The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Minor

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 Visitor Use Survey Project Leader

Job Description: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization is seeking an experienced, quality-oriented outdoor leader to work in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). SCA will be running 4 Visitor Use Survey (VUS) teams in the summer and 3 in the fall of 2017; this position will help facilitate the successful launch of each VUS team, in addition to running their own team based in the NW of the country.

Visitor Use Survey teams spend the majority of their season collecting information from a variety of USACE recreation sites. This information is crucial to help the USACE appropriately manage their resources. This VUS team will be compromised of one Project Leader and three team members. SCA members and their Project Leader will, in pairs, collect recreation use information from visitors, primarily through roadside interviews. The interview sites include lake access points, picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads, and other recreation areas. The team will also organize and conduct weekly conservation service projects; with past projects including trail work, backcountry campsite construction, community gardening, and outside volunteer events. This program also focuses on developing member’s leadership experience and conservation ethic, with the Project Leader facilitating their growth throughout. This position is full time, seasonal and will be based in a location central to where the team is surveying. Interviewing for the summer leader position will begin in February.

Program Dates and Location:

This position begins March 20, 2017 and runs through September 15, 2017. This Project Leader position will start significantly earlier than the other VUS leaders, and as such will help the Program Manager setup all the VUS teams for summer and fall 2017. SCA members for this program arrive in early May and depart in late August. This position will require extensive travel throughout the US to facilitate the launch of other VUS teams but will be based in the Pacific Northwest once members arrive. Project dates and location are subject to change.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, vehicles, housing arrangements
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor
-Assist in the technological 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 as required
-Complete required program reporting and documentation
-Oversee presentation of project data to agency partner
-Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Strong computer skills
-Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR required by the start of training
-Experience leading young adult programming is strongly preferred
-Experience working with young adults (ages 18-24)
-Experience working with the public
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
-Valid driver’s license for 3 years and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Compensation: $565 per week paid biweekly; food, housing, access to vehicle, and health insurance are also offered.

Job Start Date: 3/20/2017

Application Deadline: 3/5/2017

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile; complete the basic, leader, and final application sections when prompted. Please be sure to 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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