The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire high school students during summer 2021   

National Crews consist of two leaders and a crew of 6 – 8 high school volunteers, ages 15 – 19. Crews live and work in spectacular national parks, forests, and historic sites across the United States. Two leaders camp with their crew in front country or back country sites. These crews work to complete conservation projects such as trail building and maintenance.  

National Crews are typically 3 – 5 weeks long. This position starts with a mandatory SCA Crew Leader training.  

Training Dates: 6/6/2021 – 6/11/2021 

Program Dates: Program dates vary. Programs can take place early July – late August. 

Compensation and Benefits: $600 per week (paid bi-weekly)paid training; field-based mealsup to $1,000 roundtrip travel stipend. 


Primary Responsibilities: 


  • Supervise a crew in the field. Facilitate teamwork, manage field-based tasks and schedules, ensure safe practices, and guide crew dynamics. These responsibilities are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the length of the program.   

  • Foster growth and inspire a group of high school students. Train Crew Members in safe tool use, organize and lead educational trips and lessons, and mentor them to grow personally and as environmental stewards.  

  • Manage a restoration project. Complete a project with your team in the field, plan out team logistics, and work with partners on site.  

  • Carry out administrative tasks. Manage a crew budget, complete program reports and paperwork, communicate with SCA staff, and follow all SCA policies and procedures. 



  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age 

  • Must be authorized to work in the US 

  • Must possess current Wilderness First Aid certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) and CPR by the start date of the orientation training. 

  • Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18) 

  • Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment 

  • Experience with outdoor living skills. Can include: camping (two weeks or more), hiking, safety awareness, leave no trace, camping, basic map/compass 

  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw 

  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more and hike 5 or more miles 

  • Excellent communication skills needed 

  • Possess a valid driver’s license for past three years and Motor Vehicle Record that meets SCA standards required 

  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards 


To Apply: Visit MySCA to Login or Sign-up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 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