Primary Responsibilities: SCA Alaska Trail Corps teams consist of 3-4 young adult members and one leader, and are placed on one or more project distributed widely throughout the state. 2024 projects will take place in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Cordova, Lake Clark National Park, Chugach State Park, and several other locations. Specific projects may include: creating/maintaining trail tread; cutting/removing brush from the trail corridor; installing permanent features such as, puncheons or boardwalks; improving access to recreation areas; and maintaining walkways for portages.
Each team will camp for the duration of the program and eat meals together. During training leaders will hone their outdoor living skills, trail work skills, and teamwork skills, which they will be expected to pass on to their members during the season. The team will work with each other to resolve conflict and build relationships in remote areas, where they may go hours or days with minimal contact with people outside of the crew, depending on the project and work location.
Leaders are responsible for overseeing the team’s workday, making sure camp tasks are completed, providing leadership in conflict resolution, and mentoring young adults in outdoor living and trail building skills. They are also responsible for completing administrative tasks throughout the season such Emergency Response Plans, Job Hazard Analysis, Incident Reports, and end-of-season reporting. During days off, leaders are expected to ensure that members are, minimally, in a safe location with access to communications and transportation services. Depending on how remote the location is, this may mean the team spends days off together, or are at least in the same location. To be safe in bear country by traveling as a group, the team will usually recreate together as well. SCA teams work in remote, tight-knit communities and are expected to maintain a positive representation of SCA during days off. While working with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Parks, and/or Forest Service, members and leaders will be able to network with professionals in natural resources and recreation management. Crews may have unique opportunities to learn about different career paths in recreation and natural resources and see first-hand what their work consists of.
Leaders will travel to the Project Leader Training location in April (location TBD), then to Anchorage for further training and preparation before Member Training in Indian, AK. Each leader will receive $1,300 for this travel. Leaders will have about two weeks before members arrive to prepare for their season by coordinating with their project partners, buying food and supplies for their members, and coordinating travel and project details with their SCA Program Coordinator.
Crew Leaders will:
Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing trail-work and camp maintenance tasks, and keeping the team operating in an efficient and timely manner
Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, facilitating conflict resolution, and teaching environmental stewardship
Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency partners and SCA staff, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, such as organizing logistics; completing documentation such as: incident reports, Emergency Response Plans, and health checks; managing a budget; and communicating regularly with SCA staff
Working with SCA Alaska Program Coordinators and Program Manager to successfully implement the position program
Experience working with young adults (especially 18-25 years old); teaching or environmental education a plus
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills– i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain one before 4/15/24
Must be able to attend the entire Crew Leader training and entire duration of the season. Travel outside of Alaska will not be possible during the season for leaders or members due to remote locations of crews
Experience working and/ or living in Alaska preferred but not required
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
Must have the 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
Leader Benefits and Compensation:
$800 weekly salary
$1300 travel stipend (taxed)
Food, lodging, and work-related transportation are provided during the season (not including personal trips or optional stays outside of the work location)
Paid Conservation Work Skills training, leadership and risk management training, and continued mentorship throughout the season
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