Northwest-Seattle

Regional and Urban Youth Programs

Since 1984, SCA has been connecting Seattle-area youth with hands-on conservation programs in Seattle and the greater Northwest region. Thanks to numerous public agencies, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to over 150 young people from the Seattle area each year.

“I learned that hard work pays off, because I was tired and worn out, but pushed myself to finish… It made me feel good inside.” — Member Thomas F.

SCA Northwest provides year-round conservation opportunities in and around the Pacific Northwest. With the support of our partners and donors, participants are able to:

  • Build trails and restore habitat on public lands
  • Explore green career opportunities and issues facing the environment
  • Build leadership skills as they work on a team of diverse peers
  • Learn about our local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects
  • Gain necessary skills and experience to enter green and public service career sectors

Programs are divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running June through August). Northwest Regional Programs offer both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends during the school-year and for 15-30 days during the summer, while paid, urban service programs run Monday-Friday during the summer.

School-Year Opportunities: Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps

  • Community service and leadership opportunity for Seattle-area high-school students, aged 15-19
  • Runs from January – May, offers 90 service hours upon completion
  • Commitment is one evening per month, one weekend per month. Each month has a service project and recreational or educational outing. Go hiking, snowshoeing, and more!
  • Program is free to members, and gear is provided
  • Download the flyer to learn more about the Conservation Leadership Corps

Seattle Urban Community Programs

  • 6-week PAID opportunity for Seattle-area high-school students, aged 15-19. No experience necessary
  • Program typically begins in July – August, offers weekly pay at a competitive hourly rate
  • Schedule: 8:30 am -3:30 pm (Monday – Thursday); 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (Fridays)
  • Includes a mandatory 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip (all gear provided!)
  • Perform trail maintenance and habitat restoration in and around the Seattle community, learn about local farms, go hiking, backpacking, and more!
  • Download the application or create an online application

Edmonds Community Program

  • 6-week PAID opportunity for Edmonds high-school students only, aged 15-19. No experience necessary
  • Program typically begins in July – August, offers weekly pay at a competitive hourly rate
    • Schedule: 8:30 am -3:30 pm (Monday – Thursday); 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (Fridays)
    • Includes a mandatory 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip (all gear provided!)
  • Perform trail maintenance and habitat restoration in and around Edmonds, learn about local conservation efforts, go hiking, backpacking, and more!
  • Download the application or create an online application

Northwest Regional Programs:

(Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Forest, NatureBridge-Olympic National Park)

  • Serve 15-35 days in one of Washington’s gems! Build and maintain trails, remove harmful marine debris, restore habitat, study environmental issues, make new friends, and more!
  • Camping-based, both in front and back country locations. No experience necessary, and all gear provided.
  • Eligible for 90 service hours upon completion of the program
  • Washington residents preferred, for high-school aged students, 15-19
  • Download the application or create an online application

SUMMER 2016 PROGRAM IMPACT

  • 205 lives changed 
  • 35,730 hours served in our public lands by members and leaders
  • 31.7 miles of trail built or maintained
  • 2,092 acres of land restored
  • 640 pounds of marine debris removed from Washington’s beaches
  • 1,078 lessons learned in the field
  • 1,040 meals shared together
  • Successful pilot program of an urban farm crew in Seattle, focusing on food access and justice in the Seattle region
  • 2016 also marked our 30th year of running a US-Canada international crew, SCA’s only international venture, partnering with North Cascades National Park and Manning Provinical Park

Proud Partners include: City of Edmonds, NatureBridge, Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Green Seattle Partnership, BC Parks, City of Bainbridge Island, Green Tukwila Partnership, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, San Juan Island National Historic Park, Colville National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and more.

Interested in partnering with the SCA Northwest? Contact Patrick Stephens, Regional Partnership Director, pstephens@thesca.org

TRAININGS OFFERED

  • Resume Building
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.

CONNECT WITH US

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!

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