The SCA is a national non-profit changing lives through hands-on conservation work in the outdoors. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces at various locations across the country. After working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

SCA New York State Parks Corps

Created in 2017, SCA’s New York State Parks Corps program engages enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship throughout the New York State Parks system. The New York State Parks Corps program is a ten-month residential program focusing on environmental education, trail maintenance and construction, invasive species removal, and dune restoration. Members live with one to five other members in a state park and are supervised day-to-day by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation staff. Email for more information.

SCA Hudson Valley Corps

Created in 1999, the Hudson Valley AmeriCorps Program is dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and interpreting the nationally significant historical, cultural, and natural resources of New York’s Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley region is home to more than 2.5 million residents, in addition to the 8 million residents of New York City. The SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program provides ten-month internships across the Hudson Valley region, spanning multiple conservation disciplines. Members serve at sites from Saratoga Springs to New York City, working one-on-one alongside conservation professionals at state agencies and nonprofit organizations. Visit the SCA Hudson Valley Corps page for more information.

SCA Natural Resources Steward Program

The New York State Natural Resource Steward Internship Program is a collaboration between the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Each year, 26 Stewards are placed at the most scenic forest lands across the state. Participants perform a wide range of environmental stewardship duties while working at an array of sites ranging from high-traffic trailheads to remote backcountry wilderness areas. Entering the field in late May, interns complete either a 16-week or 24-week term of service. Stewards work closely with DEC Foresters and Rangers, and receive training in Leave No Trace principles, invasive species monitoring and conservation work skills. Visit the SCA Natural Resources Steward Program page for more information.

SCA Adirondack Corps

The SCA Adirondack AmeriCorps Program is a partnership between the Student Conservation Association, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since 1998, the SCA Adirondack AmeriCorps Program has provided nearly 400,000 hours of service to the lands and people of New York. Each year, 22 volunteers contribute more than 20,000 service hours completing conservation service projects that improve and protect the state’s cultural, recreational and natural resources. Visit the SCA Adirondack Corps page for more information.

Key Partners

SCA Certified: Conservation Field Specialist Certification