Conservation Begins Here®
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces across the country.
Training Dates: 10/2/23 – 10/6/23 (paid mandatory training)
Program dates: Select Saturdays during the months of 10/7/23 – 6/15/24
On select Saturdays of the 2023-2024 DCPS school year
Service days will be from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location (City and State): Washington, DC; Focused service areas in the Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities
District of Columbia
Transportation and Site Location: The crew leader will be responsible for transporting the 5-member high school SCA DC Tree Crew members to and from the metro station and designated work sites during each service weekend.
As Crew Leader, you will guide and inspire a team of 5 high schoolers to complete field conservation projects and community outreach efforts in partnership with Casey Trees in Washington, DC. This high school crew will work alongside Casey Trees staff on a variety of projects. The leader will be compensated for required leader training, each service weekend, and post-program wrap up tasks.
All crew members will go through training by SCA and Casey Trees staff to complete different projects throughout the program including:
1) Engaging community members through tree conservation outreach efforts
2) Outreach efforts may include canvassing, event tabling, or tree walk community events
3) Help connect community members to resources like Urban Foresters that help plant trees beneficial for the local environment
The crew leader will work collaboratively and efficiently with their team to complete these projects by deadline. Tool usage, safety, risk, and job hazard assessments will be part of training and daily briefings. Crew leaders will learn to work safely in outdoor environments while learning new skills alongside their crew members. Being open to new experiences is a huge advantage for crew leaders.
In addition to field work and community outreach projects, crew leaders should expect to complete ~3-5 hours/weekly outside of work hours to complete crew leader administration tasks. These tasks may include coding expense receipts, uploading photos from the field, writing incident reports, or reviewing members’ time logs, among other things.
Specifically, the Crew Leader will:
· Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
· Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship
· Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
· Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff
· Experience working with youth or young adults (18 years old+) teaching or environmental education a plus
· Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, 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
· Must be able to complete required Crew Leader training
· 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:
· Earn a stipend or wage for your work
· Explore green jobs and career opportunities
· Complete important conservation projects at a National Park
· Participate in professional development and skill building as a team
· Alumni benefits after successful completion of program
· SCA gear package