Update Your Application for 2014! (Helpful Guide)

As we move into 2014, we here at SCA are already working towards the quickly approaching field season.  With the New Year, comes a new application.  With the new application comes a mandatory update, please  login to MySCA and get your “Basic Application Information” updated. Here’s a short workflow to help you through the process.

When you login, select “Update” for your Leader application.  Once inside you’ll notice all the tabs are red. 

Go through the red tabs and enter your information, the red denotes that it’s a required field.  After completing each section, be sure to hit the “Save” and then “Done” buttons. This should then turn the tab from red to blue.

Once you’ve updated your Basic Application Information, select the Leader tab to update your Leader Application. Remember to save and then submit your application when finished.

Hooray! You did it! When finished, make sure your Status Overview shows your Basic Application as well as your Leader Application as “Complete.”

If you have any questions or encounter trouble during this process, send us an email at [email protected] or just give us a call. We’re here to help.

Thanks for your continued patience!

The Field Leaders Department

Tips for USAJOBS Application

We all know the USAJOBS website can be frustrating at times. So we put together a little list of helpful tips from former Leaders that have secured a federal job through the site.


Let us know if you have any tips you think should be added!


New SCA Website Design. We are Here to Help you Navigate it!

Hello wonderful Field Leaders,

This morning we launched a new design for www.thesca.org. Needless to say this will throw off your normal routine navigating the site. We are here to help you figure it out! Here are a couple quick links that will help you get to the Leader program specific pages:

Field Leader Home Page

Field Leader Position Types

Current Field Leader Openings

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions about this at all: [email protected] or [email protected]

Thanks for your patience!


Conservation Curriculum Reader Survey Says?

Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest survey about the Conservation Curriculum Reader for youth programs. As promised here are the results below for you all to enjoy and reflect upon. We will be using this information in the planning process for upcoming youth programs. Specifically, addressing some of the key concerns around specific implementation strategies, reducing the number of hours of teaching in the field, and tailoring the resource to be more program specific. So, thank you again for your time and effort. We greatly appreciate your help in the crafting of SCA’s educational message.

CCR Survey Results Summary 2013

NJ Crew Leader Training is a Blast!

It’s our favorite time of year again, training season. Throughout the last six months we’ve been playing phone tag, emailing and once even faxed with you, but now is the time to really connect, learn and grow before we head out to for the 2013 summer season.

We as an organization take all of your feedback seriously and implement changes based off of said feedback each year. If you have completed a Crew Leader Training, please take the End of Leader Training Survey.

New Jersey training is in full force with Community Programs from: Baltimore, Boston, Connecticut, NJ, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and a couple Leaders from Pittsburgh, Houston, and Detroit. Here are a few fun pictures from training so far:


Joshua Tree Leader Team a Success!

From Left to Right: Justin Quinn, Kara Conner, Emily Lord, Sunny Tsou, and Project Leader Joe Hall.

A Leader Team in Joshua Tree, focusing on native plant re-vegetation, just finished up last week. The crew length was short but with only one week on the ground they were still able to plant 300 over plants including; Joshua Trees, Yucca, native grasses and others. They also watered 355 plants and recorded data for over 115 other plants in the “Hall of Horrors”.  All of the Leaders on the crew will be leading for SCA’s National program this summer. This team was a “fantastic opportunity  to shake and winter cobwebs off before the upcoming National Crew season.” 



Hurricane Sandy Relief Team

After Hurricane Sandy demolished the New Jersey coast line, The SCA knew they needed to act. It wasn’t clear how easy it would be to staff a Leader Team of S212 chain saw certified Leaders with only a two week window until Liz Vogel sent out an email calling on recent Field Leaders to lend a hand. Within 48 hours there were over 30 qualified Leaders who wanted to help. This out pouring of support helped illuminate what it means to be a Leader, it isn’t just a job, it’s an intentional decision to act when others are unable to help themselves. It’s the desire to get dirty, sweaty, and exhausted all to see the look on peoples faces whose lives you have touched. These Leaders are humble and hard-working; this post serves to share their effort and dedication to SCAs mission.

Jarred Shaw, Leah Cantor, Alex Terry, Jennica Tamler, and Dan Solmon comprised the two week Leader Team and were joined by SCA Staff; Rachel Lettre, Lori Robertson, Nelson Bruni, Will Kirkpatrick, Melissa Paterson, Daniel Parr and Ted Miller.

The following are a few before and afters to represent the amount of damage Sandy had done and the amount of clean-up the crew accomplished.






(Almost) After: 

Other Work / Crew Photos:  

The Crew gets coffee and thank-you’s from the Park Service Staff.                                                            -All photos courtesy of Leah Cantor





The SCA would like to send out a huge thank you not only to the Leaders and program staff that served on this crew, but also to the other 30 Leaders who wanted to help the people and parks of New Jersey. As the number of natural disasters per year grows, so does the need for passionate, driven, and socially minded Leaders. Moving forward, The SCA is looking to become more active in disaster relief, if you have an interest in serving on a Disaster Relief Crew in the future please send an email to [email protected] with “Disaster Relief” in the subject line. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!

Silent Swamp – An Evergreen Trail Building “Mockumentary”

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is serious about sustainable trail building but this Mockumentary they put together is hardly that. It’s about the new Silent Swamp / Preston to NW Timber connector trail and what it took to make it. It’s super entertaining and articulates what it means to be a sustainable Bike trail while giving a sneak peek at the new connector trail and some cool bike footage. Check out the Video here: Silent Swamp – An Evergreen Trail Building “Mockumentary”.

Moots Builds a Trail Building Bike

The Steamboat Springs based bike company Moots, has put together the “ultimate bike for trail building.”

Moots’ awesome titanium creation is first and foremost a go-anywhere, do-anything rig with enormous 50mm-wide Surly Rabbit Hole 29er rims wrapped with 3in-wide Surly Knard tires 

The as-yet-unnamed bike’s payload will certainly help forge one if necessary. The rear rack handily secures a full-sized chainsaw (complete with custom titanium blade cover, no less), the matching front rack anchors a wicked three-piece custom titanium McLeod, while a custom front triangle bag stores other essentials such as a folding saw, pruners, and rain gear. There’s even space in between the longtail’s rear wheel and seat tube for a 0.6L bottle of fuel.

All in – chainsaw included – the nearly 100 percent titanium machine weighs in at a surprisingly svelte 19kg (42lb).

Moots is not planning on putting the bike into mass production, but they instead built the beast to show that trails can be built without the aide of motorized vehicles. For more info and to see more pics visit the original Cycling News article here.

Boston Community Crew Makes Headlines

Boston’s crew at Buena Vista Park in the Roxbury neighborhood made headlines this week for their hard work and efforts to help change both the perception of the park  and its access.

The crew reclaimed the former drug haven and turned it into a: “place for kids to play, & people to sit.” says Henry (crew member)

The partner agency is ecstatic about the work completed. When speaking about the Buena Vista park project, Peter Sutton (the Urban Wild and Open Space Manager from the Boston Parks Department) said: “This is 100 percent better.”
“This work doesn’t happen overnight,” says Ne’kai, a member from Dorchester. “I’ve encountered positive [feedback] from neighbors. I think if they see us doing this, they should join, and start to see this as their responsibility.”

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“It’s a relief,” says Dimera, a youth worker from the area. “I used to walk by this every day and think ‘We should do something about this.’”

We’d like to give a huge thank you to the Leaders in Boston for making your projects so successful for the members, our partners, and the communities.

Link to Article on digboston.com