DC Tree Inventory & Invasive Species Fall Team Leader

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the DC Tree Inventory & Invasive Species Fall.  

Program Dates: August 23-November 16, 2018

Training: Alumni SCA Leader Preferred (N/A)

Primary Responsibilities:

The first 3 weeks will be spent working with the DC based non-profit Casey Trees. The crew will be surveying trees that Casey Trees has planted for the past 16 years and assess their growth, health and other environmental factors.  Casey Trees will provide an in-person inventory technical training at the start of the program for the team. The fourth week of the program will be spent in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The crew will work to maintain trails and ponds within the park. The next 8 weeks the crew will work in George Washington Memorial Parkway and Wolf Trap doing invasive species management and removal. The team will receive chainsaw certification as a part of the program and use this skill to remove large invasive throughout the park. The crew will be comprised of 5 young adult members and 1 crew leader. Specifically, the leader will:

  • Act as a Crew Manager guiding crew dynamics and facilitating teamwork
  • Function as a Technical Advisor assisting in training corps members to complete   quality work
  • Serve as a Partnership Representative managing relationships with agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US.
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Previously led with SCA or comparable leadership experience
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching in an educational environment a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Must be able to find housing in the Washington, DC metro area

Compensation: $625/week total salary, chainsaw training included

To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and two (2) professional references. Once your application is complete, please email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.


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For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org

Program Type
Community Crew Leader
Washington, DC