SCA Texas Prescribed Fire Corps Crew Leader

The Student Conservation Association

About the organization

Founded in 1957 by Liz Putnam, the Student Conservation Association, Inc., is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for the environment. SCA leads the nation in providing conservation service opportunities, outdoor skills and leadership training. Our mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Every year, in all 50 states, thousands of high school, college, graduate students and others join the association to work for national parks and forests, historic and cultural resources, and urban green spaces.


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the Prescribed Fire Corps in Texas in partnership with SCA and the US Forest Service.

Program Dates: 1/5/2020 - 5/13/2020

Primary Responsibilities:
Under supervision of the US Forest Service, the crew will conduct prescribed burns, prepare fire lines, and complete other conservation tasks. The leader will work and live with a crew of 3 members (18+). These crew members will come from diverse backgrounds and may not have fire experience. The leader must have a red card and 1 – 2 years of wildfire or prescribed burning experience. In addition to having strong conservation work skills, we are looking for a leader that is emotionally mature and can motivate and inspire his or her crew members.

Specifically, the Crew Leaders will:
• Act as a crew leader for three young adults (18+) to inspire and teach crew members, promote healthy group dynamics, and facilitate effective and productive teamwork;
• Function as a technical advisor, assisting in training corps members to complete quality work with guidance and direction from the US Forest Service supervisor;
• Serve as a partnership representative managing relationships with the agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects;
• Perform tasks as a program administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
• Current Red Card and Chainsaw certification with 1 – 2 years of fire and ecological land management experience;
• Experience managing crews of young adults in an outdoor setting and working with environmental agencies to plan and complete a project;
• Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.);
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation;
• Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s);
• Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers); and
• Clear communication via written, spoken, and graphical means.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be a minimum of 21 years of age;
• Must have ability to legally work in the US;
• Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required;
• Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards;
• Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader Training: Jan 2020;
• Current First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of the season;
• Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.


$900/week total salary (Housing and food are not provided)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To Apply: Visit to 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 so we may review your application. This is the only way to alert us that your application was submitted.

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