Student Conservation Association (SCA)

South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team Project Leader

Posted: December 20, 2019
Location: South Texas
Time Commitment: Program Dates: 4/13/2020 - 5/23/2021


This position starts with an SCA Project Leader training. Additionally, crew members will receive training through SCA that the leader will also attend. The entire crew will also be trained by USFWS staff on species identification and treatment techniques, GPS use, GIS data entry, herbicide application, and environmental safety awareness. On-site training may also include chainsaw use, plant propagation, and germination techniques. Food and housing will be provided during training and throughout the duration of this program. A travel stipend and on-site transportation are also available.

This Project 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

Job Responsibilites

The South Texas Refuge Complex Team Project Leader will work with five crew members (ages 18+) on US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands in the southernmost areas of Texas for 52 weeks.

The South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team will focus primarily on mapping and treating invasive species across almost 10,000 acres. This important work will reduce the risk of wildfire and improve habitat for migratory birds. The leader of this team can expect to work regularly in an extremely hot and humid environment on labor-intensive projects. Herbicide application is a major part of this position.

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
  • 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
  • A desire to take on strenuous work in a harsh environment – and motivate a team of people to do the same!

Salary and Benefits

$600/week total salary (training included), plus benefits

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, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.


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