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

Oregon | Washington

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.

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.

2016 Youth Outcomes:

  • Coming soon

Key initiatives:

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

Primary partners:

  • City of Edmonds
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • NatureBridge
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Ochoco National Forest
  • Olympic National Forest
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation

Leading supporters:

  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Hazel Miller Foundation
  • Islands Fund
  • Martin-Fabert Foundation
  • Norcliffe Foundation
  • Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
  • WYCO Fund

News, Stories & Projects

The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. Volunteers will prune back overgrown vegetation, remove invasive plant species, and re-vegetate areas with native plants.

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This year the Northwest Youth Program successfully piloted a youth conservation crew program based in South Snohomish County, Washington. This crew was designed to provide teenagers from the South Snohomish region with a conservation-based service experience within their own neighborhoods.

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Infusions of grant money and youthful energy are once again helping Mount Rainier National Park shape up this summer.
A grant from the National Park Foundation is helping pay for three teams of teenagers recruited by the Student Conservation Association’s Base to Base Camp program from Seattle and Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM). Each team, consisting of eight high school students and two crew leaders, will spend 15 days working on trail maintenance projects throughout the park.

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Contact Info

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Seattle, WA 98144
206.324.4649

Available Internships

Visitor Services/Tour Guide Intern

Starts June 19, 2017 • Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula, MT

Interns will serve as tour guides and work in the Smokejumper visitor center. Interns will assist with greeting visitors, leading tours of the Smokejumper facility.

Backcountry Permit Office Intern

Starts May 28, 2017 • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Intern will work in the backcountry office providing visitors with trail/campsite information and permits (50%), patrol backcountry, contact visitors, clear trails (30%), care for stock, assist with wildlife management and emergency response (20%).

Visitor Services/Tour Guide Intern

Starts May 22, 2017 • Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula, MT

Interns will serve as tour guides and work in the Smokejumper visitor center. Interns will assist with greeting visitors, leading tours of the Smokejumper facility.

Fire Monitoring Interns

Starts May 23, 2017 • Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson, WY

Come help the Bridger-Teton National Forest in its efforts for Wildland Fire Mitigation, Fire Education and Outreach Support!

Interpretation Intern

Starts May 14, 2017 • 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

Interpretation Intern

Starts May 14, 2017 • 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