Field Leader FAQ

I’m 19, and I really want to become an SCA Field Leader. What’s out there for me?

SCA offers Apprentice Crew Leader positions to a select group of SCA Alumni of our National and Community programs. If you are 19 or 20, have a strong interest in becoming an SCA Field Leader when you turn 21, and have been on an SCA program as a high school student, email [email protected] for more information.

Consider also applying for a position as a Conservation Corps intern. Corps members get a jumpstart on building the skills that prepare you for SCA leadership once you turn 21.

Does the SCA have any positions in the off-season(fall/winter/spring)?

Yes! SCA has Project Leader positions that run year-round, as well as school-year positions for Community Leaders in select cities around the country. Check out our list of current openings. SCA also has professional development opportunities for Field Leaders including:


  • Leader Teams - Serve on a team with fellow SCA Field Leaders to complete important conservation projects.
  • Service Events - Represent the SCA by leading service events in communities around the country.
  • Trainings - American Canoe Association Instructor Trainings, WFR certifications, rock workshops, crosscut sharpening certification courses, and more are offered in the off-season for interested SCA Field Leaders.
  • Scholarships - SCA offers several scholarship opportunities to attend conferences and other courses to keep you moving forward in your conservation career.

Most professional development opportunities require that you have worked as an SCA Field Leader previously or have been a member on an SCA Corps program, so get crackin’! Contact [email protected] with any questions.

How do I know if I'm qualified for a Field Leader position?

Field Leaders need to have 4 basic qualifications: outdoor experience (or the desire to work outdoors), conservation work experience (or a desire to learn!), experience working with youth or young adults, and demonstrated leadership experience. Qualifications like medical certifications and specific project skills needed can be found on the individual Field Leader position job announcements. If you don’t have enough experience, try looking into our Conservation Corps program. These internships will give you all the trainings and skills you need to be a great SCA Field Leader.