SCA Atlanta

The SCA is a national non-profit changing lives through hands-on conservation work in the outdoors. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces at various locations across the country. After working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

Through its Urban Green Program, the SCA provides young people with paid green jobs, including single-day service projects, seasonal work and year-long internships or fellowships. In Atlanta, crew members build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through environmental education field trips, outdoor recreation and service projects.

We offer both school year and summer programs for teens and young adults. Our school year program is held virtually from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and in-person on weekends. Our summer program runs 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Fridays. Members serve at sites in and around Atlanta.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

The SCA launched its first Atlanta community conservation program in 2021. With seed funding from the UPS Foundation, 10 high school students came together to design, construct, maintain, and advocate for increased green spaces. Since then, more than 50 youth in Atlanta and the surrounding areas have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to local environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, the SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Atlanta’s young people each year.

Current Opportunities

Black Women’s Conservation Crew Member
The SCA is seeking crew members (age 18+) who self-identify as women for its Black Women’s Conservation Crew in Atlanta. Cis and trans women, as well as non-binary and gender non-conforming people, are welcome. This crew is a safe space for women of color to learn, grow, gain new technical skills and explore careers in environmental conservation. Crew members will work on service projects, including invasive species removal, habitat restoration, litter abatement and trail work at various locations throughout local National Park Service sites in the Atlanta area. Expected Dates: June 5 – July 28. Pay: $15/hr.

Please direct any questions about our Atlanta programs to Jonathan Johnson, SCA Atlanta Program Manager, via email at [email protected].

Trainings Offered

  • Diversity & Inclusion Training
  • Resume Building
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills
  • Park Tourism

Eligibility Requirements

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

Key Partners


SCA Atlanta
Jonathan Johnson, SCA Atlanta Program Manager
P.O. Box 5641
Atlanta, GA 31107
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 703-781-9955