Regional and Urban Youth Programs

Since 1984, SCA has been connecting Seattle-area youth with hands-on conservation programs in Seattle and the greater Northwest region. Thanks to numerous public agencies, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to young people from the Seattle area each year.

“I learned that hard work pays off, because I was tired and worn out, but pushed myself to finish… It made me feel good inside.” — Member Thomas F.
SCA Northwest currently provides summer conservation opportunities in and around the Pacific Northwest. With the support of our partners and donors, participants are able to:
  • Build trails and restore habitat on public lands
  • Explore green career opportunities and issues facing the environment
  • Build leadership skills as they work on a team of diverse peers
  • Learn about our local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects
  • Gain necessary skills and experience to enter green and public service career sectors
Northwest Regional Programs offers paid service opportunities with programs that run Monday-Friday during the summer (June-August). 


SCA’s 2022 Seattle and Edmonds Summer Conservation Programs will have teams of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the Seattle Metro area. Members of the program will be assigned to a designated park where they will complete hands-on conservation projects such as; invasive species removal, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and trail construction. Past work locations have included Maple Wood Playfield, Colman Park, Cheasty Greenspace, Washington Park Arboretum, Edmonds City Park, Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and other locations. Members of the program will gain valuable job skills training, participate in environmental education activities, and receive an SCA uniform. Join a team where diversity is celebrated, members build meaningful connections to public lands, and conservation and creative problem solving go hand in hand. No prior outdoor work experience is needed but a willingness and interest in working outside is required!  

Program Dates (must be available for all program dates): 

  • Seattle Program: July 11th – August 26th, 2022
  • Edmonds Program: July 11th – August 12th, 2022

Work Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 3:30pm and Fridays 8:00 am – 1:30pm  

Pay Rate: $16 per hour (working 35 hours per week) 

If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program!!

Priority given to applications before May 20th, 2022. Applicants will be informed after the deadline if they have been accepted into the program. This program is VERY competitive and all applicants WILL NOT be accepted into the program. 

SCA’s 2022 Seattle and Edmonds High School Summer Programs will field two crews for members, ages 14-19, working in natural areas in Seattle and Edmonds. The crews will work Monday through Friday each week during the summer program. Members work roughly 34 hours per week and make $16/hr. 


  • Please email Seattle Program Fellow; Evan Pierce at [email protected] if you have any questions or if you have completed a program application!  

Proud Partners include: City of Edmonds, NatureBridge, Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Green Seattle Partnership, BC Parks, City of Bainbridge Island, Green Tukwila Partnership, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, San Juan Island National Historic Park, Colville National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and more.

Interested in partnering with the SCA Northwest? Contact Kari Mueller, Regional Partnership Manager, [email protected]