Houston, TX

2021 Houston

Since the early 2000s, SCA has been fielding local community conservation programs in Houston. Since then, hundreds of local Houston youth have participated in SCA programs. These young people walked away with the knowledge of how to serve their communities through conservation service work as well as gained a strong connection to the great outdoors through environmental education.

SCA Houston Community Programs aim to build the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards by getting local Houston youth out into their community and environment to do hands-on service to the land. The programs aim to teach area young people how to:

  • Work outdoors (volunteer service)
  • Live outdoors (camping)
  • Have fun outdoors (outdoor recreation activities like hiking, geocaching, kayaking, etc.)
  • Love the outdoors (environmental education – connecting youth to their environment, empowering them with the knowledge to protect it)

SCA Houston Community Programs offer both volunteer and paid service opportunities. The School-Year Program is voluntary and occurs on weekends, from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. During the course of the School-Year Program, youth attend five camping weekends at parks and nature areas around Houston. Not only does each weekend feature an intensive conservation service project such as trail building, habitat restoration, or invasive species removal, but the crew members also participate in environmental education activities and outdoor recreation designed to instill a greater appreciation for the outdoors.

SCA Houston’s Summer Program is a service opportunity that occurs during the workweek, from 8:00 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday. The participants work all over the Houston region and get the opportunity to serve with a number of local nonprofits as well as city, state, and federal agency partners. Each partner organization offers a specific long-term conservation project. For example, a crew might spend two weeks working clearing half a mile of new trail in Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, one week restoring dunes at Galveston Island State Park, and one-week removing invasive species in Memorial Park. Additionally, four to seven hours a week is focused on environmental education discussions, educational field trips, and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Summer Program participants receive an hourly wage for their service work.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers while gaining knowledge of public land resources and local and global environmental issues. They significantly increase their understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques through hands-on experience. Finally, the participants acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation and develop valuable professional skills through team building and leadership activities.

Key Partners:

  • Houston Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Department
  • Texas Commission On Environmental Quality
  • Houston Parks Board
  • U.S Fish & Wildlife Service-Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership
  • Bayou Preservation Association
  • National Park Service
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Houston Independent School District

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 14 years of age or in high school for teen school year and summer programs. For young adult programs, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Other requirements vary by position. In order to participate in paid programs, applicants must be able to produce valid citizenship documents.

Applicants should direct their questions to Valeria Casas [email protected] or (832) 231-7285.

SCA Houston Office
2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77098
[email protected]

Summer 2021


SCA’s 2021 Houston Summer Conservation Leadership Corps Program will have crews of high school members, aged 14-19, working in green spaces throughout the Houston area. The crews will work Monday through Friday each week during the summer program. Members work 35 hours per week.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 14 years of age to participate in high school programs. Members must be currently in high school or recent high school graduates.

  • Earn up to $1,680 (pre-tax).
  • Uniform and Boots Provided.
  • The program runs from June 28th, 2021 to August 6th, 2021.
  • Work 35 hrs/week, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (*includes one half-hour unpaid lunch break).
  • Work in local green spaces doing hands-on work.
  • Obtain valuable work-skills and green jobs training.
  • Work in beautiful outdoor settings and make lifelong friends!
  • Work on teams with other High School team members (with 2 adult team leaders 21+)
  • Serve to give back and better your local communities and natural areas.
  • If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE length of the program!

Application Process:

  • The application deadline is April 18th, 2021.
  • This program is VERY competitive and not all applicants will be accepted into the program. Select applicants will be invited to an interview During the first week of May and will be informed of their position offer by end of May. *Not all applicants will be accepted into the program.*
  • Please apply by clicking here! And use Application Code: PO-00731540
    •  If you are an alum, you will still need to submit an application through the link above AND you will want to update your Community application through MySCA*
  • Please email Houston Program Manager; Valeria Casas at [email protected] if you have any questions.



SCA’s Urban Tree House (UTH) in partnership with the Houston Parks Board, provides free and memorable environmental education programs for Houston urban youth (K-12). It gives Houston youth the opportunity to have fun experiences in nature, become aware of their relationship with the environment, and participate in hands-on conservation projects.

UTH programs take place during in-school hours, in the classroom, and outside in parks/greenspaces near the school. The program supports the belief that increased community awareness and appreciation of the local ecosystem will create a stronger, cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful world. When students are given the knowledge, they need to make informed decisions and act in conscientious ways, they can make lasting positive impacts on their local environment and become lifetime stewards of their communities.

  • Students grades K-12
  • Groups with 10-40 students
  • Registration is FREE!

For more information, email: Valeria Casas at [email protected].