Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps

9 Month Young Adult Vocational Training Program

Find your place in the green industry by joining the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. Over the course of 9 months, participants will work in State Parks, Forests, and other outdoor space to complete hands on conservation and recreation projects. Get real world skills to help you pursue a rewarding career in the green industry and beyond. In a season with the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps you will gain a strong understanding of how State Parks and Forests operate and acquire the skills it take to be industry ready.

Learn New Skills

Participants have the opportunity to gain numerous career-focused skills as well as participate in professional development opportunities and trainings. Typical skills gained may include:

  • Basic Carpentry and Construction Techniques
  • Hand Tools Competency
  • Trail Construction and Maintenance
  • Habitat Management Techniques
  • Basic Electrical Skills
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Wild land Firefighting
  • Environmental Education Opportunities
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Job Shadowing with Industry Professionals
  • Resume Review and Career Coaching
  • Goal setting

Start Your Career NOW

Upon completion of the program, members will have the necessary skills to pursue a variety of careers in the green sector and beyond. Below are just some examples of careers our members have moved in to:

Work at the DCNR

Private Sector

Government Agencies

- Laborer

- Semi-Skilled Laborer

- Clerk Typist

- Ranger Trainee

- Environmental Education Specialist

- Resource Ranger 1

- Arborist

- Outdoor Educator

- Construction and Trade Positions

- Grounds Keeper

- Forester

- Trail Crews

- Other Conservation Corps

- US Forest Service

- Fish and Boat Commission

- Dept of Ag.

- Game Commission


*Some positions require prerequisites or college credits to be eligible

2023 Position Details

Program Dates: March 20th - December 5th, 2023

*Member Training will take place from March 20th-March 29th

Crew Locations: Altoona, Dubois, Meadville, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport

*The Philadelphia crew will be a Roving Trail Crew

*Harrisburg will host a local crew as well as a Roving Resource Management Crew

Weekly Schedule:

Mon-Wed 7:00am-5:00pm

Thursday 7:00am-4:30pm

Roving Crew Schedule: 

8 days on with 6 days off (Monday-Monday)


$15.00/hr + benefits package

Interested candidates can follow this link to EXPRESS INTEREST or email Stephen Luteran [email protected] with your name and program city of interest.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 2023 Crew positions decision will not be made until after Jan 1. Additional positions may become available at any time during the field season. We do our best to backfill any positions that become available. Open positions are generally filled until the end of August.

Who Should Apply to be a crew member?

The PAOC is open to applicants between 18-25. From those looking for an alternative to traditional schooling to recent grads looking to gain field experience. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and situations. We look for those who are eager to learn and work on a team in the outdoors regardless of previous experience.

SCA recognizes that as an industry, there is much to do to increase representation in the field to reflect the communities we aim to serve. We also know that diversity of identities, experiences and ways of thinking result in better solutions for the communities we serve. For this reason, SCA especially encourages applicants from communities who experience systemic barriers—including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities—to apply for these positions.

2023 Project Leaders Needed!

Project Leaders train, supervise and administer PAOC crews as they work on a variety of outdoor conservation projects. Projects include: Trail Building and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, facility maintenance, construction and carpentry. Leaders coordinate with agency partners to plan and implement projects. Project Leaders manage safety, crew performance, and logistics in the field.

Project Leader Position Information:

Dates: Feb 27th - Dec 8th, 2023

Project Leader Training:  Feb 27th - March 10th, 2023

Typical Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00AM - 5:00PM *work may take place outside of these hours.

Compensation: $800 per week  + Benefits Package


  • Experience working with youth or young adults ages 18-30, teaching or environmental education a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred- i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/ or move 40 pounds or more
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

To Apply:

Please complete a Crew Leader Application via the MySCA website. Those with an existing crew leader application, please update your dates of availability and any other relevant information. Interested candidates are also asked to submit a resume and brief interest statement to Stephen Luteran at [email protected]

2023 Summer Youth Program

2023 Youth Crew Leaders - Now Accepting Applications

Please reach out and provide your resume directly to Vickery Lauro at [email protected]

Position Information

Locations: Altoona, Allentown, Bradford, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Hazelton, Pittsburgh, American Sign Language Inclusion (state-side recruitment), Ridgeway, Reading, Renovo, Chambersburg, Norristown, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Wellsboro, York 
Youth Leader Season: Monday, June 12 - Tuesday, August 15, 2023 
Training Dates: Mon, June 12 - Wed, June 21, 2023 
** Additional Program details and Youth Member information will be available after January 1, 2023. 

Contact Us

PA Outdoor Corps