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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Hitch 8 Wildlife
Hitch 8 consisted of a crew of three headed down to Leadore. We hiked many miles up and down the mountain sides. The first week we really enjoyed eating wild strawberries and raspberries. We got to basically play leapfrog across streams to complete our inventory work on Aspen. The second week our crew was back to two people and the same area.

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Hitch 7 South Zone Trails

SZ Trails was back at it along Knapp Creek Trail outside of Stanley, ID. Braving 20 F nightly lows and pestering horseflies, we wrapped up work on a causeway previously started by the last SZ crew and shored up a highly eroded bank on one side of a stream fording either several timber check steps, some with diameters of up to 16 inches.

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Wildlife Hitch #7 Writeup—

For hitch #7, the Wildlife crew predominantly worked in the Wild Horse Allotment of the forest. Dozens of Aspen stands were inventoried in the many canyons along the North Fork of the Big Lost river (within the allotment). While the hikes were spectacular, the health of the stands was not; the regeneration of many stands was clearly suffering from cattle grazing.

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Hitch 7 Veg.
This vegetation hitch was a little different than previous vegetation hitches, in more ways than one. We started out with Ponderosa Pine pinecone counts. This entailed looking at pinecones through binoculars to find ones that were the right size, shape, color, etc for a seed bank in Boise. They would eventually use these seeds for re-vegetation projects in post burn areas.

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Hitch 7 U-routes:

This u-routes hitch began with a mix of two veterans and two newbies. John and Eric had no previous u-routes experience, but Brett changed that and by the end of the first day they were trimble-using machines. We were primarily confined to areas near Moyer due to the raging Salt Fire of 2011, and the plumes of smoke that we witnessed from the opposite ridges were epic.

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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.