SCA is Hiring a Temporary Leader Recruiting Assistant!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of youth conservation volunteers, has an exciting opportunity in our Program Department. America’s #1 youth conservation service organization seeks a Recruiting Assistant in our Oakland, California office. Depending on experience, alternate locations and/or telecommuting will be considered.

The Recruiting Assistant position will run from beginning of January through beginning of June. This position works as part of a team to assist in the operational and administrative aspects of all leader hiring and onboarding. This position ensures quality and consistency while implementing Innovation Engineering (IE) guiding principles.

Think you might be interested?  Review the full position description and apply here!

EarthCorps is Hiring!

EarthCorps brings together passionate and hardworking young adults from the US and countries around the world, for a yearlong environmental leadership training program in Seattle, Washington. The Program & Project Manager is a full-time, exempt position at EarthCorps. The position works with two distinct but collaborative teams and is responsible for:

  • Program Team: Coordinating and supporting EarthCorps’ new Specialist Program. EarthCorps Specialists are young adults who have conservation corps experience and a desire to serve in outreach, logistics, or field based positions. The Program & Project Manager will also assist with hiring of corps and specialist program members.
  • Field Team: Project development and coordination between EarthCorps and partner agencies/organizations; contract management; restoration design, materials acquisition, field leadership of crews; supervision of crew leaders and responsibility for maintaining safety standards and organizational goals of EarthCorps in all endeavors.

Read full description and apply at Priority consideration to applications submitted by January 9, 2018

Position Available at Washington Trails Association!

Washington Trails Association is seeking an individual who loves working with youth volunteers and is excited to practice Inclusive Leadership in everything they do. The Youth Trail Programs Associate is a full time position based in the Puget Sound area whose primary responsibility is leading and supporting youth volunteer trail maintenance work parties.  View the position description here.

To Apply:  Email a cover letter, resume and at least 2 references to Britt Le, Youth Programs Manager, at [email protected] Reference the job title “Youth Trail Programs Associate” in the subject line. Position is open until filled, with priority review beginning on January 2, 2018. Anticipated start-date is mid-February 2018.

Interested in becoming an SCA Work Skills instructor? Apply now!

SCA is seeking qualified Conservation Work Skills Apprentices!

Apprenticeships are an important part of the SCA Conservation Work Skills history.  Serving as an apprentice allows SCA staff to become more familiar with whom you are, and the specific skill sets you can bring to the SCA Conservation Work Skills program.  Interested individuals can read over the description of the Apprentice tracks and review the Apprentice track schedule.  Once a person has the confidence and competence to teach any of those subjects they may apply to become an apprentice.

To apply for an Apprentice Instructor position for 2017, you will need to submit the following:

  • A resume and cover letter
  • At least 2 professional references (may include SCA staff)
  • Indicate your connection & involvement with SCA

A minimum of Basic First Aid/ CPR Certification is required (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred for some sites).  In addition, you will need to pass a criminal background check & a Motor Vehicle Report review.  Qualified applicants must attend the entire track to be considered for a position in following trainings.

Please submit your application materials to:

[email protected]

Feel free to email [email protected]  with any questions you might have about the application process.

Introducing Tech Tips

Training doesn’t end when we head into the field each spring. It’s up to every one of us to continue our own professional development and to learn new skills that can be applied to being a successful outdoor leader. With help from the ETE (Education, Training, and Evaluation) department, we will continue to post informative articles and technical tips that will provide ways to expand your skills and knowledge. Find an archive of Tech Tips to come on our “Professional and Skills Development” tab in “The Sump” drop down menu.

Tech Tips #1: Here’s a great resource for trail construction and maintenance techniques from the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Trail Skills College. John Schubert, one of our senior Conservation Work Skills instructors authored much of the content. It’s available for use by anyone as long as credit is given to PCTA for the content.  Here’s a link


Please feel free to send your own Tech Tips submissions to Josiah Downey and we can get them posted for all to see!

Update Your Application for 2014! (Helpful Guide)

As we move into 2014, we here at SCA are already working towards the quickly approaching field season.  With the New Year, comes a new application.  With the new application comes a mandatory update, please  login to MySCA and get your “Basic Application Information” updated. Here’s a short workflow to help you through the process.

When you login, select “Update” for your Leader application.  Once inside you’ll notice all the tabs are red. 

Go through the red tabs and enter your information, the red denotes that it’s a required field.  After completing each section, be sure to hit the “Save” and then “Done” buttons. This should then turn the tab from red to blue.

Once you’ve updated your Basic Application Information, select the Leader tab to update your Leader Application. Remember to save and then submit your application when finished.

Hooray! You did it! When finished, make sure your Status Overview shows your Basic Application as well as your Leader Application as “Complete.”

If you have any questions or encounter trouble during this process, send us an email at [email protected] or just give us a call. We’re here to help.

Thanks for your continued patience!

The Field Leaders Department