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SCA Visitor Use Survey Project Leader Posted Mar 22
The Student Conservation Association , nationwide
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers is seeking 3 experienced, quality-oriented outdoor leaders to work in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). SCA will be running 3 Visitor Use Survey (VUS) teams that span the summer and fall seasons; working in different areas of the country in the summer and fall.

Visitor Use Survey teams spend the majority of their season collecting information from a variety of USACE recreation sites. This information is crucial to help the USACE appropriately manage their resources. These VUS teams will be comprised of one Project Leader and three team members. SCA members and their Project Leader will, in pairs, collect recreation use information from visitors, primarily through roadside interviews. The interview sites include lake access points, picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads, and other recreation areas. The teams will also organize and conduct weekly conservation service projects; with past projects including trail work, backcountry campsite construction, community gardening, and outside volunteer events. This program also focuses on developing member’s leadership experience and conservation ethic, with the Project Leader facilitating their growth throughout. These positions are full time, seasonal and will be based in locations central to where the team is surveying. Interviewing for these leader positions will begin in February.

Program Dates: Positions begin April 13 with Project Leader Orientation for one week to cover technical skills and SCA processes. After, Leaders will break out to their project sites to prepare for season start and member arrival in late May. At the end of September, teams will move to new projects sites where they will work until early November. Project Leader end date is December 4, 2017. Dates and program locations are subject to change.

Team 1: Summer location – Table Rock Dam, Missouri | Fall location – Nashville, Tennessee.

Team 2: Summer location – Beaver Lake, Arkansas | Fall location – Waco, TX.

Team 3: Summer location – TBD | Fall location – Atlanta, GA.

Compensation: $545 per week paid biweekly, food, housing, access to vehicle, with some seasonal benefits.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, vehicles, housing arrangements
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor
-Assist in the technological skills training of corps members
-Manage the quality & technique of work performed
-Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative
-Manage relationship with agency partner
-Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator
-Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
-Complete required program reporting and documentation
-Oversee presentation of project data to agency partner
-Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Strong computer skills
-Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR required by the start of the training
-Experience working with young adults (ages 18-24)
-Experience working with the public
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
-Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
-Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile; complete the basic, leader, and final application sections when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references.

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