grade of trails
Removing vegetation out of trail corridor – utilizing tools and equipment to cut back brush and grass along trails
Cutting and removing downed logs and branches – operating a chainsaw to buck and remove large logs and limbs
Refurbishing signage – painting existing signs, replacing deteriorated signs, and ensuring the signage properly marks the trail route
GPS data collection for map production – utilizing GPS data collection equipment to track trail route in the field
Assistance with trail information in brochures – aiding district staff with write-ups or narratives about the trail, highlighting specific points of interest
Capturing photos for promotional use – actually photographing activities on the trail and ensuring the photos have proper clearance to be used on forest media outlets

Program Dates: Feb 22 – July 24, 2021 (crew members on site March 15 – July 17, 2021). Leader will start season with week of virtual leader training and time on-site before members.

Primary Responsibilities:

Act as a crew leader for three young adults (18+) to inspire and teach crew members, promote healthy group dynamics, and facilitate effective and productive teamwork;
Function as a technical advisor, assisting in training corps members to complete quality work with guidance and direction from the US Forest Service supervisor;
Serve as a partnership representative managing relationships with the agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects;
Perform tasks as a program administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget; and
Work variable hours, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, in varying weather conditions, and under physically demanding circumstances.
Use technical equipment including a chainsaw, backpack sprayer and other hand tools.

Tagged as: Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Experience managing crews of young adults in an outdoor setting and working with environmental organizations or agencies to plan and complete a project;
Experience using a chainsaw
Strong conservation work skills, a great work ethic, and the ability to motivate, inspire, and lead their crew members
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR);
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation;

Required Skills:

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age;
Must have ability to legally work in the US;
Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record (MVR) that meets SCA standards required;
Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards;
Current First-Aid and CPR certification required by the start of the season;
Ability to safely operate a chainsaw and other power tools, two-way radio, and other handheld equipment.
Ability to safely operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on remote, rough, and narrow mountainous roads

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.

Application Instructions

Click Login or Sign Up on SCA website. 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. Important: Once your application is complete, please email [email protected] and Betel Fantahun [email protected] with “USFS Roving Trail Team” in the subject line so we may review your application.

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