Summer 2023 Western Restoration 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.   

Training Dates:  4/17/2023 -5/14/2023 (paid mandatory training) 


Program Dates: 5/15/2023 – 8/19/2023  


Arrival Location: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 


Project Location (City and State): Multiple Locations: Please note placements will be determined by matching leader candidate skills with project needs. Projects placements may include partners like… 

  • Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State 

  • Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon 

  • Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon 

  • Willamette National Forest, Oregon 

  • And many more… 



Primary Responsibilities: 

Position Summary: 

Project leaders are responsible for daily management and supervision of a Native Plant Restoration Corps project in either backcountry or a front-country site with members 18 & older. Project Leaders coordinate with agency partners to plan and implement projects, and with SCA staff to manage crew safety, performance, and logistics in the field. Leaders are required to perform administrative tasks to track project outcomes, approve members’ timesheets, and manage a field budget. 


Program Description: 

SCAs Western Native Plant Restoration Corps is a team-based program designed to introduce Corps Members to the rigors of conservation fieldwork and practice the interpersonal and leadership skills required in a team environment. Teams engage in project work focused on the restoration of native plant habitat. Teams will work in partnership with the National Forest Service and will perform restoration projects on fire-affected lands. 


The crews will begin their program with a two-week field-based training program before traveling to their respective project sites. Guided by an experienced Project Leader, Corps Members learn and practice all the requisite hard and soft skills that are essential for a successful conservation project. 


Restoration projects could include conducting invasive plant surveys, invasive control projects (i.e., mechanical removal or herbicide treatment), native plant seed collection, and/or native plant planting projects.  Each project will be dependent on location and local project needs and available resources.      


Crews should expect to camp for the duration of their program but should also expect to have regular access to certain amenities like showers throughout much of the project.  That said, field life is rugged, and while on a project, members should expect to have few amenities such as limited access to internet and cell phone reception.  Additionally, while in the field, this program is alcohol and substance-free 


Members should prepare for the physical and mental rigors of fieldwork.  Members should expect to hike long distances (up to 5+ miles in one day), drive long distances on Forest Service dirt roads, and handle heavy equipment such as a backpack sprayer, chainsaw, brush-cutters, or other various hand tools throughout their workday.     




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 ages 18-25, teaching or environmental education a plus 

  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e., invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening 

  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8-10 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more 

  • Ability to obtain a Wilderness First Responder Certification by the start of the Program. 

  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: [4/15/2023 – 5/14/2023] 

  • 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: 

  • $700 – $800 weekly stipend

  • $1,000 travel stipend (half paid out on first paycheck, half paid on last paycheck) 

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification ($750 value)  

  • Field-based meals, camping equipment, uniform, and laptop & Wi-Fi (for administrative work) provided. 



 Submit Application HERE

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


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