The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Minor

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 Adirondack Corps Project Leader

Job Description: Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks experienced; quality oriented outdoor leaders to supervise a Corps of 18 members. 

Project Leaders are an integral part of the success of our teams and they will be expected to strive for proactive communication, create a culture of growth, and professionally represent themselves and SCA. The Project Leader position is filled with a diversity of tasks and responsibilities and offers a great opportunity to highly motivated candidates who are looking for an engaging and challenging atmosphere.  

Corps members are responsible for completing habitat restoration, resource protection, and trail projects throughout the 6 million acre Adirondack State Park. SCA Adirondack Corps teams will use traditional trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and hard labor to complete an array of projects. Typical projects have included, new trail construction, timber bridge construction, removal of invasive vegetation, fire tower restoration, historic building restoration, and trail maintenance. The program works in partnership with the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps).

Program Dates: April 16th – October, 20th 2018

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager-
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew interpersonal dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, and vehicles
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-Travel to backcountry work locations to support projects and camp with teams as needed

Technical Advisor-
-Supervise and assist with work skills training for corps members
-Mange the quality & technique of the work performed (e.g. trail improvement, carpentry, rigging, felling, stone and rustic timber construction projects, fire tower restoration at height)
-Actively manage risk in accordance with SCA protocols to maintain a safe work environment for program participants
-Promote leadership development of members and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative-
-Manage relationships and communication with agency partners
-Work collaboratively with agencies on project logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work projects

Program Administrator-
-Assist Program Manager to complete required program reporting and documentation
-Assist Program Manager in budget management and reconciliation
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures
-Represent SCA and AmeriCorps in a positive and professional manner

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Current Wilderness First Responder certification & CPR required
-Previous trail construction experience and knowledge and ability to perform trail construction and maintenance work in both wilderness and non-wilderness settings.
-Prior experience in supervising young adults in an outdoor, backcountry setting.
-Ability to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds and be able to work in outdoor environment exposed to the elements including camping and hiking for extended periods of time, up to 11 days
-Ability to access remote trail work locations and travel over rough, steep and rocky terrain
-Experience/certifications with chainsaw, rigging/griphoist, and carpentry preferred
-Have working knowledge of safely operating power and hand-tools
-Excellent communication and leadership skills, strong work ethic are required
-Self-starter ability to work independently, and as part of a team
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA and AmeriCorps criminal background check (non-vulnerable population) standards
-Must have personal vehicle, mileage reimbursed at $0.50/mile
-Have working knowledge of safely operating power and hand-tools
-Chainsaw experience and certification preferred
-Rigging/Grip hoist experience preferred
-Completion of an SCA Work Skills session preferred

Compensation: $730/week, paid bi-weekly, health insurance, dental. Meals and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided for backcountry work projects.

Job Start Date: 4/16/2018

Application Deadline: 3/15/2018

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit us at 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 & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with Project Leader: Adirondack, NY listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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