Urban Green Youth - River Trail Nature Center

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Position Summary

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) in partnership w/ the Forest Preserve District of Cook County seek Crew Members for the 2024 Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Program. Crew Members will spend their first week learning job skills that will prepare them for the program and give them skills that they can use in the future. They then engage in rewarding and valuable physical work outdoors on conservation and restoration projects in the Forest Preserves of Cook County including trail work, invasive species removal and nature center projects in a team with ten other crew members and their adult leaders. Throughout each week time will be devoted to learning about the local ecology and environment. Once a student is hired, they will usually be placed at the forest preserve work site that is closest to their home. Members can meet on-site if they live close to the nature center, or we can provide transportation from a local designated pick-up and drop-off site for members who do not have transportation to the worksite.


July 1, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Making sure you arrive on time to your selected work location; Assist your Crew Leaders with hands-on service projects over the summer in all weather conditions; Assist your crew in natural habitat restoration and trail maintenance; Properly using hand tools like loppers, bow saws, shovels, rakes, etc.; Participate in all program Environmental Education days; Recording your work hours, and filling out a proper timesheet; Providing feedback, a positive work environment, and motivator for your crew; Follow all program rules and regulations; Assist with data and photo collection, program wrap-up and reporting

Marginal Duties

Understand and follow safety protocols; Proactively communicate with leaders if you will be late or miss work.

Required Qualifications

14-18 years old (14 and 15 year old would need a workers permit) enrolled in high school or a 2024 high school graduate; Willing to work with others as part of a team and be a positive teammate; Willing to work outdoors doing physically strenuous activities in summer heat and conditions; Be able to commit to attend the whole program (all 5 weeks); Able to attend an Orientation and a virtual Zoom interview; Complete all hiring paperwork from SCA; Meet either at the worksite or the designated pick-up and drop-off location;

Preferred Qualifications


26 per week

Living Accommodations

NO living accommodations for this position


$15 the hour for 26 hours a week

All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

Personal Vehicle Information

Additional Benefits

AmeriCorps: Not Eligible

Equal Opportunity Statement

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. SCA is committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Physical requirements and working conditions specific to the position are available in the full job description.