The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Minor

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

Address: 1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94945 United States

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA Southwest Trails Team - Project Leader

Job Description: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire four students for the Southwest Roving Team.

The Southwest Roving Team is a unique opportunity to serve on projects in two of the American Southwest’s most iconic national public lands, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Yosemite National Park. After two weeks of training, the team will travel to serve on a trail project in Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a two month project. Then the team will transition to Yosemite National Park where they will work on projects involving conifer removal (80% of the project) in a native oak grove and pollinator habitat restoration projects (20% of the project).

During field based hitches of up to 10 days in length, the crew will live and work out of tent camps in close proximity to worksites. Occasionally, projects may require the crew to backpack into Wilderness Areas. Field-life is rugged, and while on hitch, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and tobacco free. Members will typically have 3-5 days off between hitches.

Corps Member Program Dates: July 30th – November 19th 2017

Leader Program Dates: July 16th – November 22nd 2017

Position Summary:
Responsible for daily management and supervision of a Conservation Corps program either in a backcountry or frontcountry site with members 18 & older. Manage member and group safety and development while working on conservation projects. Represent SCA on-site and coordinate with Agency partner on designated project(s).

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager Functions
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles
-Assist and train corps members in the conservation skills necessary for the project

Technical Advisor Functions
-Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-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 work projects

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

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to work in the US
-Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: July 16, 2017 – July 29, 2017
-Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification
-Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18), teaching in an educational environment a plus
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening)
-Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
-Excellent communication and leadership skills, strong work ethic are required
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Compensation: $545 per week

Job Start Date: 7/16/2017

Application Deadline: 6/30/2017

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile and complete both the basic and Leader Applications when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 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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