2019 California Roving Leader Team- ALUMNI ONLY (hiring pool)

Expected Dates
March 29, 2019 to May 5, 2019
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
Did you have a fantastic time on a crew this year and are you looking for more? SCA Leader Teams offer opportunities for alumni SCA Leaders and adult Corps Members to build trails, conserve vital habitats, and protect natural resources for future generations during the off-season. Develop your leadership and outdoor skills further while doing important work alongside your peers.

Program general details:
  • Leader Teams include 2 to 5 members per team with 1 leader per team and serve for 2-12 weeks in the spring and fall.
  • Locations: Los Padres National Forest, CA; Mark Twain National Forest, MO; Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, SD; and Allegheny National Forest, PA 

California Roving Leader Team- specific details:

  • Number of weeks: 5 weeks
  • Team Member dates: 3/29/19  –  5/5/19
  • Team Size: This is a 4 member, 1 leader Leader Team
  • Project details: The team will serve in two locations with two non-profit partners: the Central Coast Motorcycle Association where they will work on the Los Padres National Forest and the UC McLaughlin Reserve north of Lake Berryessa. Both will involve mostly trail work. Projects may include: restoration of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes, data surveys of wilderness study areas, trail maintenance or construction projects, building rock erosion control structures, water damage repair, facilities maintenance, fence construction or repair, and invasive species monitoring and/or removal. The team should be prepared for hard physical labor in difficult terrain with a wide range of weather conditions. Anticipated crew project schedule and locations: March 29 - April 13:  Los Padres National Forest (2 weeks); April 15 - May 3: McLaughlin Reserve (3 weeks).
    Field-life is rugged, and while in the field, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while serving in the field, this program is alcohol free. The crew’s housing will vary depending on the options available at their project sites. Members should be prepared to camp for much of this program. Occasionally, projects may require the crew to backpack into Wilderness Areas. 
  • Housing: Camping at Los Padres, McLaughlin details pending (most likely camping)

Members will:

  • Complete high-priority and technical trail maintenance and site restoration projects in national, regional, state, or local parks across the country
  • Develop and hone leadership and conservation work skills while working alongside their peers
  • Practice outdoor skills and Leave No Trace principles
  • Live in park provided housing or in tents on site

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • *Must have recently led either a Community, National or Corps team OR participated on an adult Corps (alumni only)
  • Should be willing to work/live in both frontcountry and backcountry settings
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and/or responsibility
  • Possess trail skills relevant to the project
  • Have positive reviews from Program Manager and Agency Partners


  • Members receive a weekly stipend of $280/week
  • Room and board
  • Travel to/from the site up to $650.00
  • One time $200 uniform stipend for most positions

How to apply:

  • Complete the online SCA LEADER application
  • If you already have an SCA LEADER application, update your dates of availability, certifications, and resume for 2019
  • Email [email protected] with “LEADER TEAMS” in the subject line and your regional preferences so we may review your application

Visit the Leader Teams page for more details!

  • You will learn your specific location when you receive your crew assignment.
  • Recreational opportunities abound during off-time, and are mostly focused on outdoors activities.
  • Chainsaw may be needed on a limited number of crews
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience