SCA Northwest

SCA is Celebrating 30 years of service in the Northwest

Across Seattle and throughout the Northwest, SCA is building a new generation of conservation leaders and over the past 30 years, has strengthened the region’s youth, communities and environment. Today SCA annually engages more than 150 youth from Seattle and surrounding communities along a carefully crafted continuum of outdoor experiences that convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competitively enter the workforce and practice a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Read more

  • US-Canada Crew Celebration
    North Cascades Nat'l Park, Aug. 23
  • Ft. Worden Crew Celebration
    Fort Worden State Park Sun Aug. 10
  • Seattle Crews Summer Celebration
    Othello Playground - Fri. Aug. 15
  • Edmonds, WA Crew Summer Celebration
    City Park - Thurs. Aug. 14
  • Service – Stewardship – Sustainability
    In Seattle Since 1984
  • Video: SCA in the Northwest

SCA Northwest

Oregon | Washington

The Northwest is the birthplace of SCA and since our first volunteers arrived at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957, the region has remained one of SCA’s most vibrant and vital.

Our SCA Seattle program provides hundreds of under-served city youth with connections to nature and pathways to careers. And the nearby parks and forests – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades – all boast substantial numbers of SCA alumni on their staffs, a testament to the caliber of our members and the commitment of our area partners.

2016 Youth Outcomes:

  • Coming soon

Key initiatives:

  • SCA Seattle Community Program
  • SCA Northwest National Crews
  • SCA Individual Internships
  • SCA Corps Teams
  • SCA Canada-US International Crew

Primary partners:

  • City of Edmonds
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • NatureBridge
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Ochoco National Forest
  • Olympic National Forest
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation

Leading supporters:

  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Hazel Miller Foundation
  • Islands Fund
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Norcliffe Foundation
  • Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
  • WYCO Fund

News, Stories & Projects

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 306 volunteers from across the Seattle region for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Washington Park Arboretum.

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When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start a three month SCA internship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as an assistant to a regional wildlife biologist.

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“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Collections Management and Interpretation Intern

Starts October 31, 2016 • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston, ND

Experience hands-on history and storytelling at Ft. Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Environmental Education Intern

Starts October 24, 2016 • Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, WA

Gain valuable experience while you learn about the natural and cultural history of Mount Rainier, the Pacific Northwest’s iconic mountain, and then share that knowledge with young people through a variety of field-based environmental education programs.

Invasive Plant Management Intern

Starts June 12, 2017 • Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Astoria, OR

Monitor and remove invasive plants in coastal and forest landscapes at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and Washington State Parks.

Public Affairs/Web Interns (Part Time)

Starts November 1, 2016 • NPS Pacific West Regional Office: Seattle, Seattle, WA

The National Park Service is looking for two interns to assist the regional office and Pacific West Region (PWR) NPS parks in developing, porting, and improving content on regional internal and external websites and external park websites.

Natural Resources & GIS Intern - REOPENED, Exact Dates TBD

Starts August 18, 2016 • NAVFAC Northwest, Silverdale, WA

Biologist & Forester: Natural Resources Management Intern in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle - Local Candidate Hiring Pool

Starts September 1, 2016 • SCA, Seattle, WA

Are you from the Seattle 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!