Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), Americas #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local North West Indiana residents for the Calumet Tree Conservation Corp program.

Program Dates: April 10th -Nov-24th 2023, (8 hrs/ day, 40 hrs/week: Tues-Sat, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM for 36 weeks)

Training Dates: April 10th-14th 2023 8am-3pm (mandatory paid training)

Primary Responsibilities:

Supervise, transport, and mentor a team of four crew members, ages 18-25 for 36 weeks to plant and water 500 trees in the Grand Calumet watershed within the Indiana communities of East Chicago, Hammond, Gary, Whiting, Highland, and Hobart. This crew will perform maintenance on the 3,000+ trees planted throughout these communities since 2017. The Crew Leader will coordinate the daily work of the crew members, ensuring that work is done in a safe, timely, and effective manner. The Leader will also capture project outcomes through photo documentation, data collection, reporting, and evaluations. Leaders must attend trainings to ensure safe and effective tree canopy conservation and basic digital mapping and data collection techniques. The Leader will work closely with SCA and USDA Forest Service staff to recruit, develop, and support volunteers with a goal of increasing the number of individuals engaged in tree canopy stewardship in those communities. Crew members meet at a centralized pick-up/drop-off location (5400 Cline Ave. East Chicago, IN) and are transported to their work site each day by the Crew Leader in a work issued pickup truck.

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 SCAs program directors

Compensation: $20/hr

Tagged as: Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Must be 21 years or older.
Must have valid drivers license for 3+ years and have clean driving record (trailer towing experience a plus!)
Current ability to meet SCAs criminal background check standards, as well as providing proof of vaccination for COVID-19 as well as any booster shots.
Current basic First Aid and CPR certifications, or ability to obtain before program start.
Interest in learning about arboriculture and best tree planting practices.
Able to perform tasks requiring physical exer

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

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