Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), Americas #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students during the 2023 summer season.

Each National Crew consists of two leaders and a crew of 6 8 high school volunteers, ages 15 19. Crews live and work in spectacular national parks, forests, and historic sites across the United States. Crew leaders camp with their crew in front country or back country sites and lead their teams in completing conservation projects such as trail building and maintenance.

National Crews are typically 3 5 weeks long. This position starts with mandatory SCA Crew Leader training.

Training Dates: June 2023 (dates TBD)

Program Dates: Program dates vary. Programs can take place early July late August.

Compensation and Benefits: $700 per week (paid bi-weekly); paid training; field-based meals; up to $1,000 roundtrip travel stipend.

Primary Responsibilities:

Supervise a crew in the field. Facilitate teamwork, manage field-based tasks and schedules, ensure safe practices, and guide crew dynamics. These responsibilities are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the length of the program.

Foster growth and inspire a group of high school students. Train Crew Members in safe tool use, organize and lead educational trips and lessons, and mentor them to grow personally and as environmental stewards.

Manage a restoration project. Complete a project with your team in the field, plan out team logistics, and work with partners on site.

Carry out administrative tasks. Manage a crew budget, complete program reports and paperwork, communicate with SCA staff, and follow all SCA policies and procedures.

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

Must be authorized to work in the US

Must possess current Wilderness First Aid certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) and CPR by the start date of the orientation training.

Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 15 – 19)

Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment

Experience with outdoor living skills. Can include camping (two weeks or more), hiking, safety awareness, leave no trace, basic map/compass

Experience with conservation work (trails experience a plus) or related outdoor project skills

Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more and hike 5 or more miles per day on uneven terrain

Excellent communication skills needed

Possess a valid drivers license for past three years and Motor Vehicle Record that meets SCA standards required

Ability to meet SCAs criminal background check standards


SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org

Tagged as: Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders

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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