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.Read more
Phoenix Field School
The Phoenix Field School is a 16-week education and training program for young adults 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 opportunities 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.
Field School graduates earn SCA certification as Conservation Field Specialists.
Additional trainings offered include:
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org