For the first Wildlife hitch, the crew consisted of Josephine Gingerich and Tyler Garrett. This project is mostly active field biology on a range of species. For our first hitch we headed to the town of Leadore, ID, population 105. Originally a mining town (lead-ore), it is surrounded by vast sagebrush foothills, rife with wildﬂowers. This is habitat for the Greater Sage-grouse, a bird species that is a candidate for Idaho’s endangered species list. These birds have special locatiRead more
SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program
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Created in 2009, the SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the environmental conservation, natural resource protection, community stewardship, and workforce development needs of the communities surrounded by the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Central Idaho.
The program provides ﬁve-month internships to 28 individuals serving in the Salmon-Challis National Forest region of central Idaho. Members work with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees on a variety of conservation service projects throughout the area. During their service members gain outdoor leadership experience and multidisciplinary training in a variety of land management facets, which include studying forestry and fuel loads, rangeland management, wildlife management/biology, data collection using Trimble GPS units, and trail work. Members who successfully complete the program will be certified as Conservation Field Technicians by SCA.
Additionally, members of the Idaho Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certiﬁcations:
- Wilderness First Responder
- CPR Certiﬁcation
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Trail Skills
- GPS Training
- Defensive Driver Training
- Cross-Cut Sawyer
- Some members will receive Chainsaw Training, Rigging Systems, ATV Training, Arc Pad GIS training, Fisheries Surveys, Vegetation Surveys, Wildlife Habitat Assessments.
Through hands-on conservation service projects and professional trainings, SCA’s Idaho AmeriCorps program increases natural and cultural resource protection on public land throughout Idaho. Working primarily on the Salmon-Challis National Forest and surrounding Bureau of Land Management Lands in east-central Idaho, members will enhance their ﬁeld skills and career opportunities as well as impact rural Idaho communities through community outreach and volunteer engagement projects.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.
Members live in communal housing at a remote helibase deep in the forest. Most projects are ﬁeld-based hitches requiring members to camp out for up to 10 days at a time.
Interested in SCA Idaho AmeriCorps?
Contact: Tim Carroll [email protected]