PA Outdoor Corps - Wilkes Barre Youth Crew

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Position Description

Position Title: Summer Crew Member, Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps

Location: Pennsylvania, Sites Vary

Position Type: Full Time - 6 Week 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, hands-on job training, and educational opportunities. Youth members will join a team of peers and two adult leaders to complete conservation projects on Pennsylvania's public lands. Throughout the season members will also participate in education and conservation projects related to resource management, environmental education, and recreation.

2023 Crew Locations: Altoona, Allentown, Bradford, Chambersburg, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Norristown, Pittsburgh, Reading, Ridgway, Renovo, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Wellsboro, York, American SIgn Language Inclusion (state-wide recruitment)

Position Dates: July 1st – August 9th, 2024
Weekly Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 3:30pm

  • Local 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, environmental education and career-exploration 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, 37.5 hours per week is not guaranteed in the event of inclement weather events.

  • Ages 15-18 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

  • Trail maintenance and construction including: implementing water management techniques, brushing, blazing, reroutes,
  • Habitat Restoration including: invasive species identification and treatments, tree Planting, installing Riparian Buffers
  • Facility maintenance projects including: painting, staining, and basic carpentry
  • Constructions projects such as: bridges, stairs, picnic tables, and pavilions
  • Fencing and Boundary Line Maintenance
  • Leave No Trace overnight camping experiences in Allegheny National Forest
  • Professional networking – work alongside a variety of DCNR park staff and learn about different state positions, building rapport with personnel throughout the season
  • Expand conservation knowledge by participating in Environmental Education Opportunities
  • Gain hands-on work experience and learn about green career path opportunities
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