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

This month marks the 75th Anniversary of Olympic National Park – an appropriate time to celebrate all that Olympic offers to the greater Seattle area as well as its place of honor within the breathtaking beauty of our national park system.

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Chukundi Salisbury has arguably walked on more park trails in Seattle than anyone in the last two decades. As Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Trails Coordinator, he has walked most of the 120 miles of trails in Seattle parks — often dozens if not hundreds of times, treading over the same paths season after season.
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Infusions of grant money and youthful energy are once again helping Mount Rainier National Park shape up this summer.
A grant from the National Park Foundation is helping pay for three teams of teenagers recruited by the Student Conservation Association’s Base to Base Camp program from Seattle and Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM). Each team, consisting of eight high school students and two crew leaders, will spend 15 days working on trail maintenance projects throughout the park.

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Backcountry Office Intern

Starts June 4, 2017 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone NP, WY

Backcountry Office/Wildlife Jam Intern

Interpretation Internship

Starts May 14, 2017 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Intern will provide information and orientation at a Yellowstone N.P. visitor center, conduct roving interpretation and present interpretive programs.

Biological Field Intern

Starts April 10, 2017 • Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Dallas, OR

Spend the summer in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon and gain valuable experience. This position will help inform important decisions on managing species on the Willamette Valley NWR Complex, esp. for SHLAs, which are Federally Threatened.

Interpretive Intern

Starts May 15, 2017 • Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD

Spend the summer interpreting the underground world of Wind Cave National Park, home to the sixth longest cave in the world.

Wilderness Intern

Starts May 27, 2017 • Shoshone National Forest, Lander, WY

Shoshone National Forest- South Zone Wilderness-Trails Crew Member: help to build, maintain, and preserve trails in the beautiful, remote Wind River and Absaroka Mountains.

Backcountry Permit Office Intern

Starts May 28, 2017 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Intern will work in the backcountry office providing visitors with trail/campsite information and permits (50%), patrol backcountry, contact visitors, clear trails (30%), care for stock, assist with wildlife management and emergency response (20%).