Phoenix Field School

The Phoenix Field School is a 16-week education and training program for youth ages 18-21. The program was created through a partnership of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources (ACYR), and Phoenix College (PC).

The Field School provides an opportunity for youth to gain meaningful, hands-on conservation experience through a variety of field-based projects, trainings, and certifications. The crews work on important conservation projects in Arizona, including trail construction and repair, riparian habitat restoration, biological monitoring, and invasive plant management.  In addition to the field work and trainings, the youth also earn 12 college credits through PC by taking classes in areas related to conservation and career development.

Throughout the 16 weeks, crew members gain the necessary skills and experience to become successful and employable in natural resource careers, while making a substantial contribution to Arizona’s natural and cultural treasures. Students gain networking connections with land agencies including the BLM, USFWS, NPS, and USFS.

Students are primarily based out of Phoenix, but the program includes conservation projects around Arizona which require camping in the field for 4-5 days at a time.

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • SCA Conservation Work Skills Training – Trails
  • Federal Chainsaw Certification – S-212
  • Wildland Firefighting Training – S-130/190

Eligibility Requirements: 

If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, able to pass a background check, have a high school diploma or GED, and are a resident of the City of Phoenix or Maricopa County, you are eligible to apply for this program! If you are interested, please contact Jessica Proehl at

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I was born and raised in Phoenix. I joined the Field School program because I have a strong affinity for nature and plan on making a career in this field.

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I’m Rodney Hunter, Jr. I’m 18 years old. I went to North High School. I’m now a part of the SCA / BLM Field School program. I hope to get more out of the program.

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Greetings and Salutations! My name is Melissa Bridwell. I’m 21 years old and I reside in Tempe, Arizona. Up until a week ago, I had spent the last four years somewhere behind a bar, concocting your coffee and baking your fresh food. Now I find myself writing this from inside the heart of the BLM conference room. Life seems to be evolving rapidly, and I’m wildly excited for all of the adventures.

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My name is Brian Pacheco. I was an intern for the Audubon Arizona for two summers surveying Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Now I am here in the Field School Program with the SCA, gaining more experience about my field of study, conservation biology.

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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.