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.

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. In New York City, the SCA has been fielding crews since 1999. Applicants must be ages 14-19 to participate in NYC Urban Green programs. Crew members must be currently in high school or recent high school graduates.

The focus of the program is on outdoor conservation stewardship projects. Also included will be lessons and activities about environmental education, climate change awareness, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), green jobs preparedness and financial literacy. This program is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted.

Current Opportunities

Stamford Urban Forestry Young Adult Crew Member (Connecticut)
This position will assist with Urban Forestry Service work in Stamford, Connecticut. Projects will include tree planting and invasive species management. Program dates: May 6, 2024 – Dec. 20, 2024. Pay: $20/hr.

Key Partners

  • Helen Gurley Brown Foundation 
  • Natural Areas Conservancy 
  • NYC Parks
  • National Park Service 
  • NY State Parks 
  • The Edward S. Moore Foundation 
  • The Robert M. Schiffman Foundation 
  • Cardinal Hayes High School 
  • Academy of Mount Saint Ursula 
  • St. Catharine’s Academy 
  • Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School 
  • New York City Mountain Bike Association


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