Student Conservation Association (SCA)

SCA DC Summer Conservation Crew Leader

Posted: May 02, 2019
Location: Washington DC Region
Time Commitment: Training Dates: ­ June 3- June 13 (mandatory paid training) One-Day Site Visit: June 17-21 or June 24-28 (this will be a one-day visit to the park you have been assigned to; selected candidates will be informed of the date in advance) Program Dates: July 1- August 9, 2019 (must be available for the duration of the entire program)


Mentor a crew of 6-10 local high school students either as a solo leader or with a co-leader, to complete much needed conservation service projects. Community Crew Leaders must have strong experience teaching or working with urban youth, be able to maintain a positive work environment and motivate students, and be willing to work outdoors. The crew will be working on projects such as invasive species removal, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and trail construction in various parks across the DC metro area. Project monitoring and data collection will also be required throughout the season.

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 (ages 15-25), 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 First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: June 10-20, 2019
  • 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
  • Must have personal housing arrangements in the Washington DC metro area

Salary and Benefits

$625/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 three (3) 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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