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

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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“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

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Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.

Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary War reenactor? This is a no-brainer!”

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Contact Info

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Seattle, WA 98134
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Developed Recreation Intern

Starts June 4, 2018 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

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

River Ranger Intern

Starts June 4, 2018 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

River Ranger intern in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the Wild and Scenic section of the South Fork of the Flathead River

Trails Maintenance Intern

Starts June 4, 2018 • Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse, MT

The intern will serve on a wilderness trail crew, conduct campsite monitoring and rehabilitation; support trail crew by performing light and heavy maintenance using non-mechanical wilderness trail techniques and primitive tools.

2018 Idaho AmeriCorps

Starts May 13, 2018 • Student Conservation Association, Challis, ID

Members of the Salmon-Challis AmeriCorps Forest Training Center will have the opportunity to further their passion for the environment and love of the outdoors through hands-on conservation service work on the rugged public lands of central Idaho.

Research Support Intern

Starts May 14, 2018 • Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, ID

Bio-science Intern in beautiful, Boise, ID!

Cave Guide Interpreter

Starts April 15, 2018 • Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction, OR

One season as an Oregon Caves Guide-Interpreter provides interns with a foundation of interpretive knowledge and skill that will last a lifetime.