National Crew Yellowstone (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – July 15, 2018
I performed trail maintenance and habitat restoration for a month in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. My Student Conservation Association national crew was located in the Lamar River Valley of Northwestern Montana, where our chief duty was to restore the Lamar River Valley trail from erosion. I had the responsibility of remote camp maintenance, which included cooking, cleaning, fuel gathering, and Leave No Trace implementation. Our work weeks consisted of 40 hours of trail work, all conducted in the thickest brown bear country in the lower 48 states.
Exicting work outdoors with wild animals close by.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Medora, ND – June 29, 2018
We would wake up with the sun and go to bed with the sun. Large bison grazing by our tents were the only reasons for us being late to work. We built hiking trails all day. Games were played over the weekend around a camp fire. Life was simple when we cooked our meals at night getting ready to start the day early. On the weekends we did a whole lot of hiking.
Fun Family like workplace but only over the summer
Youth Conservation Corps Contractor (Former Employee) – Township of Galloway, NJ – June 23, 2018
They typical workday could be rather labor intensive but we always made sure that we where safe and productive. Our supervisor was extremely friendly and we all always had fun while working. Learned a lot about speaking to and educating the public along with workplace safety.
Paid Environmental Education days where we took trips to learn
A typical day at work for our specific project was shoveling mulch for a majority of the day. It was an overall fun experience, as it was my first job. The worst part of the day was moving piles of mulch, but I wouldn't say that it was bad. The most enjoyable part of the day was playing long thinking games to keep your mind off of the monotony of shoveling.
This is your foot in the door for environmental science. Recent graduate? Struggling in your twenties trying to work in education? Need to pay off loans? Want to help the environment? Work here. Great structure, great support, and unbeatable cause.
Good way to gain real world experience while furthering academic ambissions.
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Salmon, ID – January 6, 2018
While there are issues with the SCA, and I'm sure most conservation corps, I was able to garner significant: life and work experience, travel to locations I otherwise would have never visited, meet individuals from other walks of life in vastly disparate regions of the country, and gain an education stipend that allowed me to get a second degree with no debt.
Park Ranger (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – November 10, 2017
I enjoyed working here. My favorite part about this job was the freedom and work culture. The management style of this job was laid back and members were given a fair amount of freedom to be creative in the workplace.
Crew Leader (Former Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – November 9, 2017
The Student Conservation Association started as a temporary summer job to pass the time and earn a bit of money. I ended up working with the SCA for six years and had the most invaluable experience. The program was extremely well rounded and provided a myriad of work and real life learning for young people of Milwaukee.
Office Environment with some opportunity to work in field
Community Programs Coordinator (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – October 5, 2017
Extensive management experience will aid an individual applying for positions within. The workplace culture in the immediate environment (i.e. specific cities) offers an excellent support staff, though it is difficult at times to connect with staff outside of your city, which is often times needed to accomplish a task. As such, self-starters and independent workers are an asset here. SCA has a mission that is commendable and that, as a company, nation-wide, it strives to uphold, and does so.
Productive learning and working environment for teenagers
Philadelphia CLC 2015 (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – September 4, 2017
I was working over the summer with my crew and we were clearing up a sidewalk on a bridge so people can walk on it. We removed invasive trees and cleared the sidewalk full of weeds. Everytime we worked we saw a lady walking to work across the bridge on the deadly highway. Suddenly, one day we cleared one whole sidewalk so people can walk across the bridge and the lady walking to work said thank you. All of the hard work we did paid off just from that thank you and we were invited to eat at one of the community leaders home as a token of appreciation.
Learning experience, leadership skills, how to work with a diverse set of people
The work is awesome, but mostly seasonal. Benefits are scant to non-existent. There's a lot you can learn about the outdoors, about yourself, about working with people, but the difficulty of the job often outweighs the compensation.
I loved working there great people that believed in preserving nature
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK – July 10, 2017
You push yourself hard every day for the good of the world around you. You meet people that are also interested in conservation. You get to work with the nicest leaders on earth. You get to be outside everyday.
Project Leader (Former Employee) – Sierra Vista, AZ – May 25, 2017
I have worked for the SCA on 3 different occassions (2 times as a Project Leader and an internship). All three times were exciting, difficult, and rewarding. One of the best companies I have worked for.
Intern (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 20, 2017
Cool job to do,caring about conserving the environment. Enjoyed working out in nature, along working I learned names of invasive species and also learned about animals that inhabit the Forest Preserve.