Student Conservation Association (SCA)

2021 California Trail Corps Project Leader

Posted: April 06, 2021
Time Commitment: April – October


The Student Conservation Association seeks applicants to mentor and inspire young adults for conservation Corps Teams across the US. Project leaders supervise a crew of 3-5 members aged 18 to 30. Corps Teams work with multiple state and federal partners in both front and back country settings. Work projects are a mix of trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, and fuels reduction for wildfire management. Project leaders coordinate with agency partners to plan and implement projects, and with SCA staff to manage crew safety, performance, and logistics in the field. Typically, work hitches involve living and working with the crew for the duration of the season.

Potential projects could include:

  • Trail maintenance or construction projects on front country or backcountry trails
  • Erosion control, water damage repair
  • Fuels reduction/mitigation
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Fence construction or repair
  • Invasive species monitoring and/or removal
  • Restoration of OHV routes

Potential Project Partners and Locations (Please note- placements will be determined by matching leader candidate skills with project needs)

2021 Western Roving Trail Corps
Member dates: 5/23 – 8/14
Crew size: 4 members, I PL
Description: This is a traveling team. The team will be assigned to a trail project on either the Wallowa-Whitman NF in WA or a trail project with the BLM in the Central Coast of CA near Monterey (I hope to lock down which one this week) for 8 weeks after training and then transition on to Yellowstone National Park for a backcountry trail project for 4 weeks. WFR and solid trail skills are preferred.

Shasta Trinity National Forest Crews: WFR is preferred.

2021 South Fork Fire Recovery and Trails Team
Member dates: 5/23 – 8/14
Crew size: 3 members, 1 PL
Description: The team will be looking to restore trails damaged from a massive wildfire. The crew will be mostly working on backcountry trails and will get crosscut certified to help log out the trails.

2021 Yolla-Bolly Fire Recovery and Trails Team
Member dates: 5/23 – 7/24
Crew size: 6 members, 2 PLs
Description: This team will also be working on trails damaged by wildfire. The forest service got a special permit for the team to use chainsaws on the Yollo Bolly Wilderness. We’ll be putting the members through an S-212 saw training before they hit the field.

Red Salmon Fire Recovery Team
Member dates: 5/23 – 8/14
3 members, 1 PL
Description: This is a trail crew that will be working on backcountry trails. This team will get crosscut certs and will be spending most of their time in the backcountry.

Sequoia Forest Trail Team
Member dates: 5/23 – 9/11
Crew size: 3 members, 1 PL
Description: This just got approved, so I don’t have much information. Basically, this will be a backcountry trail crew that will get crosscut saw certs when they arrive at Sequoia National Forest. I don’t think that the Forest Service has lined out their project work yet, but I want to put the crew through a full work skills training before they head out to the site.

Snow Mountain Wilderness Trail Corps
Member dates: 5/23 – 9/4
Crew size: 5 members, 1 PL
Description: The team will restore twenty-five miles of hiking and riding trails within the Snow Mountain Wilderness on the Mendocino National Forest (MNF), in this deferred maintenance project under the Great American Outdoors Act. The team will consist of one Project Leader and five team members. The team will work for a period of 13 weeks, starting on or about May 23, 2021, following about two weeks of advance training.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with youth or young adults, managing group dynamics, teaching or environmental education
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred (e.g. trail maintenance, chainsaw)
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Must have a current Wilderness Medical Training (WFR, WAFA, or WFA) and CPR certification by start of training
  • Ability to implement and enforce SCA COVID policies and procedures
  • Comfort working and living in remote settings without access to internet or cell phone service
  • Must be able to virtually attend a Project Leader Training in April 2021
  • 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 required
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Current chainsaw or crosscut saw certification is a plus.

Desired Qualifications


Salary and Benefits

$700-$800 per week (depending on project placement and experience), paid training, and travel reimbursement to/from Project Site up to $650-$1,000 depending on location

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 [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.


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