Tuition Crews

“If you’d gone on to tell me that seven weeks into this internship I would be chainsaw-, bear spray-, and first aid/CPR-certified, know how to fix power tools, sharpen chains, axes, and Pulaskis, bark trees, and would even have used a nail gun to install the decking of a bridge, I would have called you crazy. But this is what an SCA internship entails - gaining an abundance of knowledge over a short amount of time in order to do vital, necessary conservation work.”

Looking for an amazing summer experience to take your conservation and leadership skills to the next level and have a ton of fun? SCA Tuition Crews may be for you!

Tuition Crews:

  • Cost $3000 per participant
  • Include 8 to 10 high school aged members per crew
  • Duration 3 to 5 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Choose from spectacular locations
  • Complete conservation projects

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is 15 to 18 years old on the start date of the crew
  • Is committed to the mental and physical effort needed to learn new skills in a demanding environment
  • Has the pre-requisite skills in camping and conservation work (varies by position)
  • Is interested in building their skills in teamwork, leadership and problem solving

2018 Tuition Crew Locations:

Chugach National Forest Cordova Crew, Alaska

The Chugach National Forest in south central Alaska includes extensive shorelines, glaciers, forests and rivers, much of which is untouched by roads or trails. It is also home to numerous bird, mammal and marine species, including extensive shorebird habitat and a bald eagle population larger than the contiguous 48 states combined. What a great place to spend a month - June 18 to July 16 (4 weeks) - in the middle of the summer!

  • Dates: June 18 to July 16 (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Enthusiasm, ability and willingness to work hard
  • Application Code: PO-00725339
  • Boys: FULL
  • Girls: FULL
  • The crew will arrive in Cordova, Alaska, a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River on the east side of Prince William Sound, on June 18th. The crew will be based out of the 13 mile campground and travel daily to the worksite on the Ibeck Creek trail where they will perform streambank restoration. The crew will also get to volunteer and participate in the annual Salmon Jam festival at the end of their crew before departing from the Cordova Airport on July 16th.

SCA-NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 1, Olympic National Park, Washington

This summer, SCA and NatureBridge are teaming up to offer positions on two crews that will experience a one-of-a-kind combination: conservation and marine science. Enjoy three weeks on the coast (Crew 1 from 7/1 to 7/20/2018, Crew 2 from 7/29 to 8/17/2018) sleeping under the stars in the Pacific Northwest at Olympic National Park in Washington. You’ll hike 5-10 miles each day over varied terrain (including rocky and sandy beaches), carrying everything you need in a large backpack. You and your team will also learn basic backpacking and wilderness skills, develop a deeper understanding of marine ecology and natural history, and forge lifelong friendships.

  • Dates: July 1 to July 20 (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backpacking experience; ability to hike 3 to 10 miles per day on sandy beach terrain
  • Application Code: PO-00725512
  • Open Spots: FULL
  • The SCA - NatureBridge Marine Science Exploration Crew is focused on Leadership, Service, and Scientific Research. While participating on this crew, members can expect to challenge themselves physically and mentally by navigating rugged coastline, monitoring and removing marine debris on foot, and applying scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystem within Olympic National Park. Days will be long and rewarding, and participants could experience anywhere between 3 to 10 miles of arduous coastal backpacking and should expect to pack gear and food to a new campsite every day. Since the crew may encounter inclement weather throughout the trip, an alternative packing list will be provided. This program will be great for a budding scientist and help participants take steps towards being leaders in the conservation field.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spans the Continental Divide and include mountains, alpine lakes and a wide variety of wildlife within various climates and environments, from wooded forests to mountain tundra. Come enjoy summer temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s and trails, wildlife, starry nights, and adventures with SCA!

  • Dates: July 15 to August 12 (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful experience in backcountry camping required; previous trail work experience preferred
  • Application Code: PO-00725333
  • Open Spots: 2 spots remaining
  • The crew will work closely with and under the guidance of the National Park Service Trail Crew staff assisting with construction, maintenance and improvement of the park trails on the West side of the Park. Crew Members will install rock and log trail structures such as water bars, retainer bars, culverts, turnpikes, retaining walls and bridges. Also, they’ll improve the trails by brushing trail corridor, maintaining and cleaning water diversion structures, removing trail berm and removing down trees from the trail. The Crew will be building trails, conserving vital habitats, and protecting natural resources for future generations.

SCA-NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 2, Olympic National Park, Washington

This summer, SCA and NatureBridge are teaming up to offer positions on two crews that will experience a one-of-a-kind combination: conservation and marine science. Enjoy three weeks on the coast (Crew 1 from 7/1 to 7/20/2018, Crew 2 from 7/29 to 8/17/2018) sleeping under the stars in the Pacific Northwest at Olympic National Park in Washington. You’ll hike 5-10 miles each day over varied terrain (including rocky and sandy beaches), carrying everything you need in a large backpack. You and your team will also learn basic backpacking and wilderness skills, develop a deeper understanding of marine ecology and natural history, and forge lifelong friendships.

  • Dates: July 29 to August 17 (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backpacking experience; ability to hike 3 to 10 miles per day on sandy beach terrain
  • Application Code: PO-00725511
  • Boys: 3 spots remaining
  • Girls: 3 spots remaining
  • The SCA - NatureBridge Marine Science Exploration Crew is focused on Leadership, Service, and Scientific Research. While participating on this crew, members can expect to challenge themselves physically and mentally by navigating rugged coastline, monitoring and removing marine debris on foot, and applying scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystem within Olympic National Park. Days will be long and rewarding, and participants could experience anywhere between 3 to 10 miles of arduous coastal backpacking and should expect to pack gear and food to a new campsite every day. Since the crew may encounter inclement weather throughout the trip, an alternative packing list will be provided. This program will be great for a budding scientist and help participants take steps towards being leaders in the conservation field.

How to apply:

  1. Complete an SCA National/Regional Crew Application
  2. On the Home Page in your MySCA portal, enter the Application Code(s) above for your top-choice location(s)
  3. Make sure that you meet the pre-requisites for the position(s) you are applying for

Admissions Process

  • Selected candidates will receive an email offer with the dates and location of their position
  • You will have the opportunity to accept or decline the offer
  • If you accept, you will receive:
    • Medical Form
    • Conditions of Acceptance Form
    • Member Handbook Acknowledgment Form
    • Tuition payment information
    • Location information for planning your travel to the site
  • Candidates who are not selected will be informed via email

SCA Tuition Crew Refund Policy

If the participant withdraws from the position after a payment has been made, you (the adult participant or guardian of the participant) must notify SCA via email at [email protected] to request a refund. You will receive an email message from SCA confirming receipt of your refund request. For all Tuition crews in any location, if you cancel or leave for any reason: 

  • 30 calendar days or more prior to the program start date, SCA will issue a full refund to the participant
  • Between 15 and 29 calendar days prior to the program start date, SCA will retain 25 percent of the program tuition
  • Between 8 and 14 calendar days prior to the program start date, SCA will retain 50 percent of the program tuition
  • Less than 8 calendar days prior to the program start date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds