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

Hitch 6 South Zone Trails
This hitch we completed one turnpike and began another in the southern half of the Salmon-Challis National Forest near Stanley, ID. While out in the woods we experimented with spear-making, sleeping in tarps instead of SCA provided tents, and creating fire with bow drills.

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Hitch 5 South Zone Trails
For Hitch 5 Joe, Brett, Kelly, Stephanie, Dan, Nina and I (John) were assigned to South Zone trails, working at a new location just south of Stanley. We had pretty plush accommodations as far as trails hitches go, staying at the Cape Horn guard station where we had access to a kitchen, shower and bathroom.

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Hitch 5, North Zone Trails

During hitch 5, North Zone Trails consisted of Stevi, Andrea, Kendra, and Jeff. We spent the 10 day hitch working on Sheep Creek trail, a feeder to the Continental Divide Trail. We hiked about 5 miles to where we set up our camp, and from there worked predominantly on improving the tread of the trail.

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Hitch 5 Travel/Vegetation

A small crew of core members Kyle and Eric spent the first week of
this hitch finishing up the BLM Travel Management project.

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Hitch 5 Wildlife
SCA Wildlife was back in action, this time in the Lost River Mountain Range of Idaho. Being the range that is home to Mt. Borah, Idaho’s tallest Mt, it was sure to be a good time. Besides some minor setbacks in the beginning of the hitch, everything went as smooth as possible. Each day started with a mighty helping of quinoa flaked banana nut bread with raspberry preserve.

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