SCA WildCorps Desert Restoration- Project Leader

The Student Conservation Association Yucca Valley, California
Deadline 08/31/2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire four students for the WildCorps program.

Program Dates:  September 16th, 2018 – March 16th, 2019

Training Dates:  September 2nd – September 8th, 2018 (tentative)

Program Location: Crew housing in the Yucca Valley, CA area. Crew projects will be field based in often primitive camping locations. 

Program Description:

WildCorps is a unique part of SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps (DRC) which is a partnership between SCA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The crew will be based in southeastern California and travel to various worksites throughout the California Desert District to work on projects. Projects may include: water, wildlife, and resource monitoring; invasive species monitoring and management; trail work and assessment; fence construction/removal; trail maintenance; public outreach events, and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) restoration.

Field-life is rugged, and members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception during the field-based hitches of up to 10 days in length. Members will typically have 3-5 days off between hitches. The crew will have housing in the Yucca Valley, CA area, which will be a base of operations for their project. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Responsible for daily management and supervision of a Conservation Corps project in either a backcountry or front-country site with members 18 & older. Manage member and group safety and development while working on conservation projects. Represent SCA on-site and coordinate with Agency partner on designated project(s).

  • Act as a Crew Manager guiding crew dynamics and facilitating teamwork
  • Function as a Technical Advisor assisting in training corps members to complete quality work
  • Serve as a Partnership Representative managing relationships with agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget


  • Experience working with young adults 18-25 years old, teaching in an educational environment a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. habitat restoration, trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US.
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader training: September 2-8, 2018
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more

Compensation: $600/week total salary, paid biweekly and benefits eligible. Housing and field-based meals provided. Tents and group gear provided.


To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and at least two (2) professional references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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