Washington, DC

The summer of 2022 marked the 26th anniversary of SCA programs in Washington, DC. To date, over 2,000 SCA high school students ages 15-19 from both urban and suburban neighborhoods in the capital region have built and maintained trails, constructed boardwalks, managed invasive species and completed countless other projects. Thousands more (ages 5-19) have participated in environmental education activities with SCA DC’s Urban Tree House Program and participated in community service projects in the region. For the past 20 plus years, with generous support from donors, the SCA has provided students from the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland the opportunity to serve their broader community by completing conservation projects in national, state, and regional parks and participating in valuable curriculum-based environmental education activities.

The SCA DC Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running January through May) and summer programs (this year running June through August). The Washington DC Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs typically occur on weekends year round, while paid service programs run Monday-Friday in the summertime, fall, and spring. Members serve at sites in and around the Metropolitan DC 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 camping trips, and complete community service projects. 

The DC Community Program also provides a valuable environmental education resource for youth in the Metropolitan DC Area. The Urban Tree House Program is the SCA’s environmental education center located in Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington, DC – a site generously provided by National Park Service’s National Capital Parks-East. For over 18years, SCA staff has provided free environmental education programs and activities for DC-area K-12 youth on a number of topics, including urban ecosystems and watersheds, waste and recycling, conservation and sustainability, environmental ethics, wildlife, and ecology. UTH programs include hands-on and interactive components to complement an active outdoor environmental curriculum.  

Training Offered: 

  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Project WET/Project WILD Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills
  • CPR

Key Partners:

  • D.C. Aquatic Resource Education Center (AREC) 
  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • National Capital Parks-East (NACE)
  • US Forest Service 
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Rails to Trails
  • Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission 

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and currently in high school or recently garduated to participate in high school programs. For our young adult programs applicants must be 18 years or age or older. Other requirements vary by position.

To contact SCA’s Community Program in Washington, DC, email [email protected].


Currently accepting applications for:

2022 NACE Youth Weekend Ambassador Crew

SCA’s 2022 NACE (National Capital Parks – East) Youth Weekend Ambassador Crew Program will consist of 8 SCA students and two adult Crew Leaders. Over a period of 12 weekend dates throughout September to June 2022-2023, the members will work on projects that create awareness about the Anacostia River Trail, Hiker-Biker Trail, and other park resources. Members will develop new skills through community outreach efforts, such as leading hikes and bike rides on the trail, engaging with other community groups. 

There will also be a large educational component to this program as members will gain background knowledge of the National Park Service (NPS), the history of the Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW), and Anacostia Parks. Members will learn about the NPS field of Interpretation, natural history, and cultural resources of project areas so that they are able to educate the public about them. Members will be challenged to develop creative and innovative ways to connect their neighborhoods to local NPS trails in SE Washington. Members will also have the opportunity to develop their mountain bike skills on the trail, with the end goal of providing a bike patrol resource to visitors of the parks, sharing information about the park and trails and sharing upcoming programs in the park to the general public. 


  • Must be a current high school student, living close to the park (primarily Wards 7 and 8 of Washington DC).  

  • Must be able to fully commit to program expectations and participation requirements. 

  • Must have some experience riding a bike. 

Work Schedule: 9AM – 3PM Saturday and Sunday on selected weekend dates

Pay Rate: Members will make $10/hour for 6 hours per day. 

2022-2023 Program Dates: 
1)    9/24 & 9/25 (Sep) 
2)    10/22 & 10/23 (Oct) 
3)    11/19 & 11/20 (Nov) 
4)    12/10 & 12/11 (Dec) 
5)    1/21 & 1/22 (Jan) 
6)    2/11 & 2/12 (Feb) 
7)    3/4 & 3/5 (Mar) 
8)    3/18 & 3/19 (Mar) 
9)    4/1 & 4/2 (Apr) 
10)    5/13 & 5/14 (May) 
11)    6/3 & 6/4 (June) 
12)    6/10 & 6/11 (June) 


How to Apply 

  1. Questions? Please contact [email protected]  

Program participants under 18 years of age are not required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, however, minor-aged participants are required to do symptom screening and wear masks in all public indoor settings. Visit the following website for more information: www.thesca.org/covid

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact [email protected].