Idaho Corps

SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program

Created in 2009, the Idaho AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the environmental conservation, natural resource protection, community stewardship, and workforce development needs of the larger community touched by Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program provides five-month internships to 20 individuals serving in the Salmon-Challis National Forest region of central Idaho. Members work with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees on a variety of conservation service projects throughout the area. During their service members gain outdoor leadership experience and multidisciplinary training in a variety of land management facets, which include studying forestry and fuel loads, rangeland management, wildlife management/biology, data collection using Trimble GPS units, and trail work.

Members of the Idaho Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Trail Skills
  • GPS Training
  • Defensive Driver Training
  • Timber Stand Exam Techniques
  • Some members will receive S212 chainsaw training, ATV training, Arc Pad GIS training, etc.

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program increases natural and cultural resource protection in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and adjoining Bureau of Land Management areas containing over 4 million acres in east-central Idaho. Through hands-on conservation service projects and professional trainings, SCA Idaho AmeriCorps members enhance their field skills and career opportunities as well as impact rural Idaho communities through community outreach and volunteer engagement.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.

Members live in communal housing at a remote helibase deep the forest. Most projects are field-based hitches requiring the members to camp out for up to 10 days at a time.

 

Related Posts & Program Information

The trails team was set to do a somewhat different style of work these two weeks. For the first week, we returned to Lola Creek Trail to continue our blitz of opening up as much of the trail as possible. For the second week, rather than work on a single area, we covered three different trails, and each one provided its own unique needs and challenges.

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The fourth hydrology hitch of the summer was led by Jenna Dohman with crew member Sarah Koeber in cooperation with the Forest Service hydrology crew. The week began with a morning of data entry at the S/O in Salmon. During the first week of hitch five streams were surveyed, each of which included extended reaches. The streams that were surveyed were Morgan Creek and Challis Creek. In total samples were taken from five survey sites.

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The SCA SCF Trails team had the chance to successfully lead themselves this hitch with the absence of project leader William Hough. The trails team started at Swagger Lake, completing a mile of trail restoration on an illegal ATV made trail.

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The third hitch of hydro featured crew members: Drew Gilberti and Sarah Koeber. The first week of work was located in the Lemhi area and the second took place near Salmon.

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The hitch two range team, Asher Hudson and Jared Renaud, camped in the town of Leadore to work directly with Leadore District Range. We worked on two projects: building fences at Lemhi Pass National Historic Monument and monitoring fences in the Timber Creek allotment.

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Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.