Philadelphia, PA

SCA's Philadelphia Community Crew has helped hundreds of young people connect with our outdoor spaces and make a difference

SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2012 we launched our programming in Camden, New Jersey. We run both summer and school year programs from our main office located inside the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, visitors center. Since that first year, hundreds of youth in the Philadelphia region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Philadelphia and the City of Camden, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Philadelphia young people each year.

Program Overview:

The SCA Greater Philadelphia Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Philadelphia Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, with some evening and weekend participation during the school year. Members serve at sites in and around the Philadelphia area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects.  

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • 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.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Philadelphia and Camden, email or phone: 215-756-2279.


Young people in Philadelphia are engaged in improving our treasured outdoor spaces through SCA's community crews

You can make a difference this summer while getting paid!

Here’s your chance to be part of a program that promotes youth leadership, conservation ethics and fun! The Student Conservation Association is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization which encourages and supports youth in hand-on service to the environment.

SCA’s Summer Conservation Community Crew Program will serve the Greater Philadelphia and Camden areas.

As a member of the Summer Conservation Crew Program you will:

  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills while working with 6 to 12 other high school students
  • Complete trail maintenance and Community park restoration projects
  • Learn about your local environment through field trips led by your Crew Leader
  • Explore green jobs and career opportunities that exist in your area
  • Plan and go on a recreational trip where you will learn outdoor skills and participate in activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking, and camping
  • Earn money
  • Work outdoors, Monday-Friday (up to 35hrs per week)
  • Transportation for youth will be provided daily to worksites
  • Work gear will also be provided to all students in the program

To Qualify:

  • Must be at least 15 before July 1st, 2015 and enrolled in high school
  • Eager to learn
  • Willing to try new outdoor activities
  • Live in the Philadelphia, PA and/or Camden NJ area
  • Have a positive attitude



Questions contact the office: 215-756-2279 or

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