Ranger Corps

An SCA intern on Interpretive duty at one of the many historical sites

Program Dates:
May 16-Late November

Number of members:

Application review begins:
Late January 2017

To Apply: 
Click here

The Allegheny County Parks system, comprised of nine parks covering more than 12,000 acres, is a regional treasure enjoyed by more than 11 million visitors annually. The parks ring the City of Pittsburgh along the highway route of the orange belt, at a radius of about 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. For the 2017 season SCA will be placing 18 rangers in Allegheny County Parks.

Rangers are responsible for two main duties. One is engaging and promoting responsible recreation by designing and delivering interpretative ranger walks. In the past seasons this has taken the form of foliage walks, cultural programing, skins and skulls tabling, orienteering, survival skills, fire side chats, astronomy, and whatever else the rangers are passionate about.

The other main task of the of the position is monitoring the state of the parks and how they are being used outside of scheduled programs. Rangers will walk trails and rove high use areas to find out what park users want from their parks, as well as document any human or natural issues they see.

Applicants must be

  • at least 21 years old
  • able to pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check 
  • Prefer background in outdoor skills, teaching or leadership experience and/or natural science degree
  • Have regular and reliable access to a vehicle for commuting purposes


  • $250/week living stipend
  • Housing allowance
  • Commuting allowance

Paid Training Opportunities may include:

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • CPR
  • Verbal Judo
  • plant and animal identification
  • 1 week Ranger School

For more information contact: Emily Palmer