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

This year the Northwest Youth Program successfully piloted a youth conservation crew program based in South Snohomish County, Washington. This crew was designed to provide teenagers from the South Snohomish region with a conservation-based service experience within their own neighborhoods.

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Infusions of grant money and youthful energy are once again helping Mount Rainier National Park shape up this summer.
A grant from the National Park Foundation is helping pay for three teams of teenagers recruited by the Student Conservation Association’s Base to Base Camp program from Seattle and Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM). Each team, consisting of eight high school students and two crew leaders, will spend 15 days working on trail maintenance projects throughout the park.

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(Seattle, Washington) October 29, 2014 – The Student Conservation Association (SCA) has received $80,000 in NOAA Community-based Marine Debris Removal funds from the National Marine Fisheries Service, a unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Trail Crew Internship

Starts May 31, 2016 • Bighorn National Forest, Sheridan, WY

Bighorn National Forest wilderness and frontcountry trail crew opportunity.

Environmental Education Intern (BACKFILL)

Starts March 21, 2016 • New River, bandon, OR

Come to Oregon as an Environmental Education Intern

Seattle - Local Candidate Hiring Pool

Starts May 22, 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!

FWS Vegetation Mapping Interns

Starts June 6, 2016 • Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Rupert, ID

Upland Vegetation Mapping Intern on the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge

Park Accessibility Intern

Starts May 23, 2016 • North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, WA

Park Accessibility Intern needed to help North Cascades National Park improve access to visitor facilities.

GIS Intern ( May 16th- Nov. 13th backfill)

Starts May 2, 2016 • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Crow Agency, MT

This position will provide GIS support to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument staff to support park management. Backfill dates are 5/2/16 through 10/30/16.