SCA Northeast

SCA Northeast

Connecticut | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New York | Rhode Island | Vermont

This expansive region is home to more than a half-dozen community conservation programs that provide jobs and career training for urban teens, three large conservation corps that provide community outreach plus support for state parks in partnership with AmeriCorps, and the SCA National Conservation Center, our LEED-certified training and operations facility in Charlestown, NH.

Across the Northeast, you are just as likely to meet an SCA volunteer in a local classroom as on the Appalachian Trail; in a NY DEC research lab as on Cape Cod National Seashore.  As SCA addresses the area’s distinctive environmental needs, among the most urgent is the ecological devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in partnership with the City of New York, recently charged SCA to lead a youth-fueled, multi-year restoration effort in federal and city parklands affected by the storm.  After just a few months, National Park Service officials stated some parks were already in better shape than they were before Sandy.   That’s the sort of impact SCA members make here every day.

Youth served:

  • 766 (2013)


Key initiatives:

  • Hurricane Sandy recovery
  • Community Conservation programs
  • Career Discovery Intern Program


Primary partners:

  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Adirondack Preserve
  • Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
  • City of Boston
  • White Mountain National Forest

News, Stories & Projects

SCA ramped up Earth Day celebrations to new heights this year, marking Earth Day with hands-on conservation service in 14 cities coast to coast and engaging 1,500 volunteers nationwide.

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On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.

Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary War reenactor? This is a no-brainer!”

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Available Internships

Backcountry Steward Internship-Salmon River

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Altmar, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot, canoe, motor boat, or motor vehicle, in the areas assigned to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Interpretation Intern

Starts June 5, 2016 • Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, MA

Present formal and informal interpretation including living history at Minute Man National Historical Park, where the opening battle of the American Revolution is brought to life.

Conservation Hatchery Intern

Starts April 25, 2016 • Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, East Orland, ME

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - Conserving Endangered Maine Atlantic salmon

Conservation Hatchery Intern

Starts June 27, 2016 • Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, East Orland, ME

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - Conserving Maine Endangered Atlantic salmon

Cultural Resource Youth Engagement Intern

Starts April 3, 2016 • National Parks of New York Harbor, Boston, MA

Work with National Parks of New York Harbor to engage students and teachers from the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School - a public school in New York City with a preservation focus and operating in partnership with the NPS

Fish Hatchery Intern

Starts June 27, 2016 • Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, East Orland, ME

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - Conserving Maine Endangered Atlantic salmon

Forest Inventory and Analysis

Starts June 13, 2016 • USFS Northeastern Area State And Private Forestry, Durham, NH

Forestry assistant with the Northern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis

Great Marsh Ecosystem Restoration Internship

Starts April 18, 2016 • Center for Coastal Studies, Boston, MA

Great Marsh Resiliency Project internship opportunity with the Center for Coastal Studies

Raptor Intern

Starts May 16, 2016 • Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Acadia National Park is seeking a person who is passionate about birds and wants to promote the importance of avian conservation with the public. This position offers a blend of public education and resource monitoring to help protect nesting populations

Backcountry Steward Internship-Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Warrensburg, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot and camp overnight in the areas assigned to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Sculpture In Residence Conservation Intern

Starts May 16, 2016 • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Artist residency opportunity as a Sculptor In Residence Intern at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park!

Interpretation & Education Assistant

Starts May 11, 2016 • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Adirondack Museum interns work with a wide variety of visitors to help them discover the region’s rich cultural and natural history through programs, tours, and outdoor activities.

Natural Resource Instructor

Starts June 6, 2016 • Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, Montpelier, VT

Are you interested in wildlife conservation, working outdoors, and educating youth? Jumpstart your career in conservation by working at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

Museum Services Intern

Starts April 4, 2016 • Weir Farm National Historical Site, Wilton, CT

The internship position will implement a critical collections management project to digitize park archives and photographs and develop a database enabling access to these historic materials for the public.

Wildlife Management Intern

Starts May 9, 2016 • Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, NY

Spend the summer on beautiful Fire Island National Seashore, a 32 mile long barrier island off the south shore of Long Island, New York with many aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals who rely on the island as their habitat.

Bird Technician

Starts May 2, 2016 • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Errol, NH

Bird Technician internship in northern NH and northwestern ME

Landscape Technician: New York, NY

Starts April 4, 2016 • THE DAVEY TREE EXPERT COMPANY, New York, NY

This paid internship prepares participants for careers in tree care and ground maintenance with Davey Trees.

Fish Hatchery Intern

Starts April 18, 2016 • Green Lake National Fish Hatchery, Ellsworth, ME

Green Lake National Fish Hatchery - Conserving Maine Endangered Atlantic salmon

Place-based Learning Program Assistant Intern

Starts May 30, 2016 • Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Hyde Park, NY

Help an innovative place-based learning project encourage more K-12 teachers and non-formal educators to use community resources to engage students in the past, present, and future. Varied tasks and projects. Self-starters w/ strong writing skills wanted.

I&M Forestry Technician

Starts May 16, 2016 • Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, ME

Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Forestry Technician internship with US Fish & Wildlife Service in Maine.

Education and Visitor Services Conservation Associate

Starts May 15, 2016 • John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Brookline, MA

Engage new audiences through innovative public programming and special events that bring to life the meanings and stories associated with John F. Kennedy National Historic Site.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Catskill Park Region 3

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, New Paltz, NY

The Catskill Forest Preserve Back-Country Steward Position would be a great opportunity to gain hands on work skills while also experiencing the recreation opportunities of the beautiful Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

Trail Maintenance Adirondacks Team

Starts May 22, 2016 • SCA New York Corps, Long Lake, NY

Deliver Critical Conservation Service to the land at Adirondack Park.

Water Safety Interpreter Intern(Fluent in Spanish)

Starts May 23, 2016 • Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Hancock, NJ

Provide informal interpretation and education on water safety to non English speaking visitors who are using non-guarded beaches on Sandy Hook.
Intern is required to be fluent in Spanish.

Backcountry Trail Intern

Starts May 21, 2016 • Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Garland, ME

Join the Maine Trail Crew and work and live in some of the wildest places left in the Eastern United States.

Curatorial Fellow Intern

Starts May 9, 2016 • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Join the Curatorial staff at New Hampshire’s only National Park. Develop skills in collections management. Assist staff and mentor junior interns with various duties, including annual reports, cataloging, exhibit preparation and museum housekeeping.

Backcountry Steward - Central Adirondack Forest Preserve

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Indian Lake, NY

In this internship you will patrol the frontcountry by motor vehicle and access the backcountry by foot to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward - Central Adirondack Forest Preserve

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Northville, NY

In this internship you will patrol the backcountry by foot to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward - Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Newcomb, NY

Access the backcountry by foot, canoe, and bicycle and camp overnight to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward - Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Warrensburg, NY

In this position you will access the backcountry by foot and camp overnight in the areas assigned to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward Intern - Independence River Wild Forest

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Lowville, NY

In this internship you will access the NW Adirondack backcountry by vehicle, foot, or canoe/kayak and occasionally camp overnight while monitoring public use, impacts to natural resources, and taking inventory/maintaining facilities.

Backcountry Steward Internship-High Peaks 2 (24 week)

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot, or canoe to perform all aspects of trail work to help
protect natural resources. This will require camping overnight in the areas assigned at various times
throughout the season.

Backcountry Steward Internship-High Peaks 3 (24 week)

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot, or canoe to perform all aspects of trail work to help
protect natural resources. This will require camping overnight in the areas assigned at various times
throughout the season.

Backcountry Steward Internship-High Peaks 5 (24 week)

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot, or canoe to perform all aspects of trail work to help protect natural resources. This will require camping overnight in the areas assigned at various times throughout the season.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Lake Ontario Dunes

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Dexter, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot or canoe along the fragile dune system on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. Duties include: educating the public on the importance of the dune system and protection of the natural resources.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Lows Lake

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Potsdam, NY

Backcountry Steward Internship-Lows Lake. In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot or canoe to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Siamese Ponds

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Warrensburg, NY

In this internship you will access the backcountry by foot and camp overnight in the areas assigned to monitor public use and prevent potential impacts to natural resources.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Whitney Wilderness

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Ray Brook, NY

Spend the summer canoeing and talking to campers in order to protect the beautiful waters and setting of the Whitney Wilderness Area.

Backcountry Steward Internship-Catskill Park R4

Starts May 22, 2016 • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Stamford, NY

In this position perform minor trail maintenance activities; educate the public on the proper use of Forest Preserve and provide information on trail conditions and Rules and Regulations in the Catskills.

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

Starts May 31, 2016 • Boston Harbor Islands NRA, Boston, MA

Building community and volunteerism at Boston Harbor Islands

Agriculture Intern

Starts May 21, 2016 • Duke Farms, Hillsboro, NJ

Sustainable Agriculture Internship at Duke Farms- tailored for individuals interested in learning about and exploring careers within the fields of agriculture, natural resources, and interpretation.

Aquatic Ecology Intern

Starts March 28, 2016 • Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA

Your responsibilities will include: using non-motorized watercraft (canoe/kayak) to sample water quality in kettle ponds, (50%); assisting with other aquatic resource monitoring projects, (30%); providing laboratory analysis.

Kettle Pond Vegetation Monitoring Intern

Starts June 12, 2016 • Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA

You will be assisting with kettle pond field surveys to assess conditions at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Natural Resource Management GIS/GPS Intern

Starts May 29, 2016 • Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA

Cape Cod Nat Seashore is seeking a natural resources oriented, skilled, GIS/GPS intern to support natural resource monitoring projects in beach, pond, marsh, and dune habitats.

Shorebird Monitor Intern (South District)

Starts April 11, 2016 • Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA

This SCA will serve as a shorebird monitor, conducting field work to protect state and federally listed ground nesting shorebirds.

Shorebird Intern

Starts May 1, 2016 • Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Shirley, NY

Seeking enthusiastic, hardworking, interns who love wildlife and enjoy working outdoors to help with conducting wildlife surveys, invasive plant work and protecting habitat for wildlife.

Visitor Services Intern

Starts May 15, 2016 • Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Shirley, NY

Seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking, intern who loves nature and enjoys interacting with the public at Long Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Wildlife Management Intern

Starts April 11, 2016 • Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, NY

Spend the summer on beautiful Fire Island National Seashore, a 32 mile long barrier island off the south shore of Long Island, New York with many aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals who rely on the island as their habitat.

Natural Resources Intern

Starts May 21, 2016 • Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

Natural Resource Internship at Duke Farms- tailored for individuals interested in learning about and exploring careers within the field of natural resource management.

Education Intern

Starts May 21, 2016 • Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

Internship at Duke Farms- tailored for individuals interested in learning about and exploring careers within the fields of natural resources and interpretation.

Invasives Species Intern

Starts May 15, 2016 • Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Shirley, NY

Looking for an enthusiastic, hard working, intern who loves nature and enjoys working outdoors to help with invasive plant work, conducting wildlife surveys and protecting important habitats for wildlife.

Moose Project Tech Intern

Starts May 1, 2016 • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Ashland, ME

Moose Intern: Conduct “walk-ins” on adult female moose to determine calving status and monitor calves throughout summer

Visitor Services Interpretation Intern

Starts May 16, 2016 • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH

Interpretation of art and history at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park!

Shorebird Intern

Starts May 22, 2016 • Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Hancock, NJ

Shorebird Intern will assist in maintaining protection signs and fences. Conduct daily observations of breeding shorebirds.

Trail Team Massachusetts Corps

Starts March 6, 2016 • SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, Plainfield, MA

The SCA Massachusetts Corps is based in rustic facilities in the beautiful Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in northwestern Massachusetts. From early May through early August, corps members serve in 5-person crews on conservation lands across the state.

National Wildlife Refuge Intern

Starts February 15, 2016 • Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, Hadley, MA

Work with the FWS, Silvio Conte NFWR on various trail projects and environmental education throughout the Refuge.

Biology/Public Use Intern

Starts June 8, 2016 • Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, VT

Work at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Vermont on biology and public use projects

Invasives and Aquatic Weed Intern

Starts May 9, 2016 • Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex, Sudbury, MA

Aquatic Weed Harvester (boat) Intern with USFWS in Eastern Massachusetts removing invasive plant species from freshwater ecosystem.

Biological Intern (Tern) Preselect

Starts May 9, 2016 • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, MA

Interns will be responsible for monitoring daily productivity from laying to fledging of common and roseate terns; conducting daily observational stints and weather observations; trapping and banding terns; lethal and non-lethal predator management.

Interpretive Intern

Starts May 29, 2016 • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, MA

Interns will be responsible managing the refuge’s visitor center, educating the public on the refuge’s mission, and organizing and working with volunteers.

New York City - Local Candidate Hiring Pool

Starts March 1, 2016 • SCA, New York, NY

Are you from the New York City Area? If so, do you want to make a difference in your own community? SCA has open positions that need a qualified candidate like you!

Visitor Services and Site Operations - Various Locations

Starts March 1, 2016 • SCA, Nationwide, NH

Are you interested in Visitor Services? Willing to travel? Not sure where you would like to serve? SCA has open positions that need a qualified candidate like you!

Forest Technician Intern

Starts May 16, 2016 • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Errol, NH

Forest Technician Intern - Northern NH and northwestern ME

Greenhouse Assistant/Gardener Intern

Starts March 20, 2016 • Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Hyde Park, NY

The selected individual will assist the park gardener in cultivating plants in the green house, caring for them, and ultimately planting them in the formal gardens.