Student Conservation Association (SCA)

SCA Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps Summer Crew Leader

Posted: May 02, 2019
Location: 2019 Summer Program Cities: Philadelphia, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Williamsport, Harrisburg, York, Altoona, St. Marys, Chambersburg, Wellsboro, Renovo, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie and Meadville
Time Commitment: Leader Position Dates: June 27 - August 14 Training Dates: tentatively June 10th – June 20th (mandatory paid training)


The corps works with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to conduct land and resource management activities in the State Park and Forest system. Crew leaders train, supervise and administer crews of 10 members, between the ages of 15 and 18, working on a variety of outdoor conservation projects, including trail maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, facility maintenance and light construction. Leaders coordinate with agency partners to plan and implement projects and work with SCA staff to manage safety, conduct and logistics in the field. Two leaders are assigned to each crew.

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
  • 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 (WFA/WFR preferred)
  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training in Pennsylvania: tentatively June 10th – June 20th
  • 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 program area

Salary and Benefits

$600 per week, with paid leadership and work-skills training

Application Process

Apply online


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