City, Student Conservation Association team up to provide teens with jobs

Mar 21, 2014

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a leader in youth service and stewardship, on Thursday renewed its partnership with the City of Edmonds’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to provide summer conservation employment opportunities for city youth.

The SCA summer program launched last year offers youth from Snohomish County hands-on experience in conservation and green jobs experience by engaging participants in habitat restoration and trail maintenance while earning minimum wage.

Students will also receive training in green job readiness, work ethics, money management, diversity, basic ecology, environmental justice, leadership and teamwork.

“SCA places great value in being able to provide conservation-based green jobs to teenagers each summer, especially in today’s employment market where opportunities for meaningful work are often limited,” said Meredith Stone, Youth Program Manager for the Student Conservation Association.

“The additional benefit here is that they are working on projects that benefit the land and residents of their surrounding communities.”

The jobs program builds on the three-week pilot program based in Edmonds during the summer of 2013, which engaged eight South Snohomish County youth ages 15-18 and two adult crew leaders.

This year, the program is expanding to six weeks and will include nine youth, one crew leader apprentice age 18-21, and two adult crew leaders.

The program aims to augment existing youth programs and build connections between Snohomish County youth and regional conservation issues while fostering stewardship to Washington’s public lands and forests.

Carrie Hite, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Director, said, “The City is excited about continuing this partnership and the opportunities it provides for local youth and the Edmonds Parks system.

“The focus of the work will help youth gain job and life skills, and assist with various projects in our parks.  It is a mutually beneficial partnership.”

The youth crews are organized by the Student Conservation Association and are funded by the Hazel Miller Foundation, the Norcliffe Foundation, the Snohomish Conservation District, individual donors, and grants from other foundations.

SCA is now accepting applications for youth member and leader positions. To apply, visit http://jointhesca.org/group/edmonds-community-crew or call 206-324-4649 with questions.

About the Student Conservation Association

SCA is a nationwide conservation workforce of college and high school volunteers who protect and restore America’s parks, forests, refuges, seashores and communities.

For more than 50 years, SCA’s active, hands-on practice of conservation has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet.

SCA is a non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC with a regional office in Seattle.

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