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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.
What if you could spend your days hiking along a wild coastline through lush old-growth forests and glacier-capped peaks, all while gaining real-world work experience? With The Student Conservation Association, you can!
SCA offers a variety of opportunities to work with other young people who share your passion for the outdoors to accomplish important hands-on conservation projects as a team.
The National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and/or lifetime achievements carried out by national park partners nationwide, everyday. It’s a great honor to SCA’s Community Crew program to be nominated by our long time partner Mount Rainier National Park.
Chukundi Salisbury has arguably walked on more park trails in Seattle than anyone in the last two decades. As Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Trails Coordinator, he has walked most of the 120 miles of trails in Seattle parks — often dozens if not hundreds of times, treading over the same paths season after season.
The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. Volunteers will prune back overgrown vegetation, remove invasive plant species, and re-vegetate areas with native plants.