SCA Adirondack Corps-Winter 2023-2024 (PO-00735968)

Program Description
Live and Serve with a team of four motivated conservationists performing critical outdoor and indoor conservation and infrastructure projects.  As a member of the Adirondacks Winter team, you will use a combination of traditional and modern conservation tools and practices to perform; trail construction and maintenance, carpentry and infrastructure projects, campground rehabilitation and historic preservation and restoration. Much of this work, by nature, will take place outdoors, and members (with SCA support) should be prepared to work in snowy, subfreezing conditions. During weeks when winter weather restricts outdoor work, members will learn carpentry, tool maintenance, and other traditional skills in the carpentry shop located at Whitney HQ.

In addition to these important duties, SCA will also help you to develop skills for a future in conservation by providing additional training opportunities throughout the season.

Members may live and serve in backcountry settings for up to 5 days at a time at the beginning of the season as weather allows, and work from our base camp location for the remainder of the season. Members will have shared housing with other SCA members when not in the field on projects.  Perform outdoor conservation projects, 90%; receive training, 10%.

Position Benefits

  • Housing provided
  • Winter hiking boots to borrow for the season
  • $400 weekly stipend and $1,824.07 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Hands on experience in the conservation field
  • Professional Training opportunities
  • Leadership Development

Position ID: PO-00735968

Expected Dates: November 6, 2023 - March 1, 2024

901 C Sabbatis Rd.
Long Lake, NY 12847

Training Provided: Training Opportunities May Include: •Snowmobile Safety Training (Project Dependent) •Chainsaw Safety & Use (GOL) •Wilderness First Aid •Trail Construction and Maintenance •Basic Rigging •Conflict Resolution •Communication and Leadership

Professional Development Opportunities:

Member Responsibilities 

  • Complete a variety of conservation projects in outdoor and indoor environments
  • Lead your peers by learning to develop Emergency Response Plans, assess and communicate job hazards, uphold SCA’s safety standards
  • Work 8-10 hour days performing physical labor in potentially challenging settings
  • Use industry standards to collect and record field data
  • Drive an SCA work vehicle to various project sites and trailheads throughout the Adirondacks
  • Develop skills to interface with the public professionally


  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US.
  • Ability to meet SCA's criminal background check standards
  • Desire to work in outdoor winter weather conditions
  • Commit to working and living in small crew environment
  • Preferred, but not required: Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred i.e., habitat restoration, trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements, occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds or more, and potentially hike up to 5 miles per day.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Housing is in a very remote location and member experience is greatly influenced by access to a personal vehicle.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Members will have their own room in a shared house with other SCA members when not in the field on projects. Camping in tents in remote backcountry settings for 5 to 10 days or from front country basecamps depending upon project and weather when in the field

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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