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 a summer working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

Through its Urban Green Program, the SCA provides young people with paid green jobs, including single-day service projects, seasonal work and year-long internships or fellowships. Our New Jersey Urban Green program provides summer job opportunities for high school students. This 4-to-8-week summer program runs Monday-Friday and includes environmental education and job readiness training. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.  

During the program, participants learn how to work as members of a diverse team of peers; gain knowledge of public land resources, environmental issues, and career readiness skills; increase their understanding of environmental and trail restoration techniques; acquire experience in public service and outdoor recreation; and develop valuable professional skills through teambuilding and leadership activities.

This program is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted into the program. Applicants will be informed after the deadline in May if they have been accepted into the program.

 Key Partners 

  • Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
  • Fedcap  
  • Morris County Park Commission 
  • National Park Service  
  • National Park Foundation 
  • Musconetcong Watershed Association 
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Morristown High School 
  • Firth Youth Center 
  • Ramapough Lunaape Munsee Nation 
  • South Mountain Conservancy 


  • 20+ years of successful New Jersey-based community programs.  
  • The SCA has established and maintained a collaborative partnership with the Fedcap School of West Orange, NJ. This program provides year-round conservation stewardship and environmental education opportunities for at-risk youth.
  • The SCA is committed to prioritizing historic preservation by partnering with the National Park Service on critical need historic preservation projects.  
  • The SCA has developed and implemented various affinity programs throughout New Jersey, most recently with the Ramapough Lunaape Munsee Nation, providing indigenous youth the opportunity to steward their ancestral lands. 


SCA New Jersey
Pablo Galesi, New Jersey Program Manager
Phone: (347) 200-4709