The Phoenix Field School is a 16-week education and training program for youth ages 18-21. The program was created through a partnership of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources (ACYR), and Phoenix College (PC).
The Field School provides an opportunity for youth to gain meaningful, hands-on conservation experience through a variety of ﬁeld-based projects, trainings, and certiﬁcations. The crews work on important conservation projects in Arizona, including trail construction and repair, riparian habitat restoration, biological monitoring, and invasive plant management. In addition to the ﬁeld work and trainings, the youth also earn 12 college credits through PC by taking classes in areas related to conservation and career development.
Throughout the 16 weeks, crew members gain the necessary skills and experience to become successful and employable in natural resource careers, while making a substantial contribution to Arizona’s natural and cultural treasures. Students gain networking connections with land agencies including the BLM, USFWS, NPS, and USFS.
Students are primarily based out of Phoenix, but the program includes conservation projects around Arizona which require camping in the ﬁeld for 4-5 days at a time.
- CPR Certiﬁcation
- Wilderness First Aid Certiﬁcation
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- SCA Conservation Work Skills Training – Trails
- Federal Chainsaw Certiﬁcation – S-212
- Wildland Fireﬁghting Training – S-130/190
Applicants must be 18-21 years of age and must pass a background check. Students must also meet speciﬁc qualiﬁcations laid out by our partners with the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, and ACYR.