The Student Conservation Association

SCA Alaska Corps Project Leader

Job Description

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire a team of 5 young adult participants in the completion of conservation projects throughout the state of Alaska. Typical projects include trail maintenance and construction, exotic plant management, fuels reduction and habitat restoration. Teams will be assigned multiple projects over the course of the season, requiring Project Leaders to handle complex logistics while maintaining a high level of work ethic and engagement on their team. Projects require a variety of conservation work skills and willingness to endure challenging work environments where rain and mosquitoes are common.

Primary Responsibilities:
Day-to-Day Crew Management
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, and vehicles
-Actively handle any behavioral and crew dynamics issues as they arise, in coordination with Program Staff
-Promote leadership development within the team and evaluate success & potential
-Maintain professional and consistent communication with Program Staff

Member Training & Project Oversight
-Assist Program Staff in Corps Member Training in late May
-Collaborate with agency partners to oversee project quality and quantity
-Manage tools and equipment assigned to the team, including maintenance throughout the season
-Work with Program Staff and agency partners on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

-Complete required program reporting and documentation
-Assist Program Staff in budget management and reconciliation
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies and procedures
-Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: April 8-16
-Current First Aid certification & CPR required by the start of training
-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
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
-Experience in Alaskan environment preferred

Compensation: $545 weekly salary depending on experience & program length

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 “Project Leader: Alaska Corps” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

SCA Is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

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