Alaska Regional High School Crew Leader

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire a team of Alaskan youth in the summer of 2017.

Alaskan Regional High School Crews consist of two leaders and a crew of 6-8 youth (aged 15-19) from across Alaska.  Crews live and work in parks, forests, and refuges across Alaska.  Leaders camp with their crews in frontcountry or backcountry sites and work to complete conservation projects.  Typical programs are four weeks in length and run from June through August.

Teams will live and work together for the month-long program and have the opportunity to build a small community.  Crew leaders are an integral part of the success of our teams, and they will be expected to strive for proactive communication, create a culture of growth, and professionally represent themselves and SCA.  The Crew Leader position is filled with a diversity of tasks and responsibilities and offers a great opportunity to highly motivated candidates who are looking for an engaging and challenging atmosphere.

Program Dates:  June – August (exact dates to be determined)

Mandatory Training Dates:  May 24th – 31st, 2017

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager Functions

  • Lead and Manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
  • Facilitate field team operations:  food planning, tools & equipment, and vehicles
  • Actively handle any behavioral and crew dynamic issues as they arise, in coordination with Program Staff
  • Manage all medical and first aid aspects
  • Supervise a crew 24 hrs/day, 7days/week for the duration of the program
  • Organize and lead recreational and educational outings for the crew

Technical Advisor Functions

  • Manage the quality & technique of the work performed
  • Manage tools and equipment assigned to the team, including maintenance throughout the season
  • Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative Functions

  • Manage relationship with agency partner
  • Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
  • Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator Functions

  • Complete pre-program duties on and off site
  • Complete required program reporting and documentation
  • Assist Program Staff in budget management and reconciliation
  • Ensure compliance with all SCA policies & procedures
  • Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Must possess medical certification (Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness First Aid certification preferred) & CPR by the start date of training
  • Documented experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18)
  • Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment
  • Experience with outdoor living skills.  Can include: camping (two weeks or more), hiking, safety awareness, leave no trace, camping, basic map & compass skills
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw).  May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more and hike 5 or more miles
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Experience in Alaskan environment preferred
  • Experience working with Alaska Native youth preferred

Compensation: Competitive rates that include travel to/from the worksite, group gear, and food

To Apply:  Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile; complete the basic, leader, and final application sections when prompted.  Once your application is complete please email [email protected] with “Alaska Regional HS Crew Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application. 

For questions, please contact Jacquie Braden, Alaska Program Manager, [email protected] or 907-771-8491.

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Program Type
National Crew Leader
SCA Alaska