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    Philadelphia Area Program Manager

    The Student Conservation Association is Hiring: Philadelphia Area Program Manager

    SCA’s 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 day SCA provides opportunities for young people to make a positive impact on the world around them. Every year we motivate and deploy thousands of young people who care passionately about improving their natural world. We put them to work in our parks and public lands and urban green spaces to make improvements and learn conservation and sustainability practices. We teach them how to plan, enact, and lead, all while making a tangible impact in conservation.

    SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2012 we launched our programming in Camden, New Jersey. We run both summer and school year programs from our main office located inside the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum visitor’s center. Since that first year, hundreds of youth in the Philadelphia region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Philadelphia and the City of Camden, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Philadelphia young people each year.

    The ideal candidate will be from or familiar with Philadelphia and have experience leading volunteers in an environmental or service based program. This position will be filled asap with an ideal start in June.
    Job Description
    Work as part of a regional team to lead all field based programming for youth in the Philadelphia Area (including Camden, NJ). The Program Manager is responsible for recruiting program participants, supervising Crew Leaders, delivering support for members, and building relationships with partner organizations while representing the SCA brand throughout the Philadelphia area.

    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in environmental studies, natural resource management, education, youth development or like-minded field of study. • 3-5 years of experience in personnel management, program management, leading and creating programs for youth and young adults.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Relationship development a plus.
    • Strong computer skills with experience in MS Office and Salesforce a plus.
    • Willingness and ability to travel locally and regionally. Aprox. 15% of the time.
    • Current First Aid and CPR certification
    • Must pass SCA criminal background check and obtain appropriate State of Pennsylvania clearances.

    Essential Functions

    Planning and Program Delivery:
    • Maintain relationships with current partners and build new ones for additional program opportunities.
    • Help create a safe and educational environment that fosters curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.
    • Recruit, interview, and hire program members and leaders.
    • Ensure that programs adhere to SCA’s guidelines of providing safe, educational programming.
    • Maintain all equipment and supplies in good order.
    • Assist with curriculum enhancement and development.
    • Work to resolve any program or staff issues that may arise.
    • Lead and or attend conferences, community meetings, and events as needed.

    Supervision:
    • Supervise up to 20 seasonal leaders
    • Supervise seasonal Program Assistant
    • Provide leaders and program assistants with guidance on supervising members.
    • Participate in annual leader training and member training.

    Administrative and Financial Responsibility:
    • Manage annual program budget
    • Ensure program surveys and reporting is complete

    Location:
    SCA Field Office at
    John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
    8601 Lindbergh Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19153

    To Apply:
    Send resume and cover letter to: Randall Rupp, Regional Program Manager rrupp@thesca.org

    Applications are being reviewed as received and position will be filled once a candidate is identified with a June start date preferred.

    Posted May 17, 2017

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    Exciting SCA opportunity for youth ages 12-15

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    Are you or someone you know looking to enroll a child in summer camp? Look no further!
    The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Camp Horizons have joined forces to create Camp SCA, an exciting opportunity for 12-15 year olds who are passionate about preserving the environment and keeping the planet green.
    What will my child do at Camp SCA?
    Camp SCA is built around the structure of a typical SCA Youth Crew. Like the youth crews, campers will live and work with a team, learn how to use tools, and work on a volunteer project. They’ll learn how to build and maintain trails, become familiar with the importance of conservation, and enjoy summer camp activities such as canoeing, zip lining, and Camp Olympics.
    How long is Camp SCA?
    During each of the two week sessions, campers will experience all the fun of a traditional summer camp while also learning about conservation. Camp SCA will run from:
    June 25 – July 8, 2017
    July 9 – July 22, 2017
    Where is Camp SCA located?
    Camp SCA is operated by the Horizons Youth Foundation and Camp Horizons, an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited summer camp that has been providing campers with unforgettable summers for 35 years. Camp SCA will be based out of Horizons’ Mountain Campus, located in Luray VA, bordering the Shenandoah National Park.

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    NY Excelsior Conservation Corps Accepting Applications

    https://www.thesca.org/serve/program/excelsior-conservation-corps
     
    The Excelsior Conservation Corps is a New York State AmeriCorps program recruiting members for Year two of the program starting February 13, 2017.  In Governor Cuomo’s 2015 State of the State Address, he proposed the creation of a modern day version of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) called the Excelsior Conservation Corps (ECC). The Student Conservation Association was selected to operate the Corps under the auspices of the NYS Commission on National and Community Services and in partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC), and SUNY Morrisville.
     
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    P: 703.524.2441, ext. 2017 C: 917.725.1405 rlettre@thesca.org http://www.thesca.org
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    The Student Conservation Association Launches Custom Crews for High School Students

    Attention teachers and school administrators!

    The Student Conservation Association has been the leading provider of conservation service learning programs for youth for nearly 60 years. Would you like to provide your students with an outdoor service adventure opportunity that will empower them with leadership skills and conservation values? Check our Custom Crews, a new program from the Student Conservation Association: http://www.thesca.org/customcrews.

    Custom Crews allows us to provide schools and youth-serving organizations a turn-key, tailored program that provides you and your students with a conservation service learning experience. The program will be all yours – with your input and your selected group of students. We will work hand-in-hand with you to create the program that best suits your needs.

    As always, we will provide:

    All program development
    Facilitation and leadership of crew members and the work project
    Food and equipment
    A custom service-learning opportunity for your high school or middle school students

    We encourage you to visit our Custom Crews website to learn more about partnering with SCA to create a custom, hands-on service learning program your students. Questions? Contact Custom Crews Project Coordinator, Abby Graefe, agraefe@thesca.org.

    Rachel Lettre
    Eastern Program Director
    Student Conservation Association
    4245 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 825
    Arlington, VA 22203

    P: 703.524.2441, ext. 2017
    C: 917.725.1405
    rlettre@thesca.org
    http://www.thesca.org

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    Project Coordinator-Affinity Crews

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    Job Description:
    America’s #1 youth conservation service organization, seeks a Project coordinator in our Arlington, VA Office. The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of youth conservation volunteers, has an exciting opportunity in our Program Department. This position is temporary, full time, up to 18 months.

    Position Summary:

    This position serves as the lead staff for a pilot program for SCA to provide turn-key conservation service crew opportunities for schools and youth serving organizations. Market, and coordinate conservation service crew expeditions to private schools, clubs and youth organizations.

    Essential Functions:

    Sell Affinity group programs to partners across the US that cross multiple organization and agency regions.
    Develop relationships with independent schools and youth serving organizations, in order to provide SCA affinity crew opportunities to students.
    Operate a minimum of 10 affinity crews in summer 2017
    Develop, plan, budget, and conduct site visits to create new program in the field in order to ensure annual financial and programmatic goals for affinity crews.
    Attend and present at conferences and meetings to market SCA affinity crew opportunities
    Work with the program team and program quality to develop appropriate standards, recruit crew leaders, evaluation materials for participants and organizations
    Work with marketing to develop suitable affinity crew materials and digital media

    Supplemental Functions:

    Track all opportunities, activities and events into SCA database system (Salesforce CRM)
    Attend meetings, workshops and conferences to sell SCA programs and resources.
    Conduct retention activities as assigned
    Collaborate with Program and Marketing departments to create uniform and informative marketing materials
    Other duties as assigned

    Performance Measures/Accountabilities:

    Meet individual annual revenue and program targets
    Communicate and track regional sales plan goals and objectives
    Regularly participation and collaboration in affinity crew and RK Mellon meetings
    Know and understand all SCA affinity group offerings, and how they are utilized by partners in the field.
    Maintain current knowledge of conservation (natural and cultural), environmental, and youth development issues important to key stakeholder groups within the region and nationally.
    Present a positive and professional image of SCA by modeling SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors, including giving superior customer service to partners, participants, alumni, and SCA departments/teams/offices.
    Complete accurate and timely data entry, timesheets and travel expense reports.
    Understand and model SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors
    Understand and abide by policies and guidelines in SCA’s Staff Handbook

    Experience and Skills:
    Qualifications:

    BA/BS degree in natural resources, public administration or similar field with 2 years related experience or 5 years of relevant program, government, or NGO experience.
    Demonstrated experience in marketing, sales, partnership and network development, with a variety of agencies, organizations and institutions.
    Ability to develop and manage extended networks and long term relationships with partners.
    Experience in customer cultivation, materials and marketing development and finalizing transactions.
    Demonstrated public speaking and presentation experience, skill and comfort.
    Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management issues and knowledge of client agency cultures a plus.
    Demonstrated experience in fast-paced environment and ability to work effectively under pressure.
    Strong organizational, communication and customer service skills necessary.
    Ability to work independently, demonstrate self-motivation and meet deadlines.
    Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record (MVR) that meets SCA’s standards.
    Willingness to travel 1-2 times per month for multiple days.
    Passion for SCA mission

    Job Benefits:
    Health and Dental * Basic Life Insurance * Short Term Disability * Long Term Disability * Flexible Spending Account * 403(b) Savings Plan * Generous Paid Time Off * Community Service Leave * Casual Dress

    SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

    Student Conservation Association is a proud partner with AmeriCorps and encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alumni to apply for job opportunities with SCA.

    For more information about SCA and to reply, visit us at http://thesca.atsondemand.com/

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    Partnership Director

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    Job Description:
    America’s #1 youth conservation service organization, seeks a Partnership Director in our Washington, DC Office. The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of youth conservation volunteers, has an exciting opportunity in our Program Department. This position is permanent full time.

    Position Summary: The Partnership Director has responsibility for executing SCA’s national and regional business strategies in SCA’s Eastern region, including building and retaining SCA programs; growth of SCA’s urban-based community conservation programs in the eastern region, supporting efforts to secure philanthropic and corporate giving, representing SCA at public events, engaging with key SCA constituencies, supporting SCA regional staff and driving SCA’s presence and impact in the region.
    Essential Functions:
    Regional Leadership and Business Development:

    In alignment with national SCA strategy, identify and create funding for new programming and strengthen key existing program partnerships in the eastern region.
    In collaboration with the Eastern Regional VP, implement the region’s strategic and annual operating and financial plans towards measurable goals and improved regional economics.
    Identify opportunities, and in collaboration with Program staff, advance and grow SCA’s mission by expanding existing programs and developing new programs, partnerships and stakeholder relationships.
    Guide, support and develop Partnership staff in the region, with a focus on the regional plans and priorities.
    Solicit and cultivate new federal, state and NGO partnerships.
    Generate and secure fee-for-service revenue through regional retention efforts and by working with new customers in support of SCA’s financial and program goals.
    Represent and present SCA externally to organizations and other coalitions and groups. Elevate SCA’s profile and visibility in the East region through participation on collaborative committees and commissions.
    Ensure partnership development commitments made in the budget and planning processes are met with timely communication re: any revenue and/or expense variances communicated timely.
    Work with the Regional VP to manage expense budget for the region.
    Other duties as assigned.

    Institutional Advancement:

    Work closely with regional Advancement staff in implementing strategies to raise money from leadership donors, foundations and corporations.
    Secure third party funding, private, philanthropic, corporate and public grant funding to leverage fee-for-service funding from agency and NGO partners Awareness and Positioning of SCA:
    Direct efforts in the region to ensure SCA is known by key regional partners, land management, conservation and governmental partners.

    Staff Supervision, Support and Development:

    Provide supervision, guidance and support to the Partnership Development Coordinator and Conservation Program Coordinators.
    Represent and advocate on behalf of regional staff internally within SCA
    Convene and facilitate regional staff meetings

    Performance Measures/Accountabilities:
    Financial:

    Achieve budgeted regional revenue goals.
    Assist in achieving growth, diversity and stability of funding for programs.
    Collaborative support of corporate and advancement goals

    Non-Financial:

    Increase in awareness of SCA by key targeted audiences as evidenced by increased partnership opportunities, media placements and program growth.
    Evidence of strong representation of SCA in the region.
    Achieve program/member levels goals in East region.
    All activities in the region are managed in accordance with SCA national standards and policies.
    Staff effectively guided in accordance with SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.
    Effective advocacy and support of regional staff.
    Participate as an active member of the various SCA staff groups and forums when assigned.

    Experience and Skills:
    Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree plus significant additional coursework, seminars or similar activities.
    5+ years of relevant work experience including coordinating mission-critical, customer focused activities, a history of business development success, experience in leading teams towards goals, and in representing organizations to external audiences.
    Experience in conservation environment and/or working with U.S. Government Agencies
    Strong understanding of solution and consultative sales practices – must be a closer and show evidence of past success in this area
    Understanding of and experience using database systems; Salesforce CRM system preferred.
    Strength in managing, planning, budgeting, fund raising, marketing, sales, and communications.
    Strong written and verbal communication skills including both the ability to work closely with a broad range of staff, including executive level, and with customers.
    Competence in using Microsoft Office software. Strong experience in using electronic communication tools.
    Ability/willingness to travel – at least 33% of position requires regional travel.
    Valid driver’s license and motor vehicle record that meets SCA’s standards

    Percentage of time spent traveling per year: 33

     
    SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.

    Student Conservation Association is a proud partner with AmeriCorps and encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alumni to apply for job opportunities with SCA.

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    Summer Crew Leaders-Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps (mulitple locations)

    Pennsylvania Local – Select Cities Crew Leader
    The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire youth crews in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Johnstown/Altoona, Wilkes Barre, PA areas over an 7 week period of time in the summer of 2016

    Program Dates:  July – August 2016 (TBA) and mandatory 8-day training in June

    Primary Responsibilities:

    Co-lead, mentor and coach a crew of 10 students, ages 15-19, while completing various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects include a range of activities such as trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, revitalization of abandoned urban properties or to urban agriculture and run for 5-6 weeks at a time. In addition, leaders will facilitate pre- and post- program planning which includes crew training, environmental education and reporting.

    Qualifications:

    Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
    Must have ability to legally work in the US
    Current First Aid certification & CPR required by the start of the orientation training
    Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-18)
    Experience as a teacher or leader in educational environment
    Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred, i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
    Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements.
    The employee must occasionally 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:  $4,025 plus paid Crew Leader Orientation & Work Skills (travel, food & lodging provided).

    To Apply:  click ‘sign up’ and complete the ‘Leader’ Application and select or type in the appropriate city. Completed online applications must be received before each interview but a cover letter and resume can be sent directly to the program manager for a speedy review. Please contact rrupp@thesca or call (603) 504-3318

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    The Student Conservation Association is hiring Full time and Seasonal staff

    SCA has several open positions in the Arlington office. For details go to: http://thesca.atsondemand.com/ 
     
    Positions include: 
    Director of Foundation Relations
    Foundation Relations Specialist
    Project Coordinator-Affinity Crews
     
    There are also many seasonal internships and field leader positions open: 
    http://www.thesca.org/serve
     
     
    Rachel Lettre Eastern Program Director Student Conservation Association 4245 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 825 Arlington, VA 22203
    P: 703.524.2441, ext. 2017 C: 917.725.1405 rlettre@thesca.org http://www.thesca.org
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    Landscape Technicians-Davey Tree Internships with Student Conservation Association

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    SCA and Davey Tree Expert Company are expanding our innovative career training collaboration and fielding nearly 100 tree care and grounds maintenance positions in 2016.

    These paid internships run for six-months, and are available in more than a dozen locations nationwide. Special attention will be given to applicants with previous experience in SCA’s community program, crew leaders, and other alumni.

    Davey Tree’s Paul Herb demonstrates tree climbing techniques, knots and ropes to 2015 interns in Philadelphia.

    Working side-by-side with professional Davey Tree mentors, you’ll gain the experience, skills and knowledge necessary to transition into full time positions with Davey at the conclusion of your internship. Along the way, you’ll receive Davey’s full support with a structured training program, a uniform, and all necessary personal protective equipment.

    SCA-Davey internships are available in Baltimore, Biloxi, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Great Falls, Jacksonville, New York City, Orlando, Tampa, and other leading cities.

    Interns will work in teams of five along with one leader (ages 18—24 years). Responsibiltiies include:

    Maintaining trees
    Planting and removing shrubs
    Removing invasive plants
    Mulching and edging
    Fertilizing plants, and more

    Many members from last year’s program have been hired on as permanent employees

    Davey Tree Expert Company provides residential and commercial tree, utility, lawn care, and environmental consulting services throughout the United States and Canada. Davey Tree is employee-owned and the largest residential tree care company in North America.

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    Forestry Technician Internships in MD and VA

    In this paid internship, participants will spend six months developing the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully transition into full time positions performing tree care and ground maintenance with Davey by working side by side with professional mentors. Davey will provide all interns with a structured training program, a uniform, and all necessary personal protective equipment.

    We are looking for passionate young people (18+) to participate in NYC and the greater Washington DC area from April 4 to October 2 earning $10.10 an hour! Applications can be filled out online at: http://www.thesca.org/serve/positions?combine=davey&start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&duration=All&state=All&city=&citizenship=All&sort_bef_combine=created+DESC

    Rachel Lettre
    Eastern Program Director
    Student Conservation Association
    4245 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 825
    Arlington, VA 22203

    P: 703.524.2441, ext. 2017
    C: 917.725.1405
    rlettre@thesca.org
    http://www.thesca.org

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    Student Conservation Association Crew available for summer projects in DC Metro area

    The Student Conservation Association is seeking conservation projects for a crew of 6 high school students and 1 leader between July 6th and August 7th.  Due to a delay in funding several of the planned trail projects for this timeframe have been delayed. As a result we are seeking hands on conservation projects including trail maintenance and construction, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, landscaping, gardening or urban farming for this crew.  They have a vehicle and can commute within a reasonable distance from the DC metro area.  Partners with projects would need to provide SCA with a cost share to offset the cost of paying members and transportation.  The crew members and leaders are recruited from the local area, have prior experience and have gone through SCA training.  For more infomation on SCA’s Washington DC community program go to: http://thesca.org/serve/program/washington-dc

    Please contact Rachel Lettre if you are interested in partnering this summer.

    Rachel Lettre
    Regional Program Director
    Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Youth Programs
    Student Conservation Association

    4245 N Fairfax Drive
    Suite 825
    Arlington VA 22203

    O: 703-524-2441 x2017

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    Summer positions available leading youth completing trail work and conservation projects.

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