Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), Americas #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire students for the programs.

Program Dates: January 23, 2023- September 8, 2023 

Location: The host site for the Veteran Conservation Crew (VCC) is Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro, MD. The VCC works regularly in the Southern Maryland Regional Complex which includes Calvert Cliffs State Park, Cedarville State Forest, Chapel Point State Park, Chapman State Park, Hallowing Point Waterfront Recreation Area, and Rosary Ville State Park, and Smallwood State Park.

Host Site Address:
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact: 443-510-9920


The Veterans Conservation Corps is comprised of U.S. Military Veterans receiving training, certifications, and work experience allowing them to competitively pursue conservation and natural resource management careers. The VCCs work in Maryland State Parks uses veterans unique background, diverse job skills, and service ethics to address pressing conservation needs on public lands. The focus of the VCC is to develop veterans professionally through training and on-the-job experience within the Maryland Park Service and the Department of Natural Resources. Through hands-on conservation work and environmental service, the VCC enhances public lands for the enjoyment of all, while contributing to the expansion of each Corps members personal and career development.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Maryland Veterans Conservation Corps Leader is responsible for the on-site and administrative management of the crew through conservation and community service projects on public lands. The leader will oversee a crew consisting of 4 veterans. The Leader spearheads project planning and execution and monitors progress toward completion. Projects may include but are not limited to trail building and maintenance, facilities improvement, recreation management, volunteer coordination, habitat restoration, stream surveys, invasive special removal, hazardous tree removal and tree planting, and carpentry projects for park and visitor use.

The Leader is also responsible for managing crew dynamics and conducting performance evaluations to ensure a communicative, professional, and effective working and learning experience for VCC members. The leader will be responsible for assisting with the following functions: payroll forms, weekly reports, personnel reports, monthly calendar schedules, quarterly reports, tool inventory, and vehicle forms. This position serves as the primary liaison between the VCC and the Managing Partners.

*Travel around the state will be necessary for projects and training. There will be mandatory overnight trips for up to a week at a time.

Tagged as: Full Time, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Leader Qualifications:

Post 9/11 Military Veteran with honorable discharge.

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

Must be able to attend Crew Leader training:

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

Required Skills:

Specifically, the Crew Leader will:

Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating team work, 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

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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