SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program
Created in 2009, the SCA 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 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 who successfully complete the program will be certiﬁed as Conservation Field Technicians by SCA.
Additionally, 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.