City Worker (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PA – May 5, 2013
Pros: working in nature
Cons: some cew members were negative
walking to get tools to work on building the trail or picking invasive plants. and cleaning the park area. i learned about plants and much more about nature then i knew. the managers were very nice and helpful. some were postive and some were negative. working with people that expected others to do their job. meeting new people and working in nature.
Conservation Intern (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – April 28, 2013
Pros: trips and information learned
Cons: seasonal position
A typical day at SCA was amazingly beautiful. It was moderate pace. We either learned more about organics, GMO's and toxins that pollute our planet or went out into local neighborhoods to clean streets and sometimes even go out into forest preserves. We often used hand tools.
Volunteer (Current Employee), Oakland, CA – March 29, 2013
Pros: lots of fun activities, going camping, fixing nature, the food, going out to nature, and not being home
Cons: a workout kinda, short breaks
Its a year around volunteer program. We would meet up every month for a meeting on what we'er going to do a week ahead. Tell us what we are going to be working on and do fun activities to keep us all involved. A week later we meet up in Oakland early in the morning. Pack our tools and camping supplied and drive off to where we go.We would do volunteer – more... work cleaning parks or planting trees. I learned the name of a lot of tools and the proper way to use them. My teammates were all help full and we worked together and they are all friendly. The hardest part of the job wasn't all the lifting and working, it was the heat that was killing me. The most enjoyable part of the job was when we finished the job and took a look at how it looked before and how it looks now. – less
Environmental Educator (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NY – January 17, 2013
Cons: short breaks, underpaid
Working with the SCA helped me overcome different obstacles on a day to day basis. The job was mostly based outside and gave me the opportunity to learn new things as I taught children about local ecology. I was able to give local city kids a look at what was around them in New York City.
High School Backcountry supervisor (Former Employee), Wilderness areas throughout the U.S. – July 5, 2012
Pros: unforgettable, rearding experience
Cons: terrible pay
The High School Supervisor positions are - or at least were - very rewarding on a personal and sociological level. After six weeks of a successfully run trail crew, the transformation in the "kids" was phenomenal and, from my accounts so far, permanent. If you want good Karma and an unforgettable, at times breathtakingly beautiful and extremely adverse – more... wilderness adventure, then this might be for you. But it is a highly demanding job that pays peanuts (you're with the crew 24/7) and offers neither benefits nor advancement. I stopped working for them in 1996, chiefly because they began to require that supervisors be certified as Wilderness First Responders, rather than the every-bit-as-useful and much cheaper Wilderness First Aid course. They also required that HS supervisors pay for the course out of their own pockets (we're talking hundreds of dollars for - in my opinion - nothing more than a fancier title. Anyway, if you're young and rugged and relatively footloose and fancy-free, check em out. – less