The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Pitts

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 Desert Restoration Corps Project Leader - Backfill

Job Description: Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire four students for the Desert Restoration Corps Team.

Project Leaders are an integral part of the success of our teams and they will be expected to strive for proactive communication, create a culture of growth, and professionally represent themselves and SCA. The Project Leader position is filled with a diversity of tasks and responsibilities and offers a great opportunity to highly motivated candidates who are looking for an engaging and challenging atmosphere.  

Project Leaders are responsible for the daily management and supervision of a Conservation Corps program in either a backcountry or frontcountry site with members 18 & older. Manage member and group safety and development while working on conservation projects. Represent SCA on-site and coordinate with Agency partner on designated project(s).

Backfill Leader Start Date: February 1, 2018

Team Ends: August 18, 2018

Leader End Date: August 24, 2018

Program Description:
SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps (DRC) is a partnership between SCA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This partnership has produced nearly a decade o monitoring, preserving, and repairing fragile habitat in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California. DRC – comprised of 4 members and 1 leader –is scheduled for a 10-month season. 

The crew will spend six months of the program traveling to various worksites throughout the California Desert District to work on projects in partnership with the BLM. Projects may include, though are not limited to: water, wildlife, and resource monitoring; invasive species monitoring and management; trail work assessment; fence construction/removal; trail maintenance; public outreach events and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) restoration. For the remaining four months, the team will be on their Roving Track of projects. The team should be prepared to travel long distances to work on a variety of projects. Previous projects include; trail work in the Bridger-Tetons National Forest, watershed restoration in Yosemite National Park, and native plant restoration in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

During field-based hitches of up to 10 days in length, the crew will live and work out of tent camps in close proximity to worksites. Occasionally, projects may require the crew to backpack into Wilderness Areas. Filed-life is rugged, and while on hitch, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and tobacco free. Members will typically have 3-5 days off between hitches. For the duration of the Desert Track, the crew will be provided housing in Palm Springs, CA area, where they can stay during days off. The crew’s housing will vary depending on the options available at their project sites. Members should be prepared to camp for much of the Roving Track of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:
Crew Manager –
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-Assist and train corps members in the conservation skills necessary for the project

Technical Advisor –
-Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-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 –
-Assist SCA Program Manager to complete required program reporting and documentation
-Assist SCA Program Manager in budget management and reconciliation
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures
-Represent SCA in a positive manner

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Must attend mandatory Crew Leader training
-Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) required
-Experience working with young adults (ages 18-25), teaching experience 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 with driving Four Wheel Drive capable vehicles is a plus

Compensation: $600 per week (depending on experience), paid biweekly with some seasonal benefits possible.

Job Start Date: 2/1/2018

Application Deadline: 2/1/2018

Additional Information: To Apply: Visit us at 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 the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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