The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Hannah Jo King

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

Address: 1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612 United States

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA NY Excelsior Corps Project Leader – Surveying & Assessment

Job Description: Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks an experienced, quality-oriented leader to supervise a team of young adult AmeriCorps members for the Excelsior Corps- Surveying & Assessment Team. 

Program Dates: Flexible Start Date, position is year-round, full-time
Location: The program is currently based on the SUNY Brockport campus and will complete projects around the state of New York

Primary Responsibilities:
SCA Excelsior Corps works in partnership with the NYS Governor’s Office, the NYS Commission on National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYS Environmental Facilities Corps and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Among other environmental stewardship projects, the primary responsibility of this team will be completing GIS/GPS projects throughout the state of New York including invasive species mapping, culvert assessments, and utility mapping projects.

Specifically, the Project Leader will:
• Act as a Crew Supervisor, by:
o Leading and managing a crew of eight to ten 18–28 y/o AmeriCorps members for up to 10 days at a time, in an outdoor setting
o Leading and managing work outcomes and crew dynamics
o Facilitating team operations including; food planning, tools & equipment, and vehicles
o Actively managing project/member risks to maintain a safe work environment
• Serve as an Advisor, by:
o Supervising and assisting the work skills training of corps members
o Managing the quality & technique of the work performed
o Promoting leadership development within the team and evaluating success & potential
• Act as a Partnership Representative, by:
o Managing relationships with agency partners
o Working collaboratively with agencies on program logistics
o Ensuring successful and timely completion of projects
• Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by:
o Assisting the SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator to complete required program reporting and documentation
o Assisting the SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator in budget management and reconciliation
o Assisting the SCA Excelsior AmeriCorps Field Coordinator and Education and Outreach Coordinator with member recruitment and trainings
o Ensuring compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures
o Representing SCA in a positive and professional manner

• Experience supervising youth or young adults in an outdoor setting
• Excellent communication, leadership skills, and a strong work ethic are required
• Self-starter with ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds and to work in an outdoor environment exposed to the elements including camping and hiking for extended periods of time (5-10 days per hitch)
• Have working knowledge of safely operating power and hand-tools
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification required
• Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
• Must have ability to legally work in the US
• Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
• Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
• Must have a personal vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed at $0.54/mile

• Previous invasive species management experience
• Previous GIS/GPS and mapping experience
• Chainsaw experience and certification
• Rigging/Grip hoist experience
• Completion of an SCA Work Skills Session

Compensation: Salary starts at $780 per week, paid biweekly and eligible for benefits. Meals and housing provided. Tents and group gear provided.

Job Start Date: 12/15/2018

Application Deadline: 12/15/2018

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit 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 and at least two (2) professional 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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