Student Conservation Association (SCA)

Potomac River NWR, VA- YCC Crew Leader

Posted: March 13, 2019
Location: Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Time Commitment: Program Dates: 6/16/2019 - 8/24/2019 Training Dates: 6/03/19-6/08/19 (mandatory paid training)


The YCC Crew Leader will be responsible for running the Youth Conservation Corps crew at Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for up to 8 local young men and women (ages 15-18) who work, earn and learn together doing outdoor conservation projects. YCC members complete meaningful projects that require hard work and cooperation. Work projects on the Refuge may include building and improving trails, removing invasive plants, and contributing to wildlife management programs. Enrollees also participate in educational activities. The YCC Crew Leader will lead the crew in their daily activities and be responsible for the administrative requirements for the crew, including reporting time and completing a narrative report of accomplishments. Members work M-F during normal business hours, commuting from home. Leader will have nights and weekends off. Housing is not provided for this position, and as such local leaders are preferred.

Job Responsibilites

  • 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, 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
  • Experience with carpentry preferred
  • 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 First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must be able to attend the Crew Leader training: 6/03/2019-6/13/2019
  • 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
  • Must have personal housing arrangements in the program area

Salary and Benefits

$600/week total salary, paid training

Application Process

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 leaders@thesca.org 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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