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PA Outdoor Corps- Hazleton Youth Conservation Leader

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire youth members for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps.

2018 Summer Program Cities: Hazleton (currently hiring); Philadelphia, McConnellsburg, Wellsboro, Renovo, Wilkes-Barre, Reading, Williamsport, Harrisburg, York, Altoona, St. Marys, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie and Meadville

Training Dates: June 4th – June 14th, 2018 in Harrisonburg, VA

Leader Position Dates: June 21st – August 15th, 2018

Crew Schedule: June 25th – August 10th, Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Primary Responsibilities:

The corps works with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to conduct land and resource management activities in the State Park and Forest system. Crew leaders train, supervise and administer crews of 10 members, between the ages of 15 and 18, working on a variety of outdoor conservation projects, including trail maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, facility maintenance and light construction. Leaders coordinate with agency partners to plan and implement projects and work with SCA staff to manage safety, conduct and logistics in the field. Two leaders are assigned to each crew. Specifically, crew leaders will:

  • Supervise 10 members between the ages of 15 to 18 in remote, outdoor location
  • Provide technical oversight of field work to ensure quality project outcomes
  • Complete crew administration tasks:
    • Manage crew budget using online expense-allocation software
    • Track and approve member timesheets using online payroll software
    • Record project output using work logs and photography
    • Document incidents using SCA reporting protocol
  • Promote leadership development with members through training, education and demonstration
  • Enforce disciplinary protocol to address member-behavior challenges
  • Mitigate and document project and member risks to ensure safe working conditions
  • Coordinate crew operations, including food, equipment and vehicle logistics
  • Foster relationship with agency partners and act as liaison between crew, partner agency and SCA
  • Represent SCA in a positive and professional manner


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required by start of program (WFA/WFR preferred)
  • Experience working with youth or young adults, with outdoor leadership or education a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred (i.e. trail maintenance, construction, carpentry, landscaping and habitat restoration)
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to eight hours per day, exposed to the elements and lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Must have personal housing arrangements in program city

Compensation: $600 per week, with paid leadership and work-skills training