High School (Ages 14-18)

Summer High School Conservation Crews
These paid six-week positions take place June to August and offer high-school-age participants a transformative experience outdoors, completing conservation projects and learning about the career field.

School Year Conservation Crew
These school year programs, typically on weekends, introduce high school-age participants to urban forestry, environmental education, stormwater management and related outdoor conservation projects.


Young Adult (Age 18+)

Young adult conservation crews (age 18+) complete various field-based conservation projects throughout the year. Each crew has its own goals and focuses on removing invasive species, restoring habitat, constructing trails, maintaining trails, urban forestry and more.

SCA crew member with tool

Crew Leader Opportunities (Age 21+)

Crew Leaders supervise and train SCA conservation crews working in the field. These paid outdoor positions guide, inspire and motivate our high school and young adult participants while making critical decisions daily regarding the safety and well-being of our crew members. During training and throughout the season, crew leaders gain experience and expertise in various conservation skills like trail building, habitat restoration, environmental education, urban forestry, and community outreach. These positions are great for young professionals building their conservation and environmental work experience.

Three SCA crew members smiling outside

Current Opportunities

  • SCA Cleveland Metroparks Trail Corps Member

    Full-time paid opportunity for (4) crew members to join a team-based program designed to introduce members to a variety of trail maintenance and trail building projects and practice the interpersonal skills required in a team environment. Teams engage in physically challenging project work focused on extending and maintaining an extensive network of trails in parks near Cleveland, working with trail builders and land managers from Cleveland Metroparks, one of the nation’s most visited parks.

    Expected dates: May 13 – Nov. 8, 2024.
    Pay: $600/wk living allowance.

    Apply Today!
  • DRG Ecological Restoration Crew Member

    Full-time paid opportunity for three crew members to complete hands-on field work under the direction of Ecological Restoration Site Managers. Daily tasks include physically strenuous herbicide application in wetlands, native seed installation, native plug planting, tree / shrub installation, invasive vegetation control (IVC), and other tasks related to habitat restoration. Interviews for this role will be in-person on March 20 and March 26. Apply now for priority consideration.

    Expected dates: May 13 – Sept. 27, 2024.
    Pay: $18/hr for up to 40 hrs/wk, $27/hr for occasional optional overtime.

    Apply Today!
  • Urban Forestry Young Adult Crew

    Full-time paid opportunity for three crew members serving in Cleveland, Ohio. This crew will advance environmental justice by growing Cleveland’s urban tree canopy, providing tree care and maintenance in low-canopy areas of the city, learning and practicing new skills, and engaging the community.

    Expected dates: June 3 – Dec. 20, 2024

    Apply Today!
  • Cleveland Urban Forestry Field Leader

    Lead a team of 3 young adults advancing environmental justice by maintaining Cleveland’s urban forest in low-canopy neighborhoods. The crew will be working on completing priority tree care projects, including watering, maintenance, mulching, pruning, and planting, in partnership with SCA’s Cleveland-area partner organizations. In addition, the crew will engage with the local community by organizing and leading volunteer community tree care projects, sharing information about the benefits trees provide, and related community engagement projects.

    Expected dates: May 13 – 26, 2024 (paid training out of states), May 27 – Dec. 31, 2024 (program).
    Pay: $800/wk.

    Apply Today!

Program Perks

  • Competitive hourly pay
  • SCA uniform
  • Access to the SCA Alumni Network
  • Environmental education
  • Learn new technical skills, including habitat restoration, trail work and more
  • Learn Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
  • Resume building and career exploration
  • Team building and job readiness training

Upcoming Events

  • Cuyahoga Valley Queer Hike - May

    May 4, 10am-noon Come out and hike! Join the Cuyahoga Valley Queer Hike along with SCA team members. For location and any questions, please refer to cuyahogavalleyqueerhike.org/

  • Stream Cleanup

    May 10, 5:30pm-8pm – Join Cleveland Metroparks and SCA team members for a stream cleanup at Wilson Mills Trailhead. Registration required: sign up here.

  • Invasive Species Removal

    May 11, 10am-2pmLearn the land’s history and participate in an invasive species removal project with Red Oak Camp and SCA team members. RSVP by email to elittle@thesca.org by May 9 to receive project details. 

Key Partners


SCA Cleveland
Elyria Little, Community Program Manager, Northeast Ohio
Phone: (571) 895-1861
Email: Elittle@thesca.org