In California, the ecological needs are distinctive. SCA crew members make vital improvements daily to iconic parks like Yosemite National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and at a host of other locations. We prepare young adults for careers in environmental conservation, including wildland firefighting, trail building, invasive species removal, wildlife research and more in California’s national parks, forests and urban areas.


2024 SCA Western Trail Corps Project Leader Info Session
Date: March 13, 2024 at 4 p.m. EST
Join us for a virtual information session via Zoom to learn more about the Student Conservation Association’s exciting Field Leader opportunities with the Western Trail Corps program!

Current Opportunities

Field Leader – Summer 2024 Western Trail Corps
This position will lead and mentor a team of young adults as they begin their conservation journey. Leading work hitches, this role will be at the helm of diverse hands-on conservation projects in remote locations throughout the American West. Projects will include clearing trail corridors and logging out trails, installing rock structures and rebuilding trails damaged by wildfires. Expected dates: April 14 – May 12, 2024 (paid mandatory training), May 13 – Aug. 24, 2024 (program dates). Pay: $700 – $800/wk.