SCA Missouri ACE Trails Team Project Leader

Job Description

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) SCA is America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced conservation leader to manage members for the Missouri Amy Corps of Engineers team for a 6 month period.

The SCA is fielding a crew of five members and one leader to monitor and demarcate the boundaries of management areas, perform trail work, and work on a thinning project to allow for the reintroduction of fire to the ecosystem. The project will require the use of a variety of hand tools as well as, brush cutters, chainsaws, herbicide application, surveying equipment, and Trimble GPS units. This crew will be the second SCA crew to work on this project. The SCA will provide crew housing in or around the West Alton, Il area.

Primary Responsibilities:
Crew Manager
-Ensure successful, quality, and timely work for a five person team.
-Guide crew dynamics and facilitate teamwork
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

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

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

Program Administrator
-Communicate with SCA field support staff
-Complete required program reporting and documentation
-Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

Compensation: $530-$560/week, paid biweekly

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Minimum 2 years prior experience supervising young adults in an outdoor setting
-Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: (4/21/16-4/30/16)
-Current First Aid certification & CPR required by the start of the training
-Experience working with young adults (ages 18-25), teaching in an educational environment a plus
-Experience with invasive plant management, preferred i.e. landscaping, gardening, seed collection, invasive plant removal, and plant ID.
-Ability to hike up to 4 miles per day and 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
-Ability to work and live in the outdoors exposed to the elements for extended periods of time
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Desired Skill Set:
-Current Wilderness First Aid or higher/CPR
-Previous work in conservation corps, environmental field work, or environmental education.
-Experience with herbicide use and backpack sprayers.
-S212 chainsaw certification, or Game of Logging certification

Contact Person

Sue Minor

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To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile, complete the Leader Application, and 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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