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

Idaho | Montana | North Dakota | Oregon | South Dakota | Washington | Wyoming

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.

Locally-developed initiatives addressing area-specific needs include our SCA’s NPS Academy workforce development program with the National Park Service, the SCA-AmeriCorps Salmon-Challis National Forest Training Center, and Base-to-Basecamp initiative for dependents of military families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 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.

View our 2015 Northwest Community Program Flyer

2013 Youth Outcomes:

  • 565 youth served in the Northwest Region
  • 141,548 total hours served
  • $3,211,715 value of service to our public lands

Key initiatives:

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

Primary partners:

  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Yellowstone National Park

Leading supporters:

  • Anonymous Donor
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Norcliffe Foundation
  • Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
  • WYCO Fund

News, Stories & Projects

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day.  This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are coming together to raise awareness around trails and to restore and maintain them.   


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The National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and/or lifetime achievements carried out by national park partners nationwide, everyday. It’s a great honor to SCA’s Community Crew program to be nominated by our long time partner Mount Rainier National Park. 

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This year the Northwest Community program is celebrating 30 years of community programming and conservation service to the Puget Sound area. We’re reaching out to our SCA members throughout our history to reconnect and find out where they’re at today. This conversation is with Jesse Alton, ‘93-‘96 Seattle Community Program alum and crew leader ‘04. 

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144

Available Internships

Restoration Botanist Intern

Starts January 11, 2016 • Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA

Be a part of Olympic National Park’s historic Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Project. The position will support revegetation efforts by working in the park nursery, and monitoring plant regeneration and planting in the restoration sites.

Education Intern

Starts January 4, 2016 • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Coulee Dam, WA

Help grow the park’s education program!

Trails Maintenance Intern

Starts May 15, 2016 • Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wisdom, MT

The Trail Maintenance Intern will work on the Wisdom and Wise River Ranger Districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana, including some work in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Work emphasis is trail maintenance activities.

Environmental Education Intern

Starts April 5, 2016 • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Cheney, WA

Enrich the mind of a child - be an Environmental Educator at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

Public Affairs Intern

Starts January 4, 2016 • Mount Hood National Forest, Sandy, OR

With a neighboring population of 2 million and about 3 million international & US visitors a year the Mt. Hood NF public affairs office is the perfect place to experience a complex government communications office.

Native Plant Propagation Intern

Starts June 5, 2016 • North Cascades National Park, marblemount, WA

This intern will assist in North Cascades National Park in the plant propagation and revegetation program with a focus on youth education, native vegetation propagation and revegetation techniques as well as non-native plant control.