Field Leader Position Types

SCA Field Leaders do it all - from program planning, preparation, and mentoring members, to completing various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. 

All Field Leaders receive a travel allowance, expense-paid training, compensation, and potential opportunities for year-round professional development. To view our current openings, click here.

Apprentice Crew Leaders

Under 21 but ready to take the next step towards a leadership position? The Apprentice Crew Leader Program is an educational opportunity for participants to learn leadership & field management skills in order to prepare them for an SCA Field Leader position in the future.  Participants will gain experience by assisting in the management, implementation, and reporting of a Youth Community and/or National crew under the supervision of a mentor Crew Leader(s). 

Apprentice Crew Leaders may:

  • Learn essentials of planning and coordinating the logistics of a youth crew
  • Learn how to motivate students and model positive leadership behaviors
  • Attend Crew Leader training to develop leadership skills and outdoor conservation skills
  • Practice teaching environmental education topics and team building games

Ideal Apprentice Crew Leader applicants are at least 1 year out of high school, have previous experience as a member on SCA programs, and have demonstrated passion for the mission of SCA. Basic knowledge of conservation projects and an interest in pursuing a leadership position in the conservation field is preferred.  

National Crew Apprentice Crew Leader positions have all been filled for the 2017 season. To find out about Community Crew Apprentice Crew Leader positions, visit the Community Crew page for the city nearest you.  

National Crew Leaders

Mentor a crew of 6-8 high school students to complete conservation projects in spectacular national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the US. Programs run 21-35 days in length, June through August. 

National crews may:

  • Construct and maintain trails
  • Build bridges and shelters
  • Repair walls and stone steps
  • Improve and conserve wildlife habitats

National Crew Leaders must have strong outdoor experience living and working in frontcountry and/or backcountry settings, strong experience working with high school youth, and experience with and/or willingness to learn conservation work skills. Interested in getting to know a new part of the country? A National Crew Leader position may be for you!

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Community Crew Leaders

Mentor a crew of 8-10 local students to complete much needed conservation service projects within their community. Programs run year-round in major metropolitan areas across the country. 

Community crews may:

  • Build and maintain trails
  • Maintain wildlife habitats and native plant species
  • Work in urban gardens
  • Participate in green space beautification projects

Community Crew Leaders must have strong experience teaching or working with urban youth, be able to maintain a positive work environment and motivate students, and be willing to work outdoors. Interested in making a difference in your own community?  A Community Crew Leader position may be for you! 

Community Crew Leader positions are available in: Anchorage, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Manchester, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington DC.  Leaders must have housing in the city in which they wish to work.

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Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Leaders

Solo-lead a group of 4-6 locally recruited high school students to complete conservation projects and environmental education in spectacular forests, historic sites, and refuges across the US. Leaders will work with students on conservation projects, during business hours Monday - Friday, with nights and weekends off. YCC Leader positions last 8-11 weeks, housing is often provided, and applicants are expected to have their own personal vehicle.

YCC crews may:

  • Construct and maintain trail
  • Soil and water restoration work
  • Wildlife management activities
  • Recreation site maintenance work
  • Painting and facility improvement projects
  • Invasive species control

YCC Crew Leaders must have strong experience teaching or working with youth, be able to maintain a positive work environment and motivate students, and be willing to work outdoors.  Interested in working closely with a federal land management agency and the surrounding communities?  A YCC Crew Leader position may be for you!

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Corps Project Leaders

Supervise a team of 2-6 members, ages 18-26, in national forests, parks, preserves, urban areas, and other spectacular locations across the country. Programs are 3 to 12 months in length and run year round.

Program focus may include:

  • GIS/Mapping
  • Native plants
  • Trail construction and surveying
  • Wildfire education/mitigation or monitoring
  • Wilderness restoration
  • Historic restoration
  • Visitor Use Surveys
  • Natural resource management

Corps Project Leaders must have strong experience leading young adults and demonstrate expertise in the program area of focus. Preference is given to applicants who have previous experience leading outdoor programs. Looking to lead young adults and focus your conservation service experience? A Corps Project Leader position may be for you! 

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