Job opportunity: Student Conservation Association

Evan Major, the Detroit Program Manager for the Student Conservation Association (SCA) sent along this job opening. Major says this is  “an exciting job opportunity to work with some great people and facilitate green job readiness programming for/with Detroit youth.”

For the past couple years the SCA has led hike/bike trail construction efforts at Rouge Park on Detroit’s west side.

Here is more information on the job position and how to apply. Resumes and cover letters are due on February 10th.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks a Program Coordinator for our Community Conservation Program in Detroit, MI.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and deliver conservation-based youth employment program in Detroit, MI in collaboration with community partner organization.
  • Recruit, hire and train seasonal crew leaders to lead youth in program.
  • Work with other SCA staff to create and facilitate crew leader trainings focused on youth development, outdoor leadership, and conservation work skills.
  • Assist program partner with youth recruitment, try-out, and hiring process.
  • Develop sustainable conservation projects with program partners in neighborhoods, city/regional parks, and public lands.
  • Develop educational opportunities, primarily revolving around the SCA Green Job Readiness Curriculum, focused on work readiness competencies, environmental education, and green career pathway exploration.
  • Ensure that programming is developed and implemented to SCA program standards.
  • Handle administration, reporting and evaluation of all SCA Detroit program activities.
  • Represent SCA Detroit in partnership development, visibility efforts, and maintain a positive community reputation.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in conservation, education, youth development, or a related field.
  • 2+ years experience in at least 2 of the following fields: education, outdoor recreation, non-profit management, community organizing, conservation or youth development
  • 2+ years program management experience including staff hiring, field operations and safety, and environmental education.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement conservation, community, or youth development programs with youth and young adults in the Detroit community.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Working knowledge of MSOffice
  • Community First Aid (including CPR) certification from the Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other approved medical training.

Please send cover letter and resume to Dan von Bargen at by February 10, 2011

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