The Student Conservation Association

Provides students of all ages in the USA the opportunity to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities.


  • What does it take to be a park ranger? Here's your guide:

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Park Rangers… But Were Afraid to Ask | 31 Mar '18, 3pm

    Park rangers. Unmissable in their iconic hats, the public often knows them as the people in uniforms who monitor trails and hand out maps in parks. But that’s only a tiny part of their roles. In fact, being a park ranger is an extremely diverse job that involves both protecting our st...

  • A Typical Day for a Sea Turtle Surveyer 14 Dec '16, 6pm

    It’s early, really early, but a warm sea breeze, an ATV ride through a dark tunnel of sea grapes, and a magnificent, multi-hued sunrise have already combined to make my 5:30 AM wake-up time feel more than worth it. Reaching the start point of my survey, I begin checking marked nests f...

  • SCIENCE LESSON: Why do leaves change color in the fall? #FirstDayofFall Answer via @compoundchem:

    Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall 22 Sep '16, 7pm

    There are so, so, so many reasons to love autumn (milder weather, jackets, less crowded parks and trails, fewer mosquitos, less poison ivy, cozier camping, pumpkins, squash, gourds… we could go on forever), but the best—and certainly brightest—may be what happens to the leaves. But wh...

  • Celebrate #EarthDay as a #nationalparks volunteer. Join us & @the_SCA @ #FindYourPark events

    Celebrate #EarthDay as a #nationalparks volunteer. Join us & @the_SCA @ #FindYourPark events 01 Apr '16, 4pm

    Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial Through Service! To commemorate the National Park Service Centennial and in support of the Find Your Park campaign, American Express and the Student Conservation Association are partnering to engage volunteers from across the nation in se...

  • Job seekers, impact makers apply here

    Field Leaders: Current Openings 06 Aug '17, 5am

    Field Leader positions are open to those 21 and older who have strong field experience and a desire to lead, motivate, inspire and guide. Below are some of the field positions that will become available over the next few months. Please view the Field Leader Position Types linked to th...

  • Events 19 Dec '15, 8pm

    Don’t have a lot of time to set aside for service right now? No problem! SCA organizes single-day conservation service projects all over the country, all year long. Check here for weekend service events, alumni gatherings, training workshops, and more. Whether you’re an alum who wants...

  • Counting Tiny Crocodiles | The Student Conservation Association 25 Sep '15, 3pm

    When we spot a pod of baby crocodiles hiding out in the mangroves closest to shore, we paddle up fast, grabbing them left and right with our bare hands and placing them into buckets. Surprisingly, the hatchlings don’t even try to bite you. They chirp warning calls from beneath the man...

  • Save the monarch! Take the pollinator pledge with Elizabeth Braatz, SCA intern for @USFWS

    A Pledge for Pollinators | The Student Conservation Association 28 Jul '15, 3pm

    ABOVE: Teaching a pollinator workshop. Exhibit A: bee in a jar! This post was written for Open Spaces , the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wild...

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