AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps

SCA has proudly partnered with AmeriCorps since this national service program began in 1993. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.  AmeriCorps partners recruit, train, and place AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Whether improving schools, fighting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members get things done.  Over the past two decades, AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Learn more about SCA AmeriCorps programs and opportunities. We encourage our agency partners to learn more about AmeriCorps program requirements
 



 


 

News, Stories & Projects

An army of blue-clad Conservation Rock Stars stormed Hudson River Park on Saturday, celebrating Earth Day with hands-on service at April’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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Hitch 4 brought WildCorps to the Living Desert, a public botanical garden and zoo in Palm Desert, CA. The Living Desert is unique in that it is the only American zoo focused solely on the deserts of the world.

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If I told you of a human-made environmental crisis so widespread that it threatened many of the places we hold dear, a dilemma that has spurred controversial commentaries from those in the media and divergent responses from government, you’d say I was referring to climate change. And you would be wrong.

Much like climate change, however, this threat is hard for the average person to see and even more difficult to understand.  And it started over 60 years ago.

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After living in the desert through the heart of winter, springtime in the Mojave comes on like a freight train, and suddenly you’re walking through a Ralph Steadman painting and there’s lilies and poppies and blue dicks and the beavertail cactus is blooming, as is the creosote and the bladderpod and the hopsage.

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Hundreds of SCA volunteers across the country took to the field yesterday to celebrate the MLK National Day of Service. From pulling invasives with National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis in DC, to cleaning up a historic park in Harlem, to rejuvenating community gardens in California, SCA members carried on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through hands-on service.

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Youth in the Great Outdoors AmeriCorps Stewardship Teams

SCA’s Youth in the Great Outdoors AmeriCorps Stewardship Teams program was developed in 2011 to provide hands-on conservation projects and educational programming that promotes stewardship values and sustainable practices within our public lands and communities with the goal of engaging our nation’s youth in these activities.

The Youth in the Great Outdoors AmeriCorps Stewardship Teams provide 10-month internships in geographically diverse regions of the country, including rural, suburban, and urban areas. Although the Stewardship Teams program is not a residential corps, members come together for trainings and monthly calls and stay connected virtually throughout the program year.

The Stewardship Teams will take action to connect the public to the great outdoors in two ways: (1) by engaging youth in hands-on conservation work that protects and restores our land, water, and ecosystems, and (2) by engaging youth in outreach campaigns, events, workshops, environmental education, interpretive programming, and other similar awareness strategies.

Members bring skills from a range of disciplines including trail building, invasive species removal, inventorying and mapping, greenway and bike path planning and design, curriculum development and delivery, outdoor recreation coordination, and vegetation propagation.

Members of the Stewardship Teams receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • CPR Certification
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Project Management
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.

In addition to transportation to and from the internship location, members receive a weekly living allowance, medical insurance, and can be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. Housing and other allowances vary by position.