Field Leader- Alaska Female Fire 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.


Training Dates: 4/29-5/20 (Indian, AK) for preparation and mentorship with SCA staff. Red Card trainings will follow.

Program Dates: 5/20-8/23 with members

Location (City and State): Based out of Anchorage, AK for training, then working in various National Parks in Alaska

Primary Responsibilities: The SCA Alaska Female Fire Corps team is open to any female-identifying or non-binary person interested in a career in wildland fire, fire ecology, or fire management. The mission of this affinity team is to increase gender diversity and representation in Wildland Fire and to provide a safe and challenging learning environment. Leaders are expected to work with the National Park Service to provide oversight and professional mentorship to young adults.

Leader Benefits and Compensation:

$800 weekly salary
$1170 travel stipend
Food, lodging, and work-related transportation are provided during the season (not including personal trips or optional stays outside of the work location)
Paid training in: Conservation Work Skills, leadership and risk management, National Park Service Red Card (first aid, S-212, S-130, S-190, L-180, I-100, and IS-700), and continued mentorship throughout the season


Experience working with young adults (especially 18-25 years old); teaching or environmental education a plus
Proficiency with a chainsaw without supervision (bucking, felling, and basic maintenance skills are required). Formal training and some form of certification strongly preferred.
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred– i.e., trail maintenance/ construction, habitat restoration, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 16 hours per day, hiking up to 15 miles per day, exposed to the elements, and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
During the fire assignment, the team will work with fire modules from other agencies for 12-16 hours per day for 14-16 days straight with minimal breaks
Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain one before 4/15/24
Must be able to attend the entire Crew Leader training and entire duration of the season. Travel outside of Alaska will not be possible during the season for leaders or members due to remote locations of crews
Experience working and/ or living in Alaska preferred
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
Must have the 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


$800 weekly salary

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