The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Hannah Jo King

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

Address: 1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612 United States

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA Houston Blackhawk Park- Spring Project Leader

Job Description: Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local young adults for the Houston community programs.  

Program Dates: March 18th - April 27th
Leader Training Dates: March 11th- 15th (mandatory paid training) 

Primary Responsibilities:
As Crew Leader, you will guide and inspire a team of six young adults from the Houston, TX area. The crew will be working on projects such as invasive species removal, habitat restoration, and. Project monitoring and data collection will also be required throughout the season

Project scope: Prairie Restoration local Young Adult Team at Blackhawk Park (Houston Parks and Recreation Department).

Much of the Houston area was part of the historic prairie pothole ecosystem and many city parks have slowly been converted to non-native forest or mowed park land. Historic aerial imagery dating back to 1944 shows Blackhawk Park containing coastal prairie pothole habitat, which is now a critically endangered ecosystem. The project area is currently overrun by invasive plant species. These invasive species alter the ecosystem services and reduce the biodiversity of the habitat. By incorporating native coastal prairie habitat into the site, the project will increase the resilience of the landscape to natural weather effects, improve the quality of water flowing downstream sites, retain flood waters, and reduce erosion. Ultimately, this project will reduce sediment/nutrient loading and chemical pollution into Galveston Bay.

Specifically, the Crew Leader will:
• Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
• Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship 
• Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
• Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff

• Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus
• Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
• Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
• Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
• Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: March 11th- 15th
• Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
• Must have ability to legally work in the US
• Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
• Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
• Must have personal housing arrangements in the Houston area 

Compensation: $600/week total salary, full-time, paid training

Job Start Date: 3/11/2019

Application Deadline: 3/1/2019

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit to create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume and at least two (2) professional references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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