Adirondack 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 students for the programs.  


Program Dates: ­ Mid-April to Mid-October

Location (City and State): Long Lake, NY


Primary Responsibilities:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leader to supervise, educate and inspire the 24 members of the SCA Adirondack Corps. The Adirondack Corps is based at the Whitney Headquarters in Long Lake, NY on Little Tupper Lake. The SCA Adirondack Corps Project Leader plays a crucial role in the success of the program, working closely with the Program Coordinator and Program Manager to train, supervise and support crew members completing technical trail and conservation projects throughout the 6-million-acre Adirondack State Park. Project Leaders supervise 5-6 person crews working on conservation projects in the back country setting for 5- or 10-day hitches. Typical projects include new trail construction, timber bridge construction, removal of invasive vegetation, fire tower restoration, stone structure construction, and general trail maintenance. The Adirondack Corps work in partnership with the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) and AmeriCorps.


Specifically, the Crew Leader will:

  • Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
  • Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship
  • Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff


Leader Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Wilderness First Responder with CPR certification required
  • Chainsaw experience and certification required
  • Rigging experience preferred
  • Must have personal vehicle; mileage will be reimbursed at $0.62.5/mile if use of personal vehicle is required for work
  • Working knowledge of safely operating power and hand tools
  • Completion of SCA Work Skills Session preferred 
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards


Leader Benefits and Compensation:

  • $937.50 weekly living allowance
  • Eligable Health Benefits
  • Food and housing is provided


Submit Application HERE

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an Equal-Opportunity Employer.



Student Conservation Association