GWMP Invasive Species Team Crew Leader

Student Conservation Association

About the organization

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.


Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adult members to work as a team in the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia.

Program Dates: June 13 – August 19, 2022

Training Dates: June 6 – 10, 2022 (mandatory paid training)

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 7:30am- 3:30pm. Up to five hours per week of administrative work outside of normal work hours.

Primary Responsibilities:

As Crew Leader, you will be working with and supporting a team of four young adult members (18 year of age or older). This young adult crew will work alongside National Park Service (NPS) - George Washington Memorial Parkway staff to eradicate invasive species throughout the parkway. The crew will work to enhance native plant populations by controlling the invasive plants impacting them at the park.

The work will include; identify invasive plants and perform invasive plant treatments through chemical, manual and mechanical methods.  Field work varies from standing, walking, and hiking over rough terrain and physical labor such as removing and disposing of vegetation, carrying a four-gallon backpack sprayer and operating manual and mechanical equipment. Collect and organize field data, and maintain integrated pest management records. Leader will also be responsible for completing a final report of work accomplishments.



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

Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. invasive plant identification and removal, 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

Must be comfortable working around and potentially handling chemical treatment (crew will be trained on safe handling and application)

Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training

Must be available for all program dates: June 13 – August 19, 2022

Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: June 6 - 10, 2022

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 near the worksite

Compensation: $725/week total salary during position, plus $725 for week of training



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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 [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.

FOR HIGHEST CONSIDERATION APPLY BY Friday, April 22, 2022. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early as positions are filled on a rolling basis.

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

For more information about SCA, visit us at

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