The Student Conservation Association

SCA Excelsior Corps Project Leader

Job Description

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leader to supervise a team of 10 corps members responsible for completing habitat and cultural resource restoration, trail projects, sustainability projects or GIS mapping with the SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps program housed out of the SUNY Morrisville Campus. 

Primary Responsibilities:

-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning, tools & equipment, vehicles
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
-Manage the quality & technique of the work performed
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential]
-Manage relationship with agency partner
-Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work project
-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 trail construction experience and the 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
-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
-GIS or green construction experience a plus

Compensation: Salary $540 per week, paid biweekly. Meals and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided for backcountry work projects

Contact Person

Susan Minor

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To Apply: Click link 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 “SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps: Project Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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