SCA Team Leader- Hancock Towpath Community Crew

Student Conservation Association

About the organization

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country. After working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

The SCA is transforming lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead while they protect and restore natural and cultural resources. Through our work, the SCA is building the next generation of conservation leaders while inspiring lifelong protection of the environment and our communities.


Training Dates: 10/9/2023 – 10/13/2023 (mandatory paid training)

Program Dates: 10/9/2023 – 4/19/2024

Work Schedule: Rotating A and B week schedule. Up to five hours per week of administrative work outside of normal work hours.

A Week = Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 3:30 pm
B Week = Monday - Thursday 6:00 am - 3:30 pm, Friday off

Location: Hancock, MD

Transportation and Site Locations: The leader must provide their own transportation to and from the maintenance shop at the Hancock, Maryland site. The Hancock shop is located at 441 East Main Street Hancock, MD. The leader will be required to go through mandatory training and driving test during their first week to be able to operate a National Park Service (NPS) work truck.

Primary Responsibilities:

As Crew Leader, you will guide and inspire a team of 2 SCA crew members to complete field conservation projects at the C&O Canal National Historical (CHOH) Park. This young adult crew will work alongside NPS staff on a variety of projects. The leader will be onboard for 28 full work weeks, which includes leader training and post-program wrap up tasks.


Leader Qualifications:

· Experience working with youth or young adults (18 years old+) 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

· Must be able to attend Crew Leader training

· 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

Leader Benefits and Compensation:

· $825/week total salary during position, Bi-weekly pay

· Health Insurance

· Stipend for phone usage

· Paid time off

· Explore green jobs and career opportunities

· Complete important conservation projects at a National Park

· Participate in professional development and skill building as a team

· Alumni benefits after successful completion of program

· SCA gear package



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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