Embark on the role of a Summer 2024 Western Trail Corps Project Leader, taking charge of and mentoring a team of young adults as they begin their conservation journey. Leading 4 -10 day work hitches, you’ll be at the helm of diverse hands-on projects in remote locations throughout the American West. From clearing trail corridors and logging out trails to installing rock structures and rebuilding trails damaged by wildfires, this rugged experience unfolds amidst stunning landscapes, ranging from 8,000 ft. mountain passes to alpine lakes and sequoia-filled terrains. This opportunity is perfect for those ready to embrace a challenging yet rewarding season, fostering a supportive community while living without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception in front country or backcountry locations. Join us and lead by example, guiding your crew through this transformative journey and making a lasting impact on the trail.

Wilderness First Responder Dates: 4/7/2024 – 4/14/2024

Position Dates: 4/15/2024 – 8/23/2024

Training Dates:  4/15/2023 – 5/12/2024 (paid mandatory training)

Program Dates:  5/13/2023 – 8/17/2024

Location (City and State): Multiple Locations: Please note – placements will be determined by matching leader candidate skills with project needs. Projects placements may include partners like…

Sequoia National Forest (eastern California)
The Modoc National Forest (northern California)
Snow Mountain Wilderness (northern California)
The Pacific Crest Trail (California and Southern Oregon)
And many more…
Primary Responsibilities:

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

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


Valid Drivers License for 3 Years
Ability to legally work in the US
Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: 4/15/2023 - 5/12/2024

Required Skills:

Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching, or environmental education
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills
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.
Ability to obtain Wilderness First Responder Certification by the end of training

Preferred Skills:

Chainsaw Certification (B-Faller)
Crosscut Certification (B-Bucking)

About The Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of
hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults.
Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries,
cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country.
Founded in 1957, the SCA is committed to building the next generation
of conservation leaders dedicated to the lifelong protection of the
environment and our communities.

Application Instructions

Please review details of the position and apply at: https://myjobs.adp.com/scacareers/cx/job-details?reqId=5001013957400

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