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 Visitors’ Center at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. 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 (October to June) and summer programs (July to August). The Philadelphia Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends in the spring, while paid service programs run in the summertime and on school year weekends. Members serve at sites in and around the Philadelphia/Camden 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: 

  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.
  • To contact SCA’s Community Program in Philadelphia and Camden, email [email protected] or phone: 215-756-2279

Now Recruiting For…

The 2018 Conservation Leadership Corps!

Are you curious about the world around you?  Would you like to make a difference in your community while being a part of a team?  Have you ever pictured yourself as a leader?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider joining the 2018 Conservation Leadership Corps in Philadelphia!  This year we will be working across the City of Philadelphia to complete a variety of hands-on conservation service projects while learning about our public lands.  Participants will receive job readiness training, enhance leadership skills, and go on three overnight camping trips in nearby state and national park systems!  

The fun doesn’t end there-  All participants that successfully complete the program will receive automatic acceptance into our Community Summer Program for full-time, paid positions!

Top 5 Reasons to Join:

  1. Automatic acceptance into our Philadelphia Community Summer Program—full-time, paid positions!… Or automatically qualify for our National High School Crews.
  2. Build on your resume, enhance your college applications, and complete over 75 hours of community service.
  3. Engage in meaningful work that actually makes a difference in our communities.
  4. Make new friends and be a part of a team.
  5. Become the leader you’re meant to be with our job readiness and conservation work skills training.
TO APPLY: Click Here

and the…

School Year Community Restoration Program!

Calling all high school students! Now is your chance to make a difference in your own backyard. You can be a 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 Community Restoration Program will serve the Greater Philadelphia/Camden area.

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

  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills while working on a team of up to 10 other high school students
  • Engage in menaingful community work to restore neighborhoods and support conservation
  • Learn more about your local environment through hands-on service and educational activities
  • Explore green jobs and a variety of career opportunities
  • Learn new outdoor skills and understand the application of conservation science
  • Earn an income


To Qualify for Philadelphia Programs:

  • At least 15 and currently enrolled in high school
  • Willing to try new things and have new experiences as a team player
  • Interested in learning more about the outdoors, nature, and the environment
  • Live in the Philadelphia, PA and/or Camden NJ area
  • Have a positive attitude and a great work ethic

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

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

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