SCA Northwest

SCA is Celebrating 30 years of service in the Northwest

Across Seattle and throughout the Northwest, SCA is building a new generation of conservation leaders and over the past 30 years, has strengthened the region’s youth, communities and environment. Today SCA annually engages more than 150 youth from Seattle and surrounding communities along a carefully crafted continuum of outdoor experiences that convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competitively enter the workforce and practice a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Read more

US-Canada Crew Celebration
North Cascades Nat'l Park, Aug. 23
Ft. Worden Crew Celebration
Fort Worden State Park Sun Aug. 10
Seattle Crews Summer Celebration
Othello Playground - Fri. Aug. 15
Edmonds, WA Crew Summer Celebration
City Park - Thurs. Aug. 14
Service – Stewardship – Sustainability
In Seattle Since 1984
Video: SCA in the Northwest

SCA Northwest

Oregon | Washington

The Northwest is the birthplace of SCA and since our first volunteers arrived at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957, the region has remained one of SCA’s most vibrant and vital.

Our SCA Seattle program provides hundreds of under-served city youth with connections to nature and pathways to careers. And the nearby parks and forests – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades – all boast substantial numbers of SCA alumni on their staffs, a testament to the caliber of our members and the commitment of our area partners.

2016 Youth Outcomes:

  • Coming soon

Key initiatives:

  • SCA Seattle Community Program
  • SCA Northwest National Crews
  • SCA Individual Internships
  • SCA Corps Teams
  • SCA Canada-US International Crew

Primary partners:

  • City of Edmonds
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • NatureBridge
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Ochoco National Forest
  • Olympic National Forest
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation

Leading supporters:

  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Hazel Miller Foundation
  • Islands Fund
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Norcliffe Foundation
  • Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
  • WYCO Fund

News, Stories & Projects

On a cold, sunny Saturday in January, Seattle alumni were in full force helping to create a healthy forest at the Maple Wood Playfield in South Seattle. Gathered together, with the current cohort of Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) members, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, the group worked to clear invasive species and prepare the area for planting in the spring.Inspiration was abundant in both their actions and SCA stories.

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In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 306 volunteers from across the Seattle region for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Washington Park Arboretum.

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When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start a three month SCA internship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as an assistant to a regional wildlife biologist.

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Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Wilderness Intern

Starts May 29, 2017 • Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, Red Lodge, MT

One of Wilderness’s crown jewels, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of Montana/Wyoming has few equals in size, ruggedness, beauty, and solitude. Come work with Forest Service & ABWF staff on projects that enhance our stewardship of the A-B Wilderness.

Citizen Science Coordinator Intern

Starts June 12, 2017 • Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire, WA

Lead and coordinate a volunteer Citizen Science program at one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country!

Wilderness/Trails Intern

Starts May 30, 2017 • Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wisdom, MT

Wilderness/Trails Worker in the Big Hole Valley of Montana.

Trails Maintenance Intern

Starts May 28, 2017 • Flathead National Forest, Bigfork, MT

The intern will serve on a trail crew, contact and educate visitors, support trail crew by performing light and heavy maintenance using mechanical and non-mechanical trail techniques and tools. They may also support other district programs.

Wildlife Biology Intern

Starts May 30, 2017 • Olympic National Forest, Quilcene, WA

Conduct wildlife surveys and learn about wildlife habitat management on the beautiful Olympic National Forest.

Developed Recreation Intern

Starts May 28, 2017 • Flathead National Forest, Bigfork, MT

As a Developed Recreation Intern, you will assist with the developed recreation program managing both developed and dispersed recreation activities on the district.