Conservation Through Collaboration

For over six decades, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has been the leading conservation partner of resource managers across America. We help our partners complete critical projects, from a single intern conducting wetlands surveys to a trio of interpretive specialists leading nature walks or a team of 10 restoring an ailing habitat.

The SCA’s talent pool is diverse, motivated, and highly qualified. Partners routinely report that SCA members exceed expectations while infusing their workplaces with new energy and renewed focus. Our robust and proven recruiting process identifies candidates with the skills and abilities specific to your positions and meeting your particular conservation objectives.

By partnering with the SCA, you’ll help build the next generation of conservation leaders and possibly discover your next hire. We place thousands of youth and young adults in team and individual placements in all 50 states and a range of U.S. territories.

To learn more, contact our Partnership Team at

Agency Partners


How To Partner

The Student Conservation Association is the largest provider of hands-on conservation environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults.

Our staff located regionally throughout the country will serve as your main point of contact. Your representative will assist you with completing program requests, providing cost estimates, facilitating the agreement process and assisting with general inquiries.

We have national cooperative agreements with virtually every federal agency, and active relationships with myriad state natural and cultural resource offices as well as nonprofit partners. The SCA is also a proud (and original) partner of AmeriCorps and an accredited member of The Corps Network.

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Program Models

The SCA offers an array of effective and economical program model solutions for resource managers at every level.

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Partner Benefits

Resource managers have many choices when it comes to youth conservation teams.

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Partner Resources

Access SCA information and resources you will need as a partner.

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What Our Partners Are Saying

“Without the SCA interns, we would not be able to maintain our trails and cabins. They are a vital part of our program and are key to providing quality and safe recreation opportunities for the public.”

Judd Manuel Recreation Operations Manager, Tongass National Forest

“We keep coming back to the SCA because the process is so smooth and we get a great selection of candidates.”

Jim Lewis Chief Of Interpretation, Education And Cultural Resource Management, Stones River National Battlefield

“Without the support of this position, we would not have been able to have as large of a reach to our desired audience, both in-person and distance learning. The work this position supports is crucial to sharing the mission of our refuge with visitors.”

Kara Zwickey Visitor Services Manager, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

Contact the Partnership Team

The SCA’s experienced Partnership Team is here to help get you started.