Philadelphia, PA

SCA's Philadelphia Community Crew has helped hundreds of young people connect with our outdoor spaces and make a difference

SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2012 we launched our programming in Camden, New Jersey. We run both summer and school year programs from our main office located inside the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, visitors center. Since that first year, hundreds of youth in the Philadelphia region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Philadelphia and the City of Camden, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Philadelphia young people each year.

Program Overview:

The SCA Greater Philadelphia Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (running July through August). The Philadelphia Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, with some evening and weekend participation during the school year. Members serve at sites in and around the Philadelphia area. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects.  

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification       
  • Resume Building
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

Eligibility Requirements: 

Now Hiring:

Summer Employment Community Programs

High school students, you can make a difference this summer while getting paid! Here’s your chance to be part of a program that promotes youth leadership, conservation ethics and fun! The Student Conservation Association is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization which encourages and supports youth in hand-on service to the environment.

SCA’s Summer Conservation Community Crew Program will serve the Greater Philadelphia and Camden areas.

As a high school member of the Summer Community Crew Program you will:

  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills while working with 6 to 12 other high school students
  • Complete trail maintenance and Community park restoration projects
  • Learn about your local environment through field trips led by your Crew Leader
  • Explore green jobs and career opportunities that exist in your area
  • Plan and go on a recreational trip where you will learn outdoor skills and participate in activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking, and camping
  • Earn money
  • Work outdoors, Monday-Friday (up to 35hrs per week)
  • Transportation for youth will be provided daily to worksites
  • Work gear will also be provided to all students in the program

To Qualify:

  • Must be at least 15 before July 1st, 2017 and enrolled in high school
  • Eager to learn
  • Willing to try new outdoor activities
  • Live in the Philadelphia, PA and/or Camden NJ area
  • Have a positive attitude

TO APPLY: CLICK HERE

Questions contact the office: 215-756-2279 or [email protected]

Find us on Instagram: @sca_philly_camden  and Facebook: sca philadelphia/camden

Spring Weekend Community Restoration Program:

Our Community Weekend Restoration Program provides opportunities for local high school students to engage in revitalization projects in local neighborhoods. Youth will explore and learn how to protect our local public lands and waterways through hands-on service and education.

  • Projects: A variation of hands on projects such as gardening, invasive plant removal, construction, trail restoration, water restoration & vacant lot clearing
  • Who: High School Students, ages 15 to 18
  • Duration: 7 weekends
  • Pay Rate: Earn $40 per day (including tax)
  • Weekend Schedule: 8:30 to 3 p.m.
    March 18th and 19th - Mandatory Training
    March 25th and 26th
    April 1st and 2nd
    *April 8th and 9th- WEEKEND OFF
    April 22nd and 23rd
    April 29th
    *April 30th Sunday OFF
    May 6th and 7th
    *May 13th and 14th –WEEKEND OFF
    May 20th and 21st

TO APPLY: CLICK HERE

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