2023 DC Urban Tree House Environmental Education Program (hiring pool) (PO-00735506)

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The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks young adult interns 18+ or older interested in conservation service work. The Urban Tree House crew will work alongside National Park Service staff and local community organizations. The three-member crew will comprise of 2 young adult interns with 1 crew leader supervisor. Local SCA Program staff will also regularly be onsite. Members will work for 7 full weeks.

Program dates: 7/10/23 – 8/18/23
# Member Weeks: 7
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (40 hours/week)

Pay Rate: $18/hour, Bi-weekly pay

Transportation and Site Location: Members will have the option of:
1) Providing their own transportation to and from the worksite at the Anacostia Skating Pavilion at 1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020 or
2) Meeting the Crew Leader at the Anacostia Metro Station for pick-up/drop-off at 1101 Howard Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

SCA’s DC Urban Tree House (UTH) Program is based out of Anacostia Park in Washington, DC, and provides free environmental education programs for DC area youth (K-12). The UTH program gives DC youth the opportunity to have fun experiences in nature, become aware of their relationship with the environment, and participate in hands-on conservation projects.

Work Description: 
All four crew members will go through training by SCA and National Parks staff to complete different tasks and projects throughout the park including:

  1. Hosting two sessions per day for participating groups
  2. Collaborating on program prep, lesson plans and activities for each session
  3. Coordinate with chaperones from participating groups
  4. General UTH Program support tasks
  5. Assist in collecting data and reporting session outputs
  6. Community conservation service projects

After training, the crew will work together to ensure successful programs for community youth. Program best practices, tool usage, safety, and job hazard assessments will be part of training and daily briefings. All members will learn to work in new environments, outdoor spaces, in a crew-model with new people, all while learning new field skills. Being open to new experiences is a huge advantage for crew members.


  • Earn a stipend or wage for your work
  • Explore green jobs and career opportunities
  • Complete important conservation projects at a National Park
  • Participate in professional development and skill building as a team
  • Alumni benefits after successful completion of program
  • SCA gear package

Position ID: PO-00735506

Expected Dates: July 10, 2023 - August 25, 2023

4245 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203

Training Provided: Various training opportunities with SCA and partner organizations. Leave No trace, Invasive Plant Removal, and more.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Work with SCA's community crews in the area.

Other Community Work: Experience facilitating Environmental Education Activities and familiarity with national curricula preferred (i.e. project wild, project learning tree, project wet, leave no trace, etc.).

Professional Development Opportunities: You'll have the opportunity to interact with all of the SCA staff in SCA's National Office.  You'll also be working with the National Park Service.  This is a great way to connect with partners and staff and get linked into the SCA community.  

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Bicycle would be adequate

Bike or metro accessible.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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