Young Adult Programs

Are you a high school graduate, current college student, or college graduate with a passion for the environment? Are you ready to travel to new places and take on new challenges? Do you want to find a way to turn your conservation interests into a career?

SCA’s Young Adult Program:

  • Open to anyone 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED. You do not need to be in school; college graduates welcome.
  • Positions last from eight weeks to 12 months; a three-month summer internship is our most common internship type.
  • Are a 40-hour-week commitment (unless otherwise noted).
  • Are expense-paid.
  • Are found in a wide variety of fields.
  • Online application
  • FAQ

Tap into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists and explore green career opportunities with professional internships in the field. Whether your dream is to lead public programs as a park ranger, trek the backcountry as a field scientist, or explore new sustainability solutions as an urban planner, SCA has something for you. 

Individual Internships

Are you interested in environmental education? Water quality monitoring? Forestry? Archaeology? Public outreach? Whatever your environmental passion, SCA has an internship that will give you the opportunity to work closely with a partner agency or organization to get firsthand experience in the field. SCA internships include thousands of unique opportunities to gain hands-on conservation and sustainability experience all across the country. SCA interns are placed individually with a partner agency. They gain critical hands-on conservation experience working as a member of an agency, organization or sustainable business. Internships range from 12 weeks to 12 months and are open to high school graduates ages 18 and up. Learn more.

Team-based Programs: SCA Corps

Do you want to live and work on site, forging close bonds with other members of your crew? Do you want to work in the backcountry, building trails, preventing forest fires, or restoring critical habitats? SCA’s Corps Programs are built on a team-based model and are managed by SCA field staff. These programs give you the opportunity to join up with other young people who share your passion for the outdoors and accomplish hands-on conservation projects as a team. Corps Programs range from 3 to 12 months and are open to high school graduates ages 18 and up.Learn more. 

Special Programs

Are you looking for a different way to give back to the planet? Maybe you only have a week free to serve the planet during Spring Break, or you have unique qualifications, such as being a recent military veteran. Perhaps you looking for career opportunities aimed at diversifying the National Park Service or the Fish and Wildlife Service? SCA has a selection of unique programs that might meet your specific qualifications and needs. Many of these programs provide a mix of team-based orientations and trainings with individual or small group site placements. Others have unique time commitments or very specific requirements. Check these programs out to discover the myriad of ways you can serve the planet with SCA. Learn more.