Regional and Urban Youth Programs

Since 1984, SCA has been connecting Seattle-area youth with hands-on conservation programs in Seattle and the greater Northwest region. Thanks to numerous public agencies, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to over 150 young people from the Seattle area each year.

“I learned that hard work pays off, because I was tired and worn out, but pushed myself to finish… It made me feel good inside.” — Member Thomas F.

SCA Northwest provides year-round conservation opportunities in and around the Pacific Northwest. With the support of our partners and donors, participants are able to:

  • Build trails and restore habitat on public lands
  • Explore green career opportunities and issues facing the environment
  • Build leadership skills as they work on a team of diverse peers
  • Learn about our local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects
  • Gain necessary skills and experience to enter green and public service career sectors

Programs are divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running June through August). Northwest Regional Programs offer both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends during the school-year and for 15-30 days during the summer, while paid, urban service programs run Monday-Friday during the summer.

Currently Accepting Applications For: 

Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps

SCA’s Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps will have crews of 12 high school students and 2 adult leaders taking part in conservation service work one weekend a month from January through May 2019. Crew members will work outdoors with other students, complete important service work, and learn about conservation, leadership and outdoor recreation. 

As a member of the 2019 Seattle Conservation Leadership Corps, you will: 

  • Earn 90 hours of community service!
  • Volunteer one weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday, January 2019 to May 2019
  • Attend one crew meeting (6-8pm) per month, January 2019 to May 2019
  • Do hands on service work such as ecological restoration, trail building, and urban farming
  • Explore issues related to conservation, environmental justice, social justice, and team-building
  • Take part in outdoor recreation such as backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and much more!
  • Go on a backpacking overnight May 4-5
  • Be provided with all gear you need to participate!
  • Participate for free!
  • Download the flyer here!


  • Must be at least 15 
  • Must be a current high school student

How to Apply

  • Complete the online SCA Basic Application
  • Complete the online SCA Community Application
  • Use Application Code: PO-00727169
  • Apply now!



Proud Partners include: City of Edmonds, NatureBridge, Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Green Seattle Partnership, BC Parks, City of Bainbridge Island, Green Tukwila Partnership, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, San Juan Island National Historic Park, Colville National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and more.

Interested in partnering with the SCA Northwest? Contact Patrick Stephens, Regional Partnership Director, [email protected]