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SCA Conservation Leadership Corps doing clean up work from Hurricane Sandy

2015 NYC Conservation Leadership Corps

The Student Conservation Association is seeking passionate high school students ages 15-19 to join our Spring 2015 Conservation Leadership Corps! CLC members will meet for weekend and evening activities 2-3 times per month from January-May 2015. Upon completing at least 10 CLC outings in Spring 2015, members will be prioritized for placement on SCA’s summer crews in NYC and across the country.

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  • Visit beautiful parks and green spaces around NYC and learn about the natural environment in your own backyard.
  • Meet other students who share your passion for conservation service and the outdoors.
  • Build your resume with professional trainings, work skills, and leadership experience.
  • Log up to 100 hours of volunteer community service.
  • Upon completing at least 10 CLC outings in Spring 2015, receive priority placement in Summer 2015 positions on EITHER SCA’s paid community crews in NYC OR SCA’s National Crews at park sites across the country. 

Program Components:

  • ConSERVE NYC Events: Participate in SCA’s monthly ConSERVE NYC events, completing hands-on restoration work at park sites around the city and helping to engage members of the public in conservation service. ConSERVE NYC Dates: January 17, February 7, March 14, April 18, May 16
  • Weekend Recreational Outings: Go further afield to take part in special outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, and camping. Dates TBA
  • Evening Educational Activities: Attend special evening education activities at locations around NYC, such as workshops, tours, and visits to local green infrastructure sites. Dates TBA

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current high school student age 15-19
  • Passionate about conservation service and the outdoors
  • Available to attend at least 10 of the 15 activities offered in Spring 2015
  • Available to attend the first ConSERVE NYC event of the year on January 17th, 2015

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


Sandy Recovery Program

SCA fielded its first community conservation program in New York City and the Sandy Hook area of NJ in the summer of 2013, partnering with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area to provide a response to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 150 youth and young adults in the New York City metropolitan area participated in the program’s first year of programming, from spring through fall.

The SCA NYC Community Program provides conservation opportunities through the spring, summer, and fall, through both Leader Teams and high school conservation crews. Participants perform disaster recovery work, such as removing debris and sand, rebuilding fencing and trails, and restoring habitat – all while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects. Read more about the Sandy Recovery effort here.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities. Members are generally given a stipend for program involvement; this varies by program.

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.

Log in or sign up to start your application today!

To contact SCA’s Community Program in New York City, email

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!

Related Posts & Program Information

On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, SCA rallied almost 250 volunteers for our largest service event to date in NYC — joined by special guest U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

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On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.

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SCA’s Sandy Recovery crews wrapped up their first week on the job with an Environmental Education Day on Randall’s Island — a unique park and recreational space which sits at the confluence of the East River, the Harlem River, and Long Island Sound in New York City.

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This week, 118 high school students are headed into the field in New York City and New Jersey to help continue the storm recovery process after Hurricane Sandy.

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The Student Conservation Association has been a leader in the Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency efforts at City, State and National Parks around NY and NJ. Visit our NYC Recovery site to see where we’ve been working and how much we have accomplished in the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan Area.