Washington, DC

The summer of 2022 marked the 26th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 2,000 SCA high school students ages 15-19 from both urban and suburban neighborhoods in the capital region have built and maintained trails, constructed boardwalks, managed invasive species and completed countless other projects. Thousands more (ages 5-19) have participated in environmental education activities with SCA DC’s Urban Tree House Program and participated in community service projects in the region. For the past 20 plus years, with generous support from donors, the SCA has provided students from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland the opportunity to serve their broader community by completing conservation projects in national, state, and regional parks and participating in valuable curriculum-based environmental education activities.

The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (this year running June through August). The Washington DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs typically occur on weekends year round, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, fall, and spring. Members serve at sites in and around the Metropolitan DC Area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and camping trips, and complete community service projects. 

The DC Community Program also provides a valuable environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area. The Urban Tree House Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – a site generously provided by National Park Service’s National Capital Parks-East. For over 18years, SCA staff has provided free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics, including urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum.  

Training Offered: 

  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Project WET/Project WILD Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills
  • CPR

Key Partners:

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC) 
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • National Capital Parks-East (NACE)
  • US Forest Service 
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Rails to Trails
  • Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and currently in high school or recently garduated to participate in high school programs. For our young adult programs applicants must be 18 years or age or older. Other requirements vary by position.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email [email protected].

Currently Accepting Applications For: 

2022 DC Summer Conservation Crew Program 

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SCA’s 2022 DC Summer Conservation Program will have teams of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the D.C. 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; Rock Creek Park, Fort DuPont Park, Greenbelt Park, George Washington Memorial Park, 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: July 5 – August 12, 2022 (must be available for all program dates)  
Work Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 3:30pm and Fridays 7:30 am – 12:30pm  
Pay Rate: $10 per hour (working 35 hours per week) 
If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program!! 
Application deadline is May 6, 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. 
How to Apply: 
Already have an SCA application?Follow these application instructions.  
Program participants under 18 years of age are not required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. However, minor-aged participants are required to undergo regular testing and symptom screening, and wear masks in all public indoor settings. Visit the following website for more information: www.thesca.org/covid
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact [email protected]
Student Conservation Association