What is a Regional Crew?

Map of alaska

SCA members work on crews of 8 members with 2 professional crew leaders. Crews are located throughout the state. Members camp in tents, cook meals together, and fully participate in team activities throughout the duration of the program. The team completes conservation projects like trail work, environmental restoration, and invasive plant removal. Teams will also participate in educational and fun activities like exploring the local ecosystem, practicing leadership skills, hiking, and community events. There are multiple start dates in June and July:

Key Partners:

  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • National Park Service
  • Chugach National Forest
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • Kenai Mountains – Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
  • Kodiak Islands Trail Network
  • Koniag, Incorporated
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation
  • Valley Mountain Bikers-Hikers
  • Cook Inlet Region Incorporated

Celebrating the vast outdoors with SCA's Alaska Regional Crew


A big part of the Regional Crew experience is learning new things. You can learn about anything from public land resources and environmental issues to leadership and career readiness skills. Members will also leave with an increased understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques and will acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation. Members are also expected to participate in chores, providing them with a chance to learn how to cook for a group and keep a clean and animal-proof camp.

SCA Alaska Crewmembers working the trail

Costs and Stipends

Members typically earn a $400 weekly living allowance while participating in a 4-week crew. Please keep in mind that this stipend is not a wage, and members who are dismissed or leave early from the program may be ineligible.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must currently live in Alaska
  • Ages 15-19
  • Positive attitude
  • Motivation to serve
  • Demonstrated maturity, leadership, and social responsibility
  • Willing to camp, live, and work with other youth
  • Interest in ecological and conservation topics
  • Ready to fully participate in a team-based program
  • Applicants 18 or older must pass criminal background check
  • Conditions of employment: Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

SCS's Alaska Regional Crew enjoying the scenery

How to Apply: