SCA Northwest

SCA is Celebrating 30 years of service in the Northwest

Across Seattle and throughout the Northwest, SCA is building a new generation of conservation leaders and over the past 30 years, has strengthened the region’s youth, communities and environment. Today SCA annually engages more than 150 youth from Seattle and surrounding communities along a carefully crafted continuum of outdoor experiences that convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competitively enter the workforce and practice a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Read more

  • US-Canada Crew Celebration
    North Cascades Nat'l Park, Aug. 23
  • Ft. Worden Crew Celebration
    Fort Worden State Park Sun Aug. 10
  • Seattle Crews Summer Celebration
    Othello Playground - Fri. Aug. 15
  • Edmonds, WA Crew Summer Celebration
    City Park - Thurs. Aug. 14
  • Service – Stewardship – Sustainability
    In Seattle Since 1984
  • Video: SCA in the Northwest

SCA Northwest

Idaho | Montana | North Dakota | Oregon | South Dakota | Washington | Wyoming

The Northwest is the birthplace of SCA and since our first volunteers arrived at Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks in 1957, the region has remained one of SCA’s most vibrant and vital.

Locally-developed initiatives addressing area-specific needs include our SCA’s NPS Academy workforce development program with the National Park Service, the SCA-AmeriCorps Salmon-Challis National Forest Training Center, and Base-to-Basecamp initiative for dependents of military families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Our SCA Seattle program provides hundreds of under-served city youth with connections to nature and pathways to careers. And the nearby parks and forests – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades – all boast substantial numbers of SCA alumni on their staffs, a testament to the caliber of our members and the commitment of our area partners.

View our 2015 Northwest Community Program Flyer

2013 Youth Outcomes:

  • 565 youth served in the Northwest Region
  • 141,548 total hours served
  • $3,211,715 value of service to our public lands

Key initiatives:

  • SCA Seattle Community Program
  • SCA Northwest National Crews
  • SCA Individual Internships
  • SCA Corps Teams
  • SCA NPS Academy
  • SCA Canada-US International Crew

Primary partners:

  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Yellowstone National Park

Leading supporters:

  • Anonymous Donor
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Norcliffe Foundation
  • Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
  • WYCO Fund

News, Stories & Projects

In celebration of Earth Day, SCA brought together 306 volunteers from across the Seattle region for a Find Your Park Day of Service at Washington Park Arboretum.

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When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what he describes as “a real adventure” by boarding a bus in Massachusetts for a three-day, three-night cross-country trip to rural Worland, Wyoming. Once at his destination, Bob was to start a three month SCA internship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as an assistant to a regional wildlife biologist.

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“Something different” is what Jessica Aronson Cook was looking for when she first joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Canyonlands National Park intern. Little did she know she would find her future career and life-long friends.

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Education Intern

Starts August 29, 2016 • Casper Mountain Science School, Casper, WY

Casper Mountain Science School has education internships for those interested in learning to teach in the outdoors. Teams of SCA interns will teach area students the science and natural history of an 8,000 foot mountain located in central Wyoming.

Trail Crew

Starts May 31, 2016 • Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Butte Falls, OR

Trail work in southern Oregon adjacent to Crater Lake National Park and within beautiful Sky Lakes Wilderness

Trails Intern

Starts June 13, 2016 • Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake, OR

Crater Lake Trail Crew Member Intern(s)

Wilderness Backcountry Intern

Starts May 31, 2016 • Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Butte Falls, OR

Wilderness Ranger in beautiful Sky Lakes Wilderness

Public Safety Intern

Starts May 31, 2016 • Lost Creek Lake, Trail, OR

The US Army Corps of Engineers is the Nation’s leading provider of outdoor recreation. Safety is a primary concern. While enjoying the great outdoors you will work with park rangers to promote water safety to all ages.

Landscape Architect

Starts July 5, 2016 • Bighorn National Forest, Sheridan, WY

Develop management guidelines for scenic highways across the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming as a LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN.