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2022 USFS Roving Resource Crew Leader

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2022 USFS Roving Resource Crew Leader

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire with the 2022 USFS Roving Resource Crew
Position Dates (subject to change): 
Project Leader Training (paid, location TBD): 4/16/2022 to 4/28/2022 
Leader season start on site: 5/9/2022 
Member season start: 5/23/2022 
Leader end date: 9/18/2022 
Primary Responsibilities: 
The 2022 USFS Roving Resource Crew Leader will work with four crew members for 16 weeks in National Forests across multiple states. The leader will get additional time for leadership training, and to prepare for the team’s on-site arrival and departure. Training for all members include SCA orientation, Forest Service training on conducting Recreation Site Condition Surveys (both paper and tablet forms), and various recreation site and trail update task trainings. 
Following training, the USFS Roving Resource Crew will work with partners at the US Forest Service to collect site information at National Forest recreation sites. Other duties include collecting photos that can be used on, as well as some trail and campground maintenance (trail brushing, sign installation, fire ring installation, picnic table installation, painting, other routine maintenance).  
This a great opportunity to travel and camp at different National Forests, while collecting critical data that will be used for site improvements through the Great American Outdoors Act. You will work in up to 10 National Forests, with a potential focus on sites in Ohio, West Virginia, Minnesota and Michigan. A typical schedule consists of five consecutive 8-hour days with two days off. This position is ideal for candidates who have a strong attention to detail, are looking for SCA leadership positions that are not primarily trails-based, and are skilled at figuring out logistics. 
All SCA 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. 

Specifically, the Crew Leader will: 

  • Act as a Corps Team Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics 
  • Serve as an Advisor, by training members in conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship  
  • Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA 
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff 


  • Experience working with youth or young adults, teaching or environmental education a plus 
  • Experience with basic technology (tablets, digital cameras, etc.), and data collection a plus 
  • Experience with conservation work skills and/or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, habitat restoration, photography, light carpentry, painting, landscaping, and gardening 
  • Ability to adjust to a flexible schedule and coordinate changes with staff and/or agency partners 
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more 
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training 
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age 
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards 
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards 

  • $700/week total salary, paid bi-weekly. Training time is paid.  
  • Stipend of up to $1,150 is available to offset travel costs. 
  • Housing and field-based meals. 
  • SCA Leader Training and trainings on site with USFS partners 

To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and two (2) references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.  
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