SCA's Seattle Crew is helping make changes to young lives... and the environment!

Since 1984, SCA has been connecting Seattle-area youth with hands-on conservation programs in Seattle and the greater Northwest region. Thanks to numerous public agencies, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to an average of 100 young people from the Seattle area each year.

The SCA Northwest Community Program provides year-round conservation opportunities in and around the Pacific Northwest. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects. 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.

Programs are divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running June through August).  The Northwest Community Program offers both volunteer and paid service opportunities. Volunteer programs occur on weekends during the school-year and for 15-30 days during the summer, while paid, urban service programs run Monday-Friday during the summer.

Summer 2014 Program Impact

  • 10,068 hours of service
  • 93% Retention
  • 7, 110 hours Conservation Work Accomplished
  • 27% Alumni Members
  • 1,706 hours environmental education
  • 492 hours job readiness
  • 760 hours outdoor recreation

“I learned that hard work pays off, because I was tired and worn out,
but pushed myself to finish… It made me feel good inside.” — Member Thomas F.

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR Certification
  • Resume Building       
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Trail Skills

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school. Other requirements vary by position.

To contact SCA’s Community Programs in Seattle and the Northwest, email

To apply, log in or sign up to start your application today!


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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.