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Our Impact FY19

The Student Conservation Association

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Safety and Incident Response Manager

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Town, City, Park, etc :

State / Territory :

Project/Program Focus :
Disaster Prep/Response,Young Adult Programs (18+),Youth Programs (<18)

Organization/Program Description :

About SCA

The Student Conservation Association was conceived in 1953 by Vassar College student Elizabeth “Liz” Titus Putnam, who felt a deep personal connection to the natural world and was moved by the worsening condition of America’s national parks, which had become strained by overcrowding and had fallen victim to underfunding and disrepair. Putnam hatched the novel idea to leverage the passion of America’s youth to revitalize the parks. The model she designed was drawn from the Civilian Conservation Corps, a 1940s New Deal program that provided jobs for unemployed young men in the conservation of public lands. The program launched in 1957 under its original moniker, the Student Conservation Program, where inaugural crews of 53 college-aged young people began work in Grand Teton and Olympic National Park. The organization was officially incorporated as the Student Conservation Association in 1964 and the participation, partnerships, and richness and complexity of the work and its impacts have grown steadily ever since.

Today, SCA’s 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. Members participate in a variety of capacities and contexts. Beyond national parks, members work on marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in our nation’s urban centers. Members do land management, habitat restoration, trail building, disaster rehabilitation or prevention work, environmental education, public outreach, and more.

SCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $34 million and a permanent staff of 110 supported by seasonal placements of over 3,000 interns, field crew members, and crew leaders. SCA is built upon public and private partnerships. Approximately $25 million (73.5%) of its $34 million budget is secured through government agreements and grants. The balance of $9 million (26.5%) is comprised of philanthropic gifts and corporate sponsorships.

Position Description :

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. headquarters in Arlington, VA  seeks to recruit a Safety and Incident Response Manager, location is flexible based on experience.

Position Summary

The Safety and Incident Response Manager is responsible for maintaining SCA as the industry leader in wilderness and program safety. This position manages and implements best industry safety standards relating to all SCA programs and offices, and ensures that SCA’s ‘cycle of safety’ is executed, learning from incidents to make necessary adjustments to processes.

Job Duties :

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintains the high quality of SCA’s current safety management policy, procedure, and protocols while assuring they are appropriate for the differing programs and environments in which members are engaged (wilderness, urban, suburban, in schools, etc.) and that they continue to adapt to new research and learning in the field.
  • Is the organization’s expert in understanding and executing Incident Response Plan and Emergency Response Plan.
  • Oversees SCA’s 24-hour Incident Response system, including scheduling of On Call Responders, and ensuring staff are trained and prepared to respond to and escalate incidents as needed.
  • In collaboration with Director of Program Curriculum and Education, review and recommend necessary revisions to the Incident Response Handbook.
  • Conducts Incident Response trainings, including Incident Response Scenarios, with the assistance of outside experts as needed; works to identify areas of safety improvement during program execution.
  • Conducts annual summer program debriefs in the fall, and reviews and revises SCA Field Guide in cooperation with the Training, Education and Curriculum, Human Resources and other departments and staff.
  • Collects incident data, conducts in-depth analysis, identifies trends and makes recommendations for inclusion in the Annual Safety and Recommendation Report.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the debriefing of incidents to foster learning from incidents.
  • Assists in developing risk management policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with Field Services staff to ensure that equipment sent into the field complies with policy and supports a safe experience.
  • Reviews Job Hazard Assessments, and provides real-time safety feedback.
  • Serves as the primary medical screener of SCA participants, and trains and supports assistant internal medical screeners as needed.
  • Ensures essential eligibility criteria (‘EC’) are clear for each program and that medical forms are appropriately reviewed in EC context and in a timely manner prior to member entering the field; engages Chief Counsel as needed for ADA, accommodation requests, and other questions of law.
  • Serves as liaison between SCA and members, parents, doctors, leaders as part of the medical screening process.
  • Assists Chief Counsel with developing field medical policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to SCA’s Core Values, standards of conduct, employee handbook and other internal administrative policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements :


  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, external partners and vendors.
  • Clarity of thought and communication. Proven ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
  • Professional behavior and demeanor consistent with the organization’s cultural values.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Ability to be extremely effective independently, while also being a highly resourceful team-player.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with specific major in field of endeavor or relevant coursework/work experience related to the specific field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in outdoor/wilderness safety risk management and wilderness medicine.
  • 3+ years of progressively responsible experience including skills related to the position.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a highly mobile, fast-paced team.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% of the time.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification, EMT or higher preferred.
  • Must pass SCA criminal background check.Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a Motor Vehicle Record that meets SCA standards.


The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information :

To apply follow the link: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=20560&clientkey=595E0C4F0C9492D99B0EC32A6B3F6415