Alaska Regional Crews

The Student Conservation Association runs crews for Alaskans age 15-19 every Summer

SCA is looking for adventurous Alaskans ages 15-19 to participate in summer Regional Crews.  These crews are fielded during the summer months with the Launch! orientation program in April to prepare for the summer.

What is a Regional Crew?

3 – 10 weeks long (most are 4 weeks) | starts early June or early July

Teamwork and Conservation Projects:

Crew Members work on crews of 6-8 members with 2 professional crew leaders.  Crews are located throughout the state, with many on the Kenai and in Southcentral – check out the map for some places we’ve had crews. Members camp in tents, cook meals together, and fully participate in a team throughout the duration of their program. The team works together to complete conservation projects like trail work, cabin restoration, invasive weed removal, salmon habitat improvement, and forest fuel reduction. Members also complete an outdoor recreation trip of 3-5 days that could include backpacking and/or rafting.

Key Partners:

  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
  • Municipality of Anchorage – Parks & Recreation
  • BLM Campbell Tract
  • National Park Service
  • Chugach National Forest

Celebrating the vast outdoors with SCA's Alaska Regional Crew


A big part of the Regional Crew experience is learning new things. You can learn about anything from public land resources and environmental issues to leadership and career readiness skills. Members will also leave with an increased understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques and will acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation.

Launch! Session 1: April 3-5 | Session 2: April 10-12

Launch! is a weekend (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) orientation filled with meeting new friends, teambuilding games, a service project, and spending time outside. At Launch! you will learn a lot more about being on a summer crew, like what to pack and what to expect for your conservation project.  People who attend Launch! receive preferred placement for summer crews and receive their crew offer earliest. 

Eligibility and Details

Costs and Stipends

All Regional Crews are provided at no cost. Members are responsible for travel to and from Anchorage for Launch! and their crew. We do have a limited number of travel scholarships available, let us know if you are interested in a travel scholarship. Members typically earn a $500 stipend after completing a 4 week crew.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Ages 15-19
  • Positive attitude
  • Motivation to serve
  • Demonstrated maturity, leadership, and social responsibility
  • Willing to camp, live, and work with other youth
  • Interest in ecological and conservation topics
  • Ready to fully participate in a team-based program

SCS's Alaska Regional Crew enjoying the scenery

What Next?

download the SCA Alaska Crew Flyer!Launch! Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Rolling deadline until March 20, 2015

Download the flyer

For new applicants:


Complete the Basic SCA Application and the Youth: Crews portion

Use Application/Promo Code PO-00623479. Applicants must first create an email address to access the SCA online application. We recommend creating a Gmail account to get started.

For returners:


Login to your portal to update your dates of availability and the Application/Promo Code.

For an application fee waiver or if you have any trouble or questions contact Jeff Chen, Alaska Recruiter at or 907-717-8414, or Eileen Kazura, Alaska Program Manager at

Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.