San Francisco Bay Area

SCA fielded its first community conservation program in the Bay Area in 1977. Since that first year, hundreds of youth in the Bay Area region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to various park partners, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Bay Area young people each year.

The SCA Bay Area Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running June through August). The Bay Area Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends during the school year program, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime. Programming is based out of our offices in Oakland and Menlo Park, CA. Members serve at sites in the greater Bay 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. 

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

Trainings Offered: 

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

2013-2014 school year crew members completed various work projects including:

  • 7,877 feet of trail maintained
  • 9 check steps installed
  • 8 drain dips built
  • 61,354 square feet of invasive plants cleared
  • 116 square feet of garden mulched and composted
  • 2 campsites mulched and weeded
  • 1,487 feet of social trails closed off
  • 4 bags of trash collected


Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be 15-19 years old, able to demonstrate financial need, and able to commit to all program dates. Other requirements vary by position.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in the Bay Area, email [email protected].

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


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