NH Conservation Corps Field Specialist

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), Americas #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leader to supervise, educate, and inspire the field crews of the New Hampshire Conservation Corps program based in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH.


Program Dates: 3/13/2023-10/19/2023

Location (City and State): Bear Brook State Park Allenstown, NH


Primary Responsibilities:

The SCA NH Conservation Corps Field Specialist plays a crucial role in the success of the conservation program, working closely with the Conservation Coordinator to train, supervise, and support 3 field crews of corps members completing technical trail projects, habitat restoration and visitor-use structure construction throughout New Hampshire. SCA NH Corps crews use traditional trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and physical labor to complete an array of projects while camping on 11-day hitches. Typical projects include trail construction & maintenance, rock stairs, carpentry, bridge construction, impacted site restoration, invasive vegetation removal and historic preservation. The program works in partnership with New Hampshire State Parks and AmeriCorps and serves throughout the state including the White Mountain National Forest. The Field Specialist is largely a field-based position spending approximately 80% of time traveling during the Conservation Service Season to project sites.


Specifically, the Crew Leader will:

Conservation Crew Support

  • Work with Conservation Coordinator to provide field-based supervision, technical and leadership support to 3 active young adult field crews

  • Manage conservation projects, work outcomes and crew dynamics

  • Facilitate team operations: tools & equipment, vehicles, worksite management, basecamp

  • Actively manage project/member risk by maintaining a safe work environment

  • Regular travel to work locations to support projects and camp with crews


Technical Advisor

  • Supervise and assist with work skills training for corps members

  • Manage the quality & technique of project outcomes

  • Promote leadership development of members and evaluate success & potential

  • Actively manage risk in accordance with SCA protocols to maintain a safe work environment for program participants


Partnership Representative

  • Model SCA mission and values to corps members, partners and the public

  • Manage relationships and communication with agency partners

  • Work collaboratively with agencies on project logistics

  • Ensure successful and timely completion of work projects



Program Administrator

  • Assist Coordinator to complete required program reporting and documentation

  • Assist Coordinator in equipment purchasing, budget management and reconciliation

  • Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

  • Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner


Leader Qualifications:

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

  • Previous trail construction experience and knowledge required

  • Ability to perform trail construction and maintenance work in both wilderness and non-wilderness settings

  • 1-2 years prior experience in supervising young adults in an outdoor setting

  • Excellent communication, leadership skills and strong work ethic are required

  • Self-starter, ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds and be able to work in outdoor environment exposed to the elements including camping and hiking for extended periods of time, up to 11-days

  • Have working knowledge of safely operating power and hand-tools

  • Ability to access remote trail work locations and travel over rough, steep and rocky terrain

  • Experience/certifications with rigging/Griphoist preferred

  • Experience/certification with chainsaw required ability to recertify during the position

  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certificationor ability to get cert before position begins


Conditions of Employment:

  • Must have ability to legally work in the US.

  • Ability to meet SCAs criminal background check standards

  • Must have a valid drivers license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards

  • Must have personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement available for work-related travel


Leader Benefits and Compensation:

  • $700 per week

  • Housing & utilities provided private rustic cabin with wood stove, electricity, fridge, furnished. Wi-fi access, garden space (if interested), short walk to program lodge with all amenities.

  • Food and meals provided (during work and off days); full access to commercial kitchen

  • Optional health/vision/dental insurances

  • Paid time off

  • NH State Parks pass

  • Trainings & professional development opportunities



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