Stories from the Field

Written by Lauren Freedman Whittlesey, SCA ‘10 alum, Alternative Spring Break in the Grand Canyon. Lauren turned her internship into a green job with SCA working in various capacities for the Marketing and Advancement teams.

Written by Nelson Bruni, SCA alum and staff member. Nelson has been working in the SCA Equipment Warehouse since 2004, where he is responsible for maintaining, purchasing, repairing, and shipping gear for almost all SCA field programs. Nelson also assists in the training of SCA Crew Leaders, not only in the world of gear, but also as a Conservation Work Skills Instructor.

Written by Monique Dailey who has been an SCA member since she was 10 years old.

Michael assisted with Environmental Management System certification, improving Asilomar’s sustainable food and beverage program, and strengthening waste diversion efforts. At the end of his internship, he was hired as an Environmental and Purchasing Manager with ARAMARK at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Student Conservation Association and American Eagle Outfitters will engage 120 students from colleges across the country in meaningful hands-on conservation service at two of our most environmentally challenged national parks: Everglades National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.

Photo credit: Evan Kutzler from SCA’s I heart Snow photo contest 2011

And the winner of the Jan 2012 Caption Contest is…Jayelle Cumberledge with…NO! NO!

Dr. Martin Luther King said “all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.” SCA members, alumni, staff and volunteers stayed true to that message on MLK Day.

Update: these specific positions have been filled, but we have many more internship openings available in biology, ecology, energy and water conservation, and many more!From training sled dogs in Denali to taking moonlit walks on the beach with baby sea turtles, these are our Top Ten Awesome Internships of 2012.

If you’re one of the thousands of youth looking for a summer job, you may be in luck.
At the recent White House Summer Jobs Summit, President Obama called on businesses, nonprofits and government to join in creating nearly 180,000 youth summer employment opportunities including jobs, internships and career training positions.
SCA President Dale Penny was at the White House, the only invited rep

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student of color and you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity, then look no further than the National Park Service Academy. The Academy is a joint program between SCA and the National Park Service designed to introduce diverse students from across the country to career opportunities with the National Parks.

The season of giving is upon us and, with it, the opportunity to celebrate all those who give of themselves to preserve and extend our rich natural and cultural heritage. This, of course, includes the young women and men of SCA, the generous patrons who support them, and the resource managers who guide them.

As 2011 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the top stories that caught your attention this year. They range from tagging alligators in the Bayou to confessions of a park ranger on the Washington mall! But regardless of location, one thing all the stories have in common is the passion our SCA members have for protecting and preserving the land and our national treasures.

Written by Leah Duran, SCA ’09, ’10 alum, and sent to SCA in early 2011. Leah was a 2010 Follow Me blogger and a recent addition to the SCA alumni council.Dear SCA, Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to work in beautiful places with amazing people. Thank you for the chance to learn about and practice creating community and taking care of the earth.

SCA has been a proud partner of AmeriCorps since the latter was founded in 1993. Each year, thousands of SCA members serve America’s public lands in collaboration with AmeriCorps.

Written by guest blogger Monica Patel ‘11. Monica is a two-time SCA intern who’s worked on developing wilderness stewardship plans in four different US parks and refuges. Monica’s story was first featured in the Fall 2011 Green Way newsletter.
As 2011 comes to end, I look back at a year of travel, challenges and learning opportunities in wilderness stewardship.

Jeff Chen, SCA alumni council co-chair, was featured on NBC Nightly News last week for helping America clean up its act.
Jeff co-founded Pick Up America after an idea he got during his SCA internship at Yosemite. As an intern, Jeff was hiking up Half Dome when he saw litter on the trail.

SCA is thrilled to announce the following winners for our 2011 Got Dirt? Photo Contest. These photos inspired us in one way or another to get out and enjoy nature. Thank you to the more than 6,000 entries we received.
Grand Prize winner: Denis Dessoliers, “Morning”It was sprinkling when I was driving up to Clear Lake, Colorado.

Via US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Shelby Lin is a student at Harvard University studying Applied Mathematics with a focus in Environmental Economics. At school she is involved in EnviroEd, a volunteer-run environmental education program, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Women’s Rugby Club.

Written by Brian Doughty and Jennifer Swann, SCA Conservation Corps programs.
As Veterans Day approaches and the nation honors the brave men and women from the past and present who have served in the armed forces, it is fitting that we highlight one of SCA’s newest initiatives—the Veterans Green Corps (VGC).  The ultimate goal of the VGC is to enable former members of the armed services to transi