Houston, TX

2020 Opportunities!

See below for details

Since the early 2000s, SCA has been fielding local community conservation programs in Houston. Since then, hundreds of local Houston youth have participated in SCA programs. These young people walked away with the knowledge of how to serve their communities through conservation service work as well as gained a strong connection to the great outdoors through environmental education.

The success of SCA programming in Houston is due in large part to SCA Houston’s many partners like Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWD State Parks, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park Conservancy, Bayou Preservation Association, the City of Houston, as well as countless local environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups.

SCA Houston Community Programs aim to build the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards by getting local Houston youth out into their community and environment to do hands-on service to the land. The programs aim to teach area young people how to:

  • work outdoors (volunteer service)
  • live outdoors (camping)
  • have fun outdoors (outdoor recreation activities like hiking, geocaching, kayaking, etc.)
  • love the outdoors (environmental education – connecting youth to their environment, empowering them with the knowledge to protect it)

SCA Houston Community Programs offer both volunteer and paid service opportunities. The School-Year Program is voluntary and occurs on weekends, from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. During the course of the School-Year Program, youth attend five camping weekends at parks and nature areas around Houston. Not only does each weekend feature an intensive conservation service project such as trail building, habitat restoration, or invasive species removal, but the crew members also participate in environmental education activities and outdoor recreation designed to instill a greater appreciation for the outdoors.

SCA Houston’s Summer Program is a service opportunity that occurs during the work week, from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. The participants work all over the Houston region and get the opportunity to serve with a number of local nonprofits as well as city, state, and federal agency partners. Each partner organization offers a specific long-term conservation project. For example, a crew might spend two weeks working clearing half a mile of new trail in Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, one week restoring dunes at Galveston Island State Park, and one week removing invasive species in Memorial Park. Additionally, four to ten hours a week is focused on environmental education discussions, educational field trips, and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Summer Program participants receive a stipend for their service work.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers while gaining knowledge of public land resources and local and global environmental issues. They significantly increase their understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques through hands-on experience. Finally, the participants acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

Trainings Often Offered: 

  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Trail Skills

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be 15-19 years of age and be enrolled in school. In order to participate in paid programs, applicants must be able to produce valid citizenship documents.

Applicants for the Community should direct their questions to Valeria De Casas [email protected] or (713) 520-1835.

SCA Houston Office

2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77098
[email protected]
O: (713) 520-1835
F: (713) 520-1562

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2020 Opportunities

Members of SCA Houston's Community High School Crew


SCA and Harris County Flood Control are looking for a detail- oriented, highly motivated, and independent conservation team to join the 2020 Harris County City Resilience Corps. The program will consist of 1 Project leader to 5 Conservation Team Members and  will be managed by the SCA Houston Program Manager. This team  will design and carry out restoration service projects and tasks in  operations and maintenance at various county green spaces during their term of service.

Responsibilities include vegetation management, brush clearing,  invasive species management, native prairie and tree planting,  herbicide application as well as other environmental services.  This will be an opportunity to interact with Flood Control project  managers, and other partnering professionals while exploring  new skills and undertaking tasks that will impart lasting benefits  to recreation sites.

Member Training: June 17 -19
Project: June 22 - July 10
Project Leader Training: June 1 -11, Harrisburg, VA
Project Leader Dates: June 15 - July 24 (Includes prep and wrap up time)


Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information.


The Student Conservation Association is currently accepting applications for Crew Leader positions for the 2020 Houston Conservation Leadership Corps. The Houston metropolitan area is a coastal city and an industrial region. It has a significant probability of being affected by natural and human-made disasters. The crew will work on trail building/ maintenance, invasive species removal, plant native grasses and  trees near a local bayou.

CREW LEADER DUTIES: Co-lead, supervise, transport, and mentor a team of 12 high  school youth, ages 14-19 for six weeks (Mon-Fri, 35 hrs/week). Complete an assortment of hands-on conservation and restoration projects within different areas on various project locations, and plan and lead weekly educational field days. Administrative and reporting duties are required as they relate to data management, photo documentation, and youth assessments. Crew Leaders will also be expected to facilitate a provided environmental education curriculum.

Program Dates:  June 29th - Aug 7th, 2020
Paid Crew Leader Training: Harrisonburg, VA: June 2nd – June 11th, 2020 (transportation will be provided)
Leader Prep: June 22nd - 26th, 2020
Leader Wrap up: August 10th - August 14th 2020


  • Complete leader application http://thesca.force.com/members/NewRegistration use application code; PO-00729985.
  • Email resume to Valeria Casas at [email protected]
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early as positions are filled on a rolling basis. Equal opportunity employer  promoting diversity in the environmental community.

Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information.


The Houston metropolitan area is a coastal city and an industrial region. It has a significant probability of being affected by natural and human-made disasters. Members ages 15-19 will be employed to work in a multitude of conservation projects for 6 weeks throughout the summer in diverse natural areas. The crew will work on trail building/maintenance, invasive species removal, plant native grasses and trees near a local bayou. Members will also engage in environmental education with a focus on cultural competency, arts, and outdoor recreation. Serving on this team, members will help impact their city’s green spaces that are critical to storm resiliency and local wildlife. The program composition will consist of 2 Crew Leaders ( 21+) and 12 Conservation Youth Crew Members and will be managed by the SCA Houston Program Manager.

Additional Member Responsibilities:

  • Fully engaging in all work projects and community activities
  • Communicating professionally with the public
  • Planning, implementing, and leading conservation service projects
  • Promoting safety and maintaining conservation values/ethics
  • Additional miscellaneous tasks supporting the project and community outcomes


  • Visit thesca.org, click ‘apply now and complete the ‘Community’ Application. Use application code: PO-00729984.
  • For questions, contact Valeria De Casas at [email protected] or call the SCA Houston office at 832.231.7285.

Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information.


SCA’s Urban Tree House (UTH) in partnership with the Houston Parks Board, provides free and memorable environmental education programs for Houston urban youth (K-12). It gives Houston youth the opportunity to have fun experiences in nature, become aware of their relationship with the environment, and participate in hands-on conservation projects.

UTH programs take place during in school hours, in the classroom and outside in parks/greenspaces near the school. The program supports the belief that increased community awareness and appreciation of the local ecosystem will create a stronger, cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful world. When students are given the knowledge, they need to make informed decisions and act in conscientious ways, they can make lasting positive impacts on their local environment and become lifetime stewards of their communities.

  • Students grades K-12
  • Groups with 10-40 students
  • Registration is FREE!

For more information, email: Kirsten Smirl at [email protected] or Valeria Casas at [email protected] or call 713.520.1835.

Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information.