Philadelphia, PA

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

It was 2009 when SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Philadelphia.  By 2012, we had launched our programming in Camden, New Jersey.  Based out of an office at the John Heinz National Widlife Refuge, we run both summer and school year programs for high school students in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Since that first year, hundreds of youth have been engaged in our programming.  Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of our local schools, environmental organizations, youth development agencies, community leaders and partners, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities and transformative experiences to young people each year.


Program Overview:
The Philadelphia Community Program provides opportunities for high school youth to connect with the outdoors and learn more about the world around them all year round.  Whether you’re looking for places to volunteer or would like join our paid service crews, we have plenty of opportunities for you.  Each season our members work to restore and revitalize our many treasured community spaces and public lands.  While addressing the conservation challenges of the region, our students explore green careers, build new job skills, and participate in outdoor recreation and camping adventures.


Now Recruiting For…

The 2019 Community Summer Program!
Are you looking for something to do this summer?  Have you ever wondered about the world around you?  Would you like to be a part of a team?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining us this summer for a full season of outdoor service and education!  You can be a part of a program that promotes youth leadership, conservation ethics, and hands-on learning.  This summer you can find our members at sites in and around the Philadelphia region.  We hope to see you there!

Project work could include: urban gardening, invasive species removal, small construction projects, trail building, park maintenance, and more!

Top 5 Reasons to Join:

  1. Earn an hourly wage and develop important job skills
  2. Enhance your resume and/or college applications
  3. Engage in meaningful community work that really makes a difference
  4. Make new friends and have new experiences
  5. Learn new conservation work skills and the science behind environmental issues

Ready to apply today? Click here to create an account!

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Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2019
Final Application Deadline: May 13th, 2019



To Qualify for Philadelphia Programs:

  • At least 15 and currently enrolled in high school
  • Live in the Philadelphia/Camden, NJ area
  • Willing to try new things and work in a team environment
  • Interested in learning more about nature and our communities
  • Ability to be professional and maintain a positive attitude


Volunteer With Us!

Not sure where to start? Join us out in the field for special events and projects all throughout the year!  Volunteers are an integral part of protecting and preserving our public lands for future generations.  You can help make a difference in your community today.  Sign up to receive updates about our volunteer opportunities.  We’ll see you out there!



Questions? Please contact the SCA Philadelphia office at 215-756-2279 or email [email protected]

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