Field Leader-Adirondack Corps

Student Conservation Association

About the organization

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults.

Founded in 1957, the SCA is devoted to building equitable access to nature, providing green job opportunities for young people and teaching members how to become environmental stewards. The SCA also remains committed to building the next generation of conservation leaders dedicated to the lifelong protection of the environment and our communities.


Program Dates: 04/22/24 to 10/11/24

Location (City and State): Long Lake, NY

Primary Responsibilities:
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), recognized as America’s premier conservation service organization, is in search of a dedicated and experienced outdoor leader to manage and mentor the 24 members of the SCA Adirondack Corps. The Corps is located at the Whitney Headquarters in Long Lake, NY, adjacent to Little Tupper Lake.

As the Project Leader, you will be instrumental in the program’s success. You will collaborate with the Conservation Coordinator and Program Manager to train, supervise, and assist crew members in executing a variety of technical trail and conservation projects across the expansive 6-million-acre Adirondack State Park. Projects typically include new trail construction, timber bridge construction, invasive vegetation removal, fire tower restoration, stone structure construction, and general trail maintenance. The Adirondack Corps operates in collaboration with the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) and AmeriCorps.

The position is available from April 22nd to October 11th, 2024. Join us in making a difference in conservation efforts.


Leader Qualifications:

Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching, or environmental education a plus

Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening

Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.

Wilderness First Responder (preferred)

B Sawyer Chainsaw/Crosscut – Felling and Bucking (preferred)

Experience with rigging equipment

Drystone masonry/Rockwork experience

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age

Must have the ability to work in the US legally

Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards

Leader Benefits and Compensation:

$937.50 weekly salary

Housing is provided & meals are provided after a member's arrival. Tents and group gear were provided for backcountry work projects.  

Conservation Work Skills Training

Native Timber Construction

New Trail Construction

Outdoor Living

Rock Construction

Trail Drainage and Maintenance (Erosion Control)

Trail Survey and Design


$937.50 weekly salary

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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