Field Leaders: Current Openings

SCA Field Leaders at work, leading, motivating and inspiring young people in environmental work

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Field Leader positions are open to those 21 and older who have strong field experience and a desire to lead, motivate, inspire and guide. Below are some of the field positions that will become available over the next few months. Please view the Field Leader Position Types linked to the right of this page for an explanation of our various leader opportunities. To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application, and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

Apprentice Crew Leader positions are open to candidates who are under 21 (and at least 1 year out of high school) and are interested in learning leadership and field management skills in order to prepare for an SCA Field Leader position in the future. See below for Apprentice Crew Leader positions that will be available in the coming summer season, or visit the Field Leader Position Types page for more details. Details on how to apply are included in the information for specific positions.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the Preservation Fire Corps. The leader will work and live with a crew of four members (18+) that will conduct prescribed burns, prepare fire lines, and complete other conservation tasks under the supervision of a project partner. These crew members will come from diverse backgrounds and may not have fire experience. The leader must have a current red card and 1-2 years of wildfire or prescribed burning experience. In addition to having strong conservation work skills, we are looking for a leader that is emotionally mature and can motivate and inspire his or her crew members. Various positions are available along the Gulf coast (see list below) and leaders will be placed based on their qualifications and experience. Interviews will start in late-Sept or early-October 2020.  

Program Dates:  Jan – May 2021

Training Dates: Jan 2021

Program Dates: January 18th 2021- February 28th, 2021
 
Training Dates: ­ January 4th 2021- January 15th, 2021 (mandatory paid training)
 
Primary Responsibilities:
 
Site Description:  Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge (SANWR) protects 2,088 acres in extreme southern Texas.  Established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds, SANWR is positioned at the juncture of two major migratory flyways for many species of birds.  It is also at the northern-most point for many species whole range extends south into Central and South America.  The refuge is right in the middle of this biological diversity, which is what makes this refuge the ‘jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System.’  Though small in size, Santa Ana offers visitors and opportunity to see birds, butterflies, and many other species not found anywhere else in the United States.  Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is also a part of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program and is expanding on engaging the local community in conservation and developing the next generation of conservationists.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire 10 students for the 2020 Alaska Virtual High School program.  

Program Dates: ­ 01/25/2021 – 02/28/2021 

 

Primary Responsibilities:

The 2020 SCA Alaska Virtual High School program seeks to elevate youth voices from across Alaska by focusing on the central question: “What concerns you, and your community, about the way climate change is affecting your home?” A cohort of high school students, assembled from geographically distinct areas of Alaska, will spend 10 video or teleconference sessions over 5 weeks sharing local environmental knowledge, connecting with peers, learning from community members, learning interview and audio storytelling skills, and igniting passions. Complementing these sessions, students will practice learned skills by interviewing members of their local community, culminating with each student creating an audio story that addresses the central question. A youth in this program will take steps toward developing an environmental ethic by being invited to think critically about issues that concern them, their community, and their way of life. This program achieves SCA’s mission of inspiring lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by continuing work with the natural world, in the home communities of the members, through the sharing of knowledge across the state.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the Preservation Fire Corps. The leader will work and live with a crew of four members (18+) that will conduct prescribed burns, prepare fire lines, and complete other conservation tasks under the supervision of a project partner. These crew members will come from diverse backgrounds and may not have fire experience. The leader must have a current red card and 1-2 years of wildfire or prescribed burning experience. In addition to having strong conservation work skills, we are looking for a leader that is emotionally mature and can motivate and inspire his or her crew members. Various positions are available along the Gulf coast (see list below) and leaders will be placed based on applicant’s preferred location, qualifications, and experience. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, but those submitted by August 2020 will be given priority. Interviews will start in late-Sept or early-October 2020.  

 

 

 

Program Dates: ­ January 18th- April 23rd

Training Dates: ­ January 4th-January 15th  (mandatory paid training)

Primary Responsibilities:

This team will design and carry out conservation service projects and tasks in operations and maintenance at the Wellsville Lake Project (WLP) with USACE, Katy Prairie Preserve with Katy Prairie Conservancy and local parks managed by Harris County Flood Control during their term of service.

Please note, projects vary from partner to site. Responsibilities can include; Invasive species management through chainsaw application; Surveying historic areas, and conducting aquatic invasive species (herbicide) spray treatment operations in prominent public viewing and the recreational regions while using GIS data to track progress.

 

 

Program Dates: Program dates vary. Programs take place February – March.

Locations (note: dates subject to change):

  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA. Front country trail restoration and erosion control. Team will be staying at park housing. 2/1/2021 - 3/19/2021
  • Kisatchie National Forest, LA. Front country trail maintenance, erosion control, and boardwalk projects. Team will be camping and staying at park housing. 2/1/201 - 3/26/2021

Leader Position Compensation and Benefits: $600 per week (paid bi-weekly); $200 uniform stipend; field-based meals; $650 roundtrip travel stipend.

 

he Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to mentor, educate, and inspire the AmeriCorps members of the Massachusetts Conservation Corps program!  

Program Dates: ­ 3/8/21 – 10/29/21

Primary Responsibilities:

For over 20 years, the Massachusetts Conservation Corps has been crushing trail work projects throughout the Commonwealth! Project Leaders live and breathe conservation, with their regular schedule being 10 days in the field supporting crews, followed by 4 days off. While out with crews, they mentor budding leaders, provide technical advice & training, and role model the grit & initiative they expect from their AmeriCorps crews. If teaching people new skills, ensuring high standards, sleeping under the stars, and getting down in the dirt sound like your kind of job, keep reading…

 

Dates

Virtual Leader Training: 12/14/2020 – 12/18/2020          

Leader Planning Period: 1/4/2021 – 1/8/2021

Leader Onsite Member Training Prep: 1/10/2021 – 1/15/2021

Members Dates: 1/17/2021 – 5/22/2021

Leader Wrap-Up Dates: 5/23/2021 - 5/29/2021

 

Position Summary: 

The California Leadership Corps is a leadership development program designed to offer members the opportunity to gain leadership experience as they tackle challenging conservation projects all over the state of California.  Project Leaders will work together to train, mentor, oversee, and support a community of Corps Members throughout an 18-week field season.  Working closely with SCA’s agency partners, Project Leaders will manage a portfolio of projects that the Corps Members will complete over the course of the season.  Project Leaders will ensure that members are meeting project goals, maintaining SCA and agency partner safety standards, and communicate project needs to both agency partners and SCA staff.