Winter 2022 Conservation Corps Teams

Expected Dates
October 13, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
SCA’s Conservation Corps Teams will be working with multiple state and federal partners throughout the US. Conservation work projects may focus on one or more of the following areas: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, desert restoration and fuels reduction for wildfire/wildlife management. Members of these Corps Teams should be prepared to camp through the summer and face the challenges of weather, insects and wildlife typical of strenuous outdoor work. Project schedules, partner sites, and length of service will vary throughout the season depending on exact service location.

Program Overview:
Members of this team should be prepared to camp at front country campsites. Campsite amenities vary and cell/internet service may be limited. The team may also stay at SCA or Partner provided housing at some sites.

Teams will consist of one Project Leader and four to five Corps Members.  These teams of five or 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.

Strong member candidates will have a background in hands-on outdoor work with a degree or experience in forestry, biology, environmental science, or similar natural resource field. In addition to having strong conservation work skills, we are looking for hardworking members who are responsible, excel in a team environment, and are emotionally mature.

Team placements for the Winter Season will be dispersed across the US at locations that may include CA,AZ,NV,NM,FL,NC,SC,TX etc. All team members will receive SCA and skills training at the start of the season.

Applications received by November 1, 2021 will be given priority hiring. 

Program Dates - Training and project work length may vary depending on service location 
  • January 17 - 28: Team member training
  • January 31 - May 8: Project work 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • 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;
  • Coursework or degree in  forestry, biology, environmental science, or similar natural resource field
  • Experience operating various types of forestry equipment in a safe and efficient manner (chainsaws, power tools, two-way radio, etc.);
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
  • Positive communication skills and ability to work with a team

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record (MVR) that meets SCA standards required;
  • 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;
  • Ability to safely perform manual, physical labor for up to 8-10 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.

Team Member Benefits: 

  • $300/week living allowance*
  • $650 travel allowance*
  • Uniform items
  • Housing/camping and field-based meals
  • Wilderness medicine training
  • AmeriCorps Education Award eligibility
  • Depending on the length of the position team Members may receive Public Land Corps Hiring Authority eligibility (once position is completed, team members will be earn PLC certificates that can be used for Federal job applications for two years)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes. May vary depending on exact placement location.

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 below to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 

SCA COVID-19 Managment Plan

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  • Conservation Work Skills
    May include - Chainsaw, LNT, 4x4 Driving, Cross-Cut Saw, Herbicide Application
  • Leadership Developement
    Outdoor Living
    Team Working Environment
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
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Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
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Field Research
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience