Corps Opportunities

As part of an SCA Corps Program, you’ll have the chance to work together with a team of other young people to accomplish targeted conservation goals. 

Many Corps Programs take place in the backcountry, where members build trails, prevent forest fires, or restore critical habitat. Teams typically live together in a cabin or other central location and work on “hitches” — short-term, focused work trips guided by SCA field leaders.

Other Corps Programs work in urban or rural communities, where members team up to conduct environmental education or public outreach. Members may live together at one site, or work at individual sites within the same region.

Whether you are working in the backcountry or in the local community, SCA Corps Programs give you the opportunity to join up with other young people who share your passion for the outdoors, and gain connections with agency partners in the field. Corps positions range from 3 to 12 months, and are open to high school graduates ages 18 and up.

Please see below for Current Corps Program Opportunities:



Dates: May 15, 2017-August 21, 2017

If you’re looking for a career change or the opportunity to spend the summer in beautiful parts of the country, this program may be for you. Become a part of this exciting Veteran Fire Corps Program, working with fellow Veterans for 3 months. The VFC provides recent-era Military Veterans the training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry/natural resource management careers. Sites for this summer include: Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the Prairies and Grasslands National Monument in Nebraska.

Click this link for the program flyer!

Contact SCA's Young Adult Admissions Coordinator Cynthia Bevacqua if you're interested in applying to VFC:

Phone: 603-504-3216




Dates: May 15, 2017-November 1, 2017

There are 8 full-time service positions available with the SCA Pittsburgh Ranger Corps starting May 15th and ending on November 1st—so apply today.

This is the second year for the Pittsburgh Ranger Corps, which provides members with a valuable opportunity to serve as an interpretive park ranger in the more than 2,000 acres that make up the city parks. As a City Ranger, members will among other tasks, lead environmental education, answer questions from the public, and assist with community events.

Ranger teams are comprised of 3 members and 1 Leader. Members will be paid $10/hour and work a non-standard 40hour work week. Members will also receive 4weeks of paid training that includes: Wilderness First Aid, Ranger School, bike use, and program design. This program is a great entry level position for people who are interested in a career as a park ranger.

For more information and to apply visit:



Dates: May 15, 2017-November 14, 2017

There are 9 full-time service positions available with the SCA | Allegheny County Ranger Corps program starting May 15th and ending on November 14th—so apply today.

The SCA is partnering with Allegheny County to place 18 rangers in the Allegheny County Parks system, comprised of nine parks covering more than 12,000 acres, enjoyed by more than 11 million visitors annually. The rangers will rove the parks in rotating teams of two in the Northern and Southern regions. Rangers will be 21 years of age or older. Work task and schedule will vary from day to day and be dependent upon the needs of the park, but may include:

  • Hiking trails and answering visitor questions
  • Leading and developing Ranger programs
  • Staffing information booths
  • Helping with special events in the parks
  • Identifying trail hazards
  • Trail and maintenance work

For more information, visit here:



Dates: May 22, 2017-November 10, 2017

There are 12 full-time service positions available with the SCA | USACE Visitor Use Survey program starting May 22nd and ending on November 10th—so apply today.

The Visitor Use Survey Program is an SCA partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that began in 2011. The program provides members with a valuable opportunity to help the USACE monitor the use of its beautiful recreational sites across the country. During the five-month position, members are exposed to various leadership opportunities and may be eligible for a post-service Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Teams are comprised of 3 members and 1 Project Leader. Members will collect recreation use information from visitors, primarily through roadside interviews. The interview sites include lakes, campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, and other recreation sites. Teams will also engage in a variety of conservation service projects 1 day each week, providing a valuable opportunity to expand the scope and impact of the season.

For more information visit here:



Dates: June 5, 2017-Novembr 21, 2017

There are 12 full-time service positions available with the SCA Excelsior Conservation Corps program starting June 5th and ending on November 21st—so apply today.

The Excelsior Conservation Corps (ECC) is a residential AmeriCorps program run by the Student Conservation Association, designed to address the environmental and conservation needs of this state. During the five month AmeriCorps position, members are exposed to various leadership opportunities, employment trainings and are eligible for a post-service Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Members travel the state of New York in crews and focus on completing various projects for SCA partners while camping for 5-10 day at a time. There are three types of crews within this program, which are broken down below with corresponding links and more information.

1. Education and Outreach

2. Conservation Steward

3. Infrastructure & Sustainability

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