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

Chukundi Salisbury has arguably walked on more park trails in Seattle than anyone in the last two decades. As Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Trails Coordinator, he has walked most of the 120 miles of trails in Seattle parks — often dozens if not hundreds of times, treading over the same paths season after season.
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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

River Ranger Intern

Starts June 5, 2017 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

River Ranger intern in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the Wild and Scenic section of the South Fork of the Flathead River

Trails Maintenance Intern

Starts June 5, 2017 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

The intern will serve on a wilderness trail crew, conduct campsite monitoring and rehabilitation; support trail crew by performing light and heavy maintenance using non-mechanical wilderness trail techniques and primitive tools.

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

Starts April 1, 2017 • Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, WA

Help lead one of the most dynamic volunteer programs in the National Park Service! Mount Rainier’s 1700 volunteers are diverse and dedicated, and we’re committed to engaging them in public service. Due to funding, members must be between 18-35.

Developed Recreation Intern

Starts June 5, 2017 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

As a Developed Recreation Intern, you will assist with the developed recreation program managing both developed and dispersed recreation activities on the district.

Seattle - Local Candidate Hiring Pool

Starts May 21, 2017 • 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!

Forest Inventory Intern - Cle Elum

Starts April 9, 2017 • Pacific Northwest Research Station, Cle Elum, WA

Come explore the Pacific Northwest! If you enjoy physical challenges and are interested in natural resources research, the Forest Inventory and Analysis program can offer you the summer of a lifetime!