Fall 2021 2021 Pacific West Veteran Fire Corps Project Leader

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire for the Desert Restoration Corps program.  

Fall Season Dates:

Leader Start Date: 8/16/2021

Members Start Date: 9/12/2021

Members End Date: 3/13/2022

Leader End Date: 3/18/2022


Program Location: Multiple Locations in California, the team will be expected to travel for the entirety of the program.

Position Summary:

Responsible for daily management and supervision of a Conservation Corps project in either a backcountry or front-country site with members 18 & older. Manage member and group safety and development while working on conservation projects. Represent SCA on-site and coordinate with Agency partner(s) on designated project(s).


Project Description:


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering with the Pacific West Region of NPS to administer a veteran fire crew in 2022. The crew will focus on prescribed fire and fuels work at various parks in the region. This team of 8 members and 2 leaders will work directly with NPS fire staff participating in prescribed fires, mechanical fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach, preparation of burn units as well as pre-suppression and suppression readiness tasks. SCA and NPS will provide your training in the following disciplines to qualify you for fire work during and after your service:

  • Fire Training (S-130, S-190, L-180, ICS100)
  • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training (S-212)
  • Medical Training
  • SCA Corps Member Training


Workdays can vary and may require long days and weekends. Prescribed fire work demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Members will be required to pass the Work Capacity (Pack) Test (FFT2 Red Card Certification) at the “arduous” level. The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: 8/16/2021 – 8/29/2021
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training; Wilderness First Responder certification is preferred.  
  • Experience working with young adults 18 and older; teaching in an outdoor environment a plus 
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. habitat restoration, trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening 
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more 
  • Not required to provide own housing during the dates of the program 


Compensation: Salary range: $700 - $800/week, benefits available only for position placements over 6 months long.



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 three (3) 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.  



Program Type
Project Leader
SCA California-Southwest