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

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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Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.

Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary War reenactor? This is a no-brainer!”

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Contact Info

1265 South Main Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Developed and Dispersed Recreation Intern

Starts June 20, 2016 • Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish, WA

Recreation Interns In Cascade Mountains!

Medicine Wheel Interpreter

Starts June 13, 2016 • Bighorn National Forest, Greybull, WY

Interpreters needed at the Medicine Wheel which is an ancient stone structure located in the Bighorn National Forest North central Wyoming.

Interpretation Intern

Starts May 15, 2016 • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, ND

Help visitors make their visit to this incredible park a memorable one by helping them understand its mission and significance, and by helping them make connections to the park and its resources

2016 Interpretation Intern

Starts May 15, 2016 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Intern will provide information and orientation at a Yellowstone visitor center; conduct roving visitor contacts; and present interpretive programs.

Backcountry Office Intern

Starts May 29, 2016 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Backcountry Permit Office Intern, under the supervision of the law enforcement division of the park.

SCA Bird Biology Intern

Starts May 23, 2016 • Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Island Park, ID

Goshawk Survey Intern in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem