SCA Team Leader- Alaska Restoration Corps

Student Conservation Association

Anchorage, Alaska

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $800/wk
Deadline Dec 31, 2023

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: 4/15-4/26 Project Leader Training (Location TBD)+ 4/29-5/20 (Indian, AK) for preparation and mentorship with SCA staff

Program Dates:5/20-8/23 with members

Location (City and State): Based out of Anchorage, AK for training, then Hope, AK

Primary Responsibilities:

This SCA Alaska Restoration Corps team will consist of 3 young adult members and one leader. This team will be working with the US Forest Service in Hope, AK to restore natural structure and function to Resurrection Creek, which was straightened during placer mining operations in the early 20thcentury. The restoration includes rebuilding the degraded stream channel and floodplains, constructing pools, side channels and ponds, installing logs and root-wads, and re-vegetating stream banks and riparian areas. Resurrection Creek is important salmon spawning habitat that has been nearly unusable since the changes made during mining operations.

The team will live in close proximity and eat meals together; they will spend mostof the program camping, but may also have access to a bunkhouse. 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 a remote area. Cell service and modern amenities will be limited or unavailable during the work week.

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.

During days off, leaders are expected to ensure that members are minimally in a safe location with access to communications and transportation services. This often means the team spends off-time together, or at least in the same general area. This team will work in small, tight-knit community, and positive representation of SCA is expected during days off as well as during the work week.

While working with the US Forest Service, the team will be able to network with professionals in natural resources and recreation management. The crew will 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, then to Anchorage for further training and preparation before Member Training in Indian, AK. Each leader receives $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 timekeeping
  • 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

Leader Qualifications:

  • 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, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Coursework or field work experience in ecology, hydrology, biology, and/ or ecological restoration strongly preferred
  • 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
  • Interest in a career in ecological restoration, hydrology, fisheries, or ecology strongly preferred.
  • Experience working and living in Alaska preferred
  • 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
  • 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

Visit the following website for more information on SCA Covid policy and procedures: www.thesca.org/covid.

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org


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Category General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Conservation Corps, Trail Maintenance