Student Conservation Association (SCA)

2020 Santa Monica Fire Recovery Team Project Leader

Posted: November 18, 2019
Location: Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area
Time Commitment: 2/2/2020 – 4/25/2020


Representing one of the world’s largest Mediterranean-type ecosystems with visitation exceeding 500,000 annually, the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area SMMNRA is one of the most popular outdoor locations in the greater Los Angeles area. However, the 2018 Woolsey Fire burned over 88% of the SMMNRA, including numerous structures, historic sites, and hundreds of miles of trails. To support the SMMNRA’s recovery efforts, SCA will place a team of young adults to help rebuild recreation infrastructure including repairing trail signs, informational kiosks, picnic areas, and split rail fencing. In addition, SCA’s team will clear trails of debris and rocks, repair treads, and remove burned vegetation from trail corridors to allow for safe access. SCA is committed to supporting the NPS effort to restore access to the park for the greater Los Angeles community as quickly as possible.

As Project Leader, you will be responsible for the growth and development of a five-person crew as they complete several conservation projects throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. You will manage member and group safety and development while working on conservation projects, represent SCA on-site, and coordinate with Agency partner on designated projects.

Job Responsibilites

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

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with youth or young adults 18 years of age and older, 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 Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: 1/6/2020 – 2/1/2020
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Salary and Benefits

$600/week total salary, paid training

Application Process

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 with the position of interest listed in the subject line. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.


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