The Student Conservation Association’s Urban Green program advances innovative climate solutions, prioritizes environmental justice and youth development, and leverages the strength of public-private partnerships.

Our Urban Green program provides young people with paid green jobs, including single-day service projects, seasonal work and year-long internships or fellowships.

Urban Green programs are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Newark, New York City, Oakland/Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the Washington, D.C. metro area, with further expansion still to come.

After working with the SCA, our members emerge with increased environmental awareness,
social responsibility and leadership skills.

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Urban Green Programs Across the United States

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Field Leaders - Open Positions

Current opportunities are posted as they become available.

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  • Field Leader - Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps

    This position will supervise a team of ten high school youth completing hands-on conservation and restoration projects within different areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

    Dates: June 24-28, 2024 (training), July 1 – Aug. 2, 2024 (program).
    Pay: $23/hr.


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  • Field Leader - Seattle Urban Green Crew

    This position will supervise a team of 12 high school youth completing hands-on conservation projects, potentially including trail construction and rehabilitation, general trail management, natural resource enhancements and invasive species removal across multiple partner sites in the Seattle area.

    Dates: June 5 – Aug. 27, 2024.
    Pay: $900/wk.

    Apply Today!
  • Field Leader- Yosemite Backcountry Crew

    This position will supervise a team of high school youth members to complete field conservation projects throughout Yosemite’s backcountry areas.

    Dates: June 13-23, 2024 (training), July 8 – Aug. 2, 2024 (program).
    Pay: $900/wk stipend.

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  • Field Leader- NYC Community Crew

    This position will supervise a team of 10 high school students. The crew will be working on various conservation projects in parks located in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

    Dates: June 13-16, 2024 (training), June 27 – Aug. 14, 2024 (program).
    Pay: $900/wk.

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Crew Members - Open Positions

Current opportunities are posted as they become available.

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  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens- Conservation Crew Member

    Members will support the National Park Service staff at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens with important trail restoration and rehabilitation projects.

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  • C&O Canal NPS - Conservation Crew Member

    Members will support the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal maintenance staff with routine daily activities along the towpath.

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  • C&O Canal NPS- Conservation Crew Member

    Members will participate in natural resources management and vegetation removal at a National Historical Park.

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  • I'm ready to apply! Where do I start?

    Visit our programs page to learn more about our offerings.

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  • Can I receive academic credit for an SCA internship?

    Interns may be able to receive academic credit through their college or academic institution in where they are currently enrolled. Contact your academic advisor to discuss if this is possible.

  • Are SCA programs only for science majors?

    We have seen a variety of majors participate: History, English, Art, International Relations, Business, Math, Spanish etc. Some positions are looking for applicants with specific backgrounds, while others offer on-site training and only require that applicants be passionate about the position. Read through the position descriptions thoroughly to determine which positions are the best match for you. We offer internships in a wide variety of areas.

  • I have a question that's not addressed here. How do I contact the SCA to learn more?

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