Field Leaders

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

We are looking for Field Leaders to manage and mentor junior members working outdoors at sites in various states. Help lead the way to a sustainable future by leading young people working on conservation service projects.

You won’t just supervise people. Field Leaders are outdoor professionals who make important decisions daily regarding the safety and well-being of our crew members. Along the way, you’ll gain experience and expertise in trail building, habitat restoration, fire management and outreach to park visitors.

Here’s a quick look at what our Field Leaders do:

  • Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics

  • Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship

  • Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA

  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff

Current Opportunities

Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Crew Leader (Illinois)
This position supervises, transports and mentors a team of 10 high school students working on various hands-on conservation and restoration projects within different areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Lake Clark Youth Crew Leader (Alaska)
This position supervises high school crew members in Southwest Alaska with Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This team will consist primarily of youth from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders and their descendants and projects may include creating/maintaining trail tread and cutting/removing brush from the trail corridor.

Black Women’s Conservation Crew Field Leader (Georgia)
This position supervises and trains the SCA’s Black Women’s Conservation Crew in Atlanta. The team consists of Black crew members who self-identify as women and will work on service projects, including invasive species removal, habitat restoration, litter abatement and trail maintenance at various locations throughout local National Park Service sites in the Atlanta area.

Prairie Pothole Fuels Reduction Team Project Leader (South Dakota)
This position leads a three-member crew that will engage in hazardous fuels reduction through tree removal projects.

Adirondack Corps Project Leader (Upstate New York)
This position plays a crucial role in the success of the SCA Adirondack Corps program by working closely with the Program Coordinator and Program Manager to train, supervise and support crew members in completing trail and conservation projects throughout the 6-million-acre Adirondack State Park.

Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps Project Leader (Pennsylvania)
This position  supervises a crew of five young adults as they work on a variety of conservation projects, career development, and environmental education within the Pennsylvania State Park System. 

East Bay Regional Parks Corps Leader (California)
This position supervises a four-member team working alongside park staff on various trail projects at East Bay Regional Park, located east of San Francisco.

Land Between the Lakes Corps Field Leader (Kentucky)
This position supervises a team of three young adults and will focus on constructing and installing information kiosks along with various restorative projects to serve the 170,000 acres of park land at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Yosemite Backcountry Crew Leader (California)
This position supervises a roving ecological restoration crew of three high school students that will hike throughout the Yosemite Wilderness restoring inappropriately located campsites, social trails, and trail ruts, as well as removing non-native invasive plants.

Cleveland Community Youth Crew Leader (Ohio)
This position assists in supervising a crew responsible for projects such as trail maintenance, trail construction, invasive species removal and habitat restoration in various sites around Cleveland Metroparks.

SCA-NPS Southern Four Corners Regional Youth Crew Leader (Arizona)
This position supervises a crew working on trail and restoration projects alongside National Park Service staff at Navajo National Monument and other NPS sites.

Maryland Conservation Job Corps Crew Leader (Maryland)
This position leads a crew working to restore natural and recreational resources in Maryland State Parks and public lands.

Seattle Community Crew Leader (Washington)
This position supervises a team of five high school youth while they complete an assortment of hands-on conservation projects including trail construction and rehabilitation, general trail management, natural resource enhancements and invasive species removal across multiple Seattle Parks and Recreation sites and the Washington Park Arboretum.

Solano County Conservation Crew Leader (California)
This position assists in leading an eight-member high school crew and work with local agencies to complete conservation and climate resiliency projects with the Solano Land Trust and Brannan Island State Recreation Area.

Landover Hills Crew Leader (Maryland)
This position will lead a team of three high school crew members as they complete field conservation projects in the Landover Hills community.

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