Project Leader – Trails

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks quality outdoor leaders to Supervise a team of corps members responsible for trail building and mapping in Alaska. 

Working in the Tongass and Chugach National Forest teams will use traditional trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and hard labor to complete an array of projects.  Typical past projects have included, new trail construction, extensive timber bridge construction, removal of invasive vegetation, fire tower restoration, and trail maintenance.  

Program Dates: May 2nd, 2014– Late August, 2014

Primary Responsibilities:
Crew Manager

  • Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
  • Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles
  • Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor

  • Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
  • Manage the quality & technique of the work performed
  • Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
  • Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative

  • Manage relationship with agency partner
  • Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
  • Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator

  • Assist SCA Program Manager to complete required program reporting and documentation
  • Assist SCA Program Manager in budget management and reconciliation
  • Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures
  • Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Previous fieldwork experience and the knowledge and ability to work in both wilderness and non-wilderness settings
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills, strong work ethic required
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to manage data GIS for resource projects
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Project Leader Orientation (May 2nd - May 8th.)
  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification
  • Experience managing a program budget preferred
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Compensation: $540/week paid biweekly.  Meals, travel and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided for backcountry work projects, some seasonal benefits possible.

To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with “Trails Project Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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Program Type
Project Leader
SCA Alaska