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The Student Conservation Association

Position title : SCA Philadelphia Summer Conservation Crew Leader - Roving Behavioral Specialist

Deadline to apply : 05/03/2019

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Philadelphia

State / Territory : Pennsylvania

Organization/Program Description :

Founded in 1957 by Liz Putnam, the Student Conservation Association, Inc., is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for the environment. SCA leads the nation in providing conservation service opportunities, outdoor skills and leadership training. Our mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Every year, in all 50 states, thousands of high school, college, graduate students and others join the association to work for national parks and forests, historic and cultural resources, and urban green spaces.

Position Description :

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local high school students for the Philadelphia Community programs.

Program Dates: ­ ­ July 1st – August 11th

Training Dates: ­ Pre-Training WFA & Work Skills Courses: 5/31-6/2  (optional unpaid)
                           Crew Leader Training: 6/3-6/13  (mandatory paid)
                           Philadelphia Local Training/Prep: 6/24-6/28  (mandatory paid)

Primary Responsibilities:

The Roving Conservation Crew Leader will mentor and support two groups of high school students over the course of 6 weeks.  Each crew will work to complete a variety of conservation and beautification projects at a pre-assigned project host site.  Project work could include invasive species removal, trail maintenance, habitat restoration, historic preservation, and more. One of your primary responsibilities will be to facilitate inclusion amongst each crew and provide individualized instruction to members with autism or other developmental disabilities.  All Crew Leaders will receive specialized training on how to best support these members in the field.  Each week, you will also be responsible for coordinating environmental education and professional development lessons for your students.  At the end of the program season you will organize a 2-night, 3-day camping trip.

Specifically, the Crew Leader will:

  • Act as a CrewSupervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
    • Roving leaders will apply knowledge from the required pre-training Registered Behavior Training (RBT) course to support crew members and provide individualized instruction, as needed
  • 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 and reporting processes, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff


  • Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-21), teaching or environmental education a plus
  • Experience and/or interest in working with youth with autism or other disability, preferred
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.
  • Knowledge of local environmental and social justice issues a plus
  • 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
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player and make independent decisions when necessary
  • Must be willing to complete the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training by the start of the program (online training course, costs covered by SCA)
  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: 6/10-6/20
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have 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
  • Must have personal housing arrangements in or around program city

Compensation: $600/week total salary, paid training

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 two (2) references. Once your application is complete, you MUST email leaders@thesca.org with the position of interest listed in the subject line. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.


SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

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

Benefits :

Compensation: $600/week total salary, paid training