Apprentice Crew Leader

Join the Student Conservation Association as an Apprentice Crew Leader!   
In 2010, the Garden Club of America established a scholarship as a tribute to the late Sara “Sally” Shallenberger Brown. A member of the Glenview Garden Club of Louisville, Kentucky since 1939, Mrs. Brown gave many years of active and influential service to environmental issues and conservation organizations on a local, national, and global level.  
 The purpose of the Brown scholarship is to encourage studies and careers in the conservation fields, with the opportunity to protect, enhance and gain knowledge and experience for the lasting benefit of US National Parks. Every year the scholarship funds the field training of one to two SCA Apprentice Crew Leader (ACL) positions working in a unit of the National Park Service. The goal of the scholarship and SCA’s ACL program is to give young adults the technical and interpersonal skills—combined with challenging field experience—to become a leader within the conservation movement. 
Program Overview: 
Crews will consist of 2 Crew Leaders, 1 ACL, and 8 to 10 HS Crew Members.  The ACL will work alongside the Crew Leaders to help with day to day field management of the Crew throughout the project.  Leaders, ACL’s and Members should be flexible, willing to share space with their Crew, and invested in their personal and professional growth. ACL’s should be prepared to camp at front country campsites. Campsite amenities vary and cell/internet service may be limited. The Crew may also stay at SCA or Partner provided housing at some sites. Strong ACL candidates will have a background in outdoor work, exposure to leadership opportunities, and have prior SCA experience.  Having strong conservation work skills is a plus along with a willingness to work hard, excel in a team environment, and are emotionally mature.  ACL work locations are still being determined and candidates will learn about placement location at the time of selection.  
Applications received by February 1st, 2022 will be given priority hiring.  
Program Dates - Training and project work length may vary depending on exact service location  
  • June: Crew Leader Training* 
  • June and July: Project work * 
  • *exact dates TBD 
Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Engage as a crew member to promote healthy group dynamics, and promote effective and productive teamwork; 
  • Mentor HS Crew Members on the Crew; 
  • Assist with project logistics and supervision/motivation of crew members during service projects and recreational trips; 
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of environmental education & team-building activities; 
  • Model appropriate work site practices according to SCA expectations and Leave No Trace principles; 
  • Assist with risk management duties including the completion of the crew Emergency Response Plans, Job Hazard Analyses, and minor incident reporting. 
  • Model risk management protocol including tool safety, equipment use, food handling, and hygiene. 
  • Assist with data and photo collection, program wrap-up, and reporting. 
Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Alum of an SCA Program  
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age; 
  • Have ability to legally work in the US; 
  • Currently enrolled or plan to be enrolled with an institution of higher education 
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards; 
  • Ability to safely perform manual, physical labor for up to 8-10 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more. 
  • Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food 
  • and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection. 
ACL Benefits:  
  • $500/week living allowance* 
  • $650 travel allowance* 
  • Uniform items 
  • Housing/Camping and field-based meals 
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes. 
The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic.  Please review SCA’s COVID-19 Management Plan below to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field.  
SCA COVID-19 Managment Plan 
Program Type
Community Crew Leader