SCA Conservation Work Skills

Becoming a Conservation Work Skills Instructor

The roots of Conservation Work Skills began with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the traditional skills that they employed to work on projects that are still in place today. As staff in our federal lands retire, there is a need to replace these traditional skills. As a result, SCA created a training program to ensure that our teams had the proper skills to do lasting, impactful work in our national public lands. Training programs have been run a few different ways over the years, but SCA continues to provide these vital skills with our Conservation Work Skills (CWS) training. A large portion of SCA alumni find themselves working in the federal land management system and much of that is the result of the training SCA provides to our members and partners. However, the success of CWS training depends on recruiting high quality instructors. Joining this process allows you to step into the conservation lineage of our nation’s public lands.

Once a person has the confidence and competence to teach CWS subjects they may apply to become an apprentice. Apprenticeships are an important part of the SCA Conservation Work Skills history. Serving as an apprentice allows SCA staff to become more familiar with you and the specific skill sets you bring to the SCA Conservation Work Skills program.

Pertinent Work Experience

Traditionally, Conservation Work Skills has focused on trail building and maintenance. We are now including other skill sets that are valuable to SCA, our leaders, and partners. Examples include:

  • Trail Building & Maintenance
  • Plant identification and invasive species mitigation
  • Carpentry
  • Historic preservation
  • Environmental education
  • Wildfire training
  • Chainsaw
  • Crosscut
  • Rigging
  • Et cetera

Application Process:

  1. Submit a resume and cover letter
    • Must include pertinent work history in related conservation work
    • Must include at least 2 professional references (may include SCA staff)
    • Must possess at minimum Basic First Aid & CPR certification (WFA or WFR preferred in some areas)
  2. Application reviewed by SCA Safety & Training Staff
  3. Approval for an SCA certified apprenticeship by SCA Safety & Training Staff
  4. Register and complete a basic application on
  5. Pass background checks
    • SCA background check
    • MVR check required if driving an SCA vehicle (owned or rented)

To Submit Your Application:

You can submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Your application materials will be reviewed by the Safety and Training team. If the necessary requirements are met, this group will then recommend the appropriate apprentice track that fits your background and skills. Qualified applicants must attend the entire track to be considered for a position.

Upon the successful completion of the apprenticeship process you will be granted SCA Work Skills Instructor status and have the ability to work for SCA in the SCA Conservation Work Skills program.

If you have questions about the apprentice or conservation work skills instructor positions, please use the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you.