Anchorage, AK

Alaskan Youth Conservation Corps

SCA fielded its first Alaskan Youth crew in 2011 through a partnership with Cook Inlet Regional Corporation (CIRI). That crew consisted of 6 Alaska Native youth and served for 21 days in Talkeenta, AK. Now, after three years, the Alaskan Youth Crew program has blossomed into 9 crews with 74 positions throughout the state, from the Kenai Peninsula to the heart of the Interior.

The Alaskan Youth Conservation Crews are fielded during the summer months of June, July, and August, with a spring orientation program in April to prepare members for summer crews. Youth can be placed on programs from 15 days to 10 weeks long. All crews have two professional crew leaders who facilitate the entirety of the crew experience. Members camp in tents, cook their own food, and fully participate in a team throughout the duration of their program. They participate in conservation projects including 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 experiences.

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

Stipends are given for successful completion of program including participation in service project and recreation trip.

Trainings Often Offered: 

  • Leadership Development
  • Risk Management
  • Career Readiness
  • Conservation Technical Skills
  • Reflection and Transference
  • Conservation History
  • Conservation Ethics
  • Ecological Literacy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Outdoor Recreation

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

Key Partners:

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
BLM Campbell Tract
Cook Inlet Regional, Inc.
Municipality of Anchorage – Parks & Recreation
National Park Service
USFS Chugach National Forest


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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.