The Student Conservation Association

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.

Program Dates: 4/18/16 - 10/21/16

Primary Responsibilities:
-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
-Supervise and assist the outdoor work skills training of corps members
-Manage 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 within team and evaluate member success & potential
-Manage relationships with agency partners
-Work collaboratively with agency partners on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work projects
-Assist SCA Program Manager to complete required program reporting and documentation

-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 and AmeriCorps criminal background check (non-vulnerable population) 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: $545 per week, paid bi-weekly. Meals and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided for backcountry work projects.

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Sue Minor

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To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile, complete the basic and leader applications. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with “Adirondack, NY: Project Leader” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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