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🔗PA Outdoor Corps Crew Member

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 620 USD / Week
  • Department: Recruiting
  • Job Summary: The Student Conservation Association in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), is seeking outgoing individuals to join the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps.
  • Job Qualifications:


    – Ages 18 – 25 at the start of the program

    – Able to conduct manual work in all outdoor conditions. Including the ability to hike up to 4 miles per day

    – Able to work collaboratively on a small team

    – An interest in conservation careers, trade skills, or a related field in highly encouraged

    – Must be able to model safe and professional behavior at all times

    – Must have housing in or near the program city.

    – Must have reliable transportation to and from crew meeting location

    – Must be a resident of Pennsylvania

    – Individuals over 21 with a clean driving record will be required to drive an SCA vehicle at times during the field season.

    – Willing/able to complete overnight camping hitches during the season, spending 3 – 5 days away from home. (necessary gear provided).


  • How to Apply:

    Submit Application HERE

  • Job benefits: Professional Certifications: Past certifications have included: Chainsaw certification, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Herbicide application, Wildland Fire Fighting (Red Card), and trail construction and maintenance techniques
  • Contact Name: Bridget Correa
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:

Website The Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults. Founded in 1957, the SCA is devoted to building equitable access to nature, providing green job opportunities for young people and teaching members how to become environmental stewards. The SCA also remains committed to building the next generation of conservation leaders dedicated to the lifelong protection of the environment and our communities. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country. After working with the SCA, they emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills. Several of the inspirational stories from the field are included in the following report.

Position Title: Crew Member, Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps

Location: Pennsylvania, Sites Vary

Position Type: Full Time – 9 Month Seasonal

The Student Conservation Association in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), is seeking outgoing individuals to join the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers paid work experience, job training, and educational opportunities. Corps members will join a team of young adults to complete conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands. Throughout the season members will also participate in education and training activities related to resource management, environmental education and recreation.


2024 Crew Locations: Altoona, Dubois, Harrisburg, Meadville, Norristown, Pittsburgh, Somerset Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport,

Position Dates: March 18th – Nov 27th, 2024

CORPS MEMBER TRAINING – will take place in person from March 19th – March 26th. This is a required training for all corps members. Members should plan to be away from home during this time. Food and lodging provided

Weekly Schedule: Monday – Wednesday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday 7:00 AM – 4:30 – PM

Crews meet daily at a centralized location in their program city. Crews will then travel out to the worksites together in SCA vehicles. Some drives can be up to 1.5hrs.

Compensation: $15.00/hr, paid time off (PTO), optional employee-sponsored benefits, paid trainings, career-development opportunities

*This is a field based position. Efforts will be made to accommodate safe and/or indoor work during short periods of inclement weather but crew members may be called-off during periods of extreme weather and therefore, 40 hours per week is not guaranteed in the event of inclement weather events.



– Trail maintenance and construction including: implementing water management

techniques, brushing, blazing, reroutes.

– Habitat Restoration including: invasive species identification and treatments, herbicide applications, Tree Planting, installing Riparian Buffers.

– Facility maintenance projects including: painting, staining, carpentry, plumbing, electrical

– Constructions projects such as: bridges, stairs, picnic tables, pavilions, concrete, and roofing

– Fencing and Boundary Line Maintenance


– Professional Networking – work alongside a variety of DCNR park staff and learn about different state positions, building rapport with personnel throughout the season

– Job shadowing – gain exposure to professionals across specialties within DCNR and explore opportunities to shadow them for a day

– Expand conservation knowledge by participating in Environmental Education Opportunities

– Workshops on resume writing for state positions and applying for state jobs

– Professional Certifications: Past certifications have included: Chainsaw certification, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Herbicide application, Wildland Fire Fighting (Red Card), and trail construction and maintenance techniques

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