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 community programs.

Program Dates: ­ 7/5-8/12

Training Dates: ­June 5-9(Harrisonburg VA) and June 13-17(Bronx NY) (mandatory paid training)

Primary Responsibilities:

As Crew Leader, you will be working to guide and inspire a team of 5 High School students for 25 hours per week. The additional 15 hours per week will be spent planning lessons and activities as well as supporting other SCA programs in the field. As a leader of this Externship program you’ll lead the crew members in conservation stewardship projects in NYC Parks. The projects will consist of trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal and other various stewardship activities. You’ll also lead the crew members in the exploration of conservation/green careers, college preparedness, climate change advocacy and awareness, environmental justice and financial literacy. The content and activities will be sourced from our lessons and modules as well as support from our network of partners.

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

Compensation: $820/week paid training($600/week)

Tagged as: Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Experience working with youth or young adults [15-19), 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 most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of tra

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

To Apply: 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.