Idaho Corps

SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program

Created in 2009, the Idaho AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the environmental conservation, natural resource protection, community stewardship, and workforce development needs of the larger community touched by Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program provides five-month internships to 20 individuals serving in the Salmon-Challis National Forest region of central Idaho. Members work with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees on a variety of conservation service projects throughout the area. During their service members gain outdoor leadership experience and multidisciplinary training in a variety of land management facets, which include studying forestry and fuel loads, rangeland management, wildlife management/biology, data collection using Trimble GPS units, and trail work.

Members of the Idaho Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Trail Skills
  • GPS Training
  • Defensive Driver Training
  • Timber Stand Exam Techniques
  • Some members will receive S212 chainsaw training, ATV training, Arc Pad GIS training, etc.

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program increases natural and cultural resource protection in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and adjoining Bureau of Land Management areas containing over 4 million acres in east-central Idaho. Through hands-on conservation service projects and professional trainings, SCA Idaho AmeriCorps members enhance their field skills and career opportunities as well as impact rural Idaho communities through community outreach and volunteer engagement.

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

Members live in communal housing at a remote helibase deep the forest. Most projects are field-based hitches requiring the members to camp out for up to 10 days at a time.

 

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The SCA SCF Trails team had the chance to successfully lead themselves this hitch with the absence of project leader William Hough. The trails team started at Swagger Lake, completing a mile of trail restoration on an illegal ATV made trail.

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The third hitch of hydro featured crew members: Drew Gilberti and Sarah Koeber. The first week of work was located in the Lemhi area and the second took place near Salmon.

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The hitch two range team, Asher Hudson and Jared Renaud, camped in the town of Leadore to work directly with Leadore District Range. We worked on two projects: building fences at Lemhi Pass National Historic Monument and monitoring fences in the Timber Creek allotment.

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The Sage-Grouse habitat research project was back in action again these past two weeks, working hard to monitor the Swan Basin allotment. Something new to this hitch was the introduction of riparian transects. These particular transects are taken at areas that are nearby a water source, as opposed to upland transects that are characterized by dryer, sage brush covered terrain.

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Following their first hitch of the season, SCA Hydro began its second hitch immediately after. First hitch veteran Luis Suarez and newcomer Jenna Dohman headed to incredible sights and endless valleys. Taking a voyage with the Forest Service’s Watershed team, John, Tom, and Jared, SCA Hydro made its way to the Pahsimeroi Valley.

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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.