Student Conservation Association Essays

Only applicants who receive a waitlist invitation via email are eligible for the National Crew waitlist.

SCA has more National Crew applicants than positions, so there are always many strong candidates who don’t receive a placement. Any qualified applicants who haven’t been placed in a position by April 1st are invited to join the waitlist. These candidates will be considered as new positions become available in the spring, and as spots open up last minute during the summer.

Candidates on the waitlist are not rank ordered, so there’s no way to calculate where a person stands on the list. Instead, if a space opens up on a crew, SCA will consider all waitlist candidates who meet the requirements for the open position. 

For example, if a 15-year-old girl drops out of a backcountry crew, SCA will use the waitlist to find 15-year-old girls who are able to serve in the backcountry.

Last minute spots often open up during the summer, so waitlist candidates may be contacted by SCA as late as July 31st

Candidates can request to be removed from the waitlist by contacting [email protected]. 

Title: Botany Intern

Salary Range: Not Known

Consideration Date: February 12, 2018, to June 3, 2018

Brief Description:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking applications for Botany Intern. Your responsibilities will include: Helping in the Park nursery, propagating and transplanting native plants for restoration, controlling alien plant invasions using mechanical and chemical means and hiking and camping in remote backcountry locations Monday through Friday.  Other duties may include monitoring native species. This position requires that applicants be physically fit and able to work in sometimes challenging outdoor conditions. It is an opportunity to learn the native flora of Hawaii and to learn what conservation activities are taking place there.

Hosted By:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a non-profit group in the United States whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land through service opportunities, outdoor skills, and leadership training.


To be eligible, the student must possess

  • Biology: some coursework or experience
  • Earth Sciences: some coursework or experience
  • Ecology & Restoration: some coursework or experience
  • Resource Management: some coursework or experience
  • Backpacking: some experience
  • Field Research: some experience
  • GPS: some experience
  • Working with Animals: some experience
  • Plant Identification: competent without supervision

How to Apply:

Applicants must be applying for an internship by the given link:

Financial Assistantship:

The internship program provides Housing or Stipend.

More Information:

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