Members of this team should be prepared to camp for the duration of the season. Campsite amenities vary and cell/internet service may be limited. Teams will practice Leave No Trace, or minimal impact, camping techniques. The team may also stay at SCA- or partner-provided housing at some sites. You can expect to be more than 1 hour from services at various times throughout your program. Terrain could include boreal forest, rainforest, or tundra.
Teams will consist of one Project Leader and three to five Corps Members. These teams of four to six will remain together for the entirety of the season. Team members should be ﬂexible, willing to share space with their team, and invested in their personal and professional growth.
Members will be willing to build community with their team, work through interpersonal conﬂict, and be ﬂexible with changing schedules. In addition, they need to be willing to engage in strenuous physical, outdoor work skills. Members must be willing and able to live and work with their team for the duration of the season.
Team placements for the Alaska Corps will vary across the state. A team may serve in the same location for the duration or move to multiple partner locations (up to four) throughout the summer. All team members will receive SCA and work skills training at the start of the season. At minimum, a team will serve for 12 weeks plus two weeks of training. Teams may serve up to 20 weeks in the field depending on schedules (which will be set prior to position placements).
All members must be AmeriCorps eligible and enrollment is required for acceptance into the position.
Program Dates - Training and project work length may vary depending on service location
- May 16*: Team member training
- May 30- September 30*
*Date may vary depending on project and partner site
- Engage as a crew member to promote healthy group dynamics, and promote effective and productive teamwork;
- Work variable hours (long days and/or weekend), at remote locations, on diﬃcult and hazardous terrain, in varying weather conditions, and under physically demanding circumstances;
- Live and work with the same crew for the duration of the season;
- Use technical equipment including a chainsaw, power tools, and hand tools.
Strong candidates will have the following knowledge, skills, experience:
- Experience working in an outdoor setting;
- Positive communication skills and ability to work with a team;
- Resiliency skills;
- Ability to take initiative;
- Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
- Ability to safely perform manual, physical labor for up to 8-10 hours per day, be exposed to the elements, and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
- Have ability to legally work in the US;
- Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards;
- Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record (MVR) that meets SCA standards required for members over 21 and interested in driving SCA vehicles;
- Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine or receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.
Team Member Benefits:
- $250/week living allowance;*
- $1000 travel allowance;*
- Camping and meals for the duration of the season;
- Wilderness medicine training;
- AmeriCorps Education Award eligibility
- Some positions may be eligible to receive Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Eligibility
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic. Please review SCA’s COVID-19 Management Plan to learn more about how our teams will be operating in the field.
Alaska Corps Teams may work in one or more of the following areas; Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Tongass National Forest, Glacier Bay National Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Members will attend SCA’s Corps Member Orientation, Conservation Work Skills Training, and Wilderness First Aid. Only members on crews using chainsaws will receive chainsaw training.
Recreational opportunities abound during off-time, and are mostly focused on out of doors activities. Activities range from off-trail hiking and backpacking to fishing and cabin trips. Many towns in Alaska have summer festivals and community events.
SCA Conservation Work Skills Training, Wilderness First Aid Training, and Exposure to Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics, Chainsaw Training
- some experience
- some experience
- some experience
- Hand Tools
- competent with supervision
- Trail Maintenance
- some experience