Stories from the Field

If you’re one of the thousands of youth looking for a summer job, you may be in luck.
At the recent White House Summer Jobs Summit, President Obama called on businesses, nonprofits and government to join in creating nearly 180,000 youth summer employment opportunities including jobs, internships and career training positions.
SCA President Dale Penny was at the White House, the only invited rep

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student of color and you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity, then look no further than the National Park Service Academy. The Academy is a joint program between SCA and the National Park Service designed to introduce diverse students from across the country to career opportunities with the National Parks.

The season of giving is upon us and, with it, the opportunity to celebrate all those who give of themselves to preserve and extend our rich natural and cultural heritage. This, of course, includes the young women and men of SCA, the generous patrons who support them, and the resource managers who guide them.

As 2011 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the top stories that caught your attention this year. They range from tagging alligators in the Bayou to confessions of a park ranger on the Washington mall! But regardless of location, one thing all the stories have in common is the passion our SCA members have for protecting and preserving the land and our national treasures.

Written by Leah Duran, SCA ’09, ’10 alum, and sent to SCA in early 2011. Leah was a 2010 Follow Me blogger and a recent addition to the SCA alumni council.Dear SCA, Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to work in beautiful places with amazing people. Thank you for the chance to learn about and practice creating community and taking care of the earth.

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the latter was founded in 1993. Each year, thousands of SCA members serve America’s public lands in collaboration with AmeriCorps.

Written by guest blogger Monica Patel ‘11. Monica is a two-time SCA intern who’s worked on developing wilderness stewardship plans in four different US parks and refuges. Monica’s story was first featured in the Fall 2011 Green Way newsletter.
As 2011 comes to end, I look back at a year of travel, challenges and learning opportunities in wilderness stewardship.

Jeff Chen, SCA alumni council co-chair, was featured on NBC Nightly News last week for helping America clean up its act.
Jeff co-founded Pick Up America after an idea he got during his SCA internship at Yosemite. As an intern, Jeff was hiking up Half Dome when he saw litter on the trail.

SCA is thrilled to announce the following winners for our 2011 Got Dirt? Photo Contest. These photos inspired us in one way or another to get out and enjoy nature. Thank you to the more than 6,000 entries we received.
Grand Prize winner: Denis Dessoliers, “Morning”It was sprinkling when I was driving up to Clear Lake, Colorado.

Via US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Shelby Lin is a student at Harvard University studying Applied Mathematics with a focus in Environmental Economics. At school she is involved in EnviroEd, a volunteer-run environmental education program, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Women’s Rugby Club.

Written by Brian Doughty and Jennifer Swann, SCA Conservation Corps programs.
As Veterans Day approaches and the nation honors the brave men and women from the past and present who have served in the armed forces, it is fitting that we highlight one of SCA’s newest initiatives—the Veterans Green Corps (VGC).  The ultimate goal of the VGC is to enable former members of the armed services to transi

Written by April Hamblin, SCA ‘11 Yellowstone National Park, as part of the National Park Service Academy.

Written by guest blogger Micah Berman, ‘11 SCA National Crew, while in Alaska. Micah was a high school graduating Senior from New Hampshire during this trip. He is currently a Freshman at the University of Vermont.
As I’m sitting here next to this peaceful lake, way up in the back country of Alaska, I realize that I am at home.

Written by guest blogger Dan Perez (MA Parks ‘07, Acadia and Golden Gate ‘08 and ID AmeriCorps ‘11) and adapted from a speech he gave at the SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Recognition Ceremony in Oct 2011.It wasn’t all that long ago that a rag-tag caravan of fourteen cars pulled into this very parking lot, almost six hours after an early morning departure from Boise.  The license plates (and airline ticket

Gnar crew finished up our time in the Lake Tahoe area and headed north to the Klamath National Forest, but not before having all you can eat sushi. The sushi chefs got more than they could bargain for with 6 trail crew members coming in fresh off hitch. After we nearly put the sushi place out of business we headed off on our journey.

This post is by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Veteran’s Fire Corps, Fall 2011

The first week began with James departing for Texas on a fire assignment. It was a great opportunity for him to work closely with a local fire crew and experience the incident command system found on fire assignments.

This post is written by SCA Conservation Corps members of the Veterans Fire Corps in ArizonaWhat follows is the tale of six inspiring individuals, dedicated to a life of service, who share a connection to the land and have made a commitment to the people who live there.

The SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps, an organization focusing on sustainable economic development in the towns along the Great Allegheny Passage supported by the Trail Town Program and the Student Conservation Association, rides the GAP each year to experience the journey that brings people from across the region, the country, and even the world to bicycle in the Laurel Highlands.Check out their gre

Do you care about the future of youth conservation services?Then help protect and expand them.Call, write, and email your Congressman today and ask them to co-sponsor The Youth Corps Act of 2011 (H.R.

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