The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Susan Minor

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

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

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA Excelsior Corps Project Leader

Job Description: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leader to supervise a team of 10-11 corps members as part of a Conservation Stewardship team. This team will be responsible for completing habitat and cultural resource restoration projects including invasive species removal, trail maintenance and construction projects, and campground maintenance projects with the SCA Excelsior Corps. 

SCA Excelsior Corps works in partnership with the NYS Governor’s Office, the NYS Commission on National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYS Environmental Facilities Corps and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The program will be housed out of the SUNY Morrisville Campus and will complete projects around the state of New York.

Program Dates: January 30, 2017 through November 26, 2017
Position Dates: Full Time, Year Round starting December 2016 or January 2017

Primary Responsibilities:
Crew Manager Functions-
-Lead and manage a crew of ten or eleven 18 – 25 year olds for 10 days in a row
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations including; food planning, tools & equipment, and vehicles
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor Functions-
-Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
-Manage the quality & technique of the work performed
-Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative Functions-
-Manage relationship with agency partner
-Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of projects

Program Administrator Functions-
-Assist SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator to complete required program reporting and documentation
-Assist SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator in budget management and reconciliation
-Assist SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator and Professional Development Coordinator with member recruitment and trainings
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures
-Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Previous invasive species management experience preferred
-Previous trail construction and maintenance experience preferred
-Prior experience in supervising young adults in an outdoor setting
-Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification
-Excellent communication and leadership skills, strong work ethic are required
-Self-starter ability to work independently and as part of a team
-Able 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 5-10 days per hitch
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Must have personal vehicle, mileage will be 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: Salary $540 per week, paid biweekly and eligible for benefits. Meals and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided.

Job Start Date: 12/30/2016

Application Deadline: 11/30/2016

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 leaders@thesca.orgwith “SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps: Project Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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