City teams with conservation association to provide local teen jobs

May 03, 2013

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

The SCA summer program 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 summer conservation-based green jobs to teenagers, especially in today’s employment market where opportunities for meaningful employment 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 work of an SCA intern who recently conducted workshops and conservation service projects for Snohomish County youth, ages five to eighteen, 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 says “the City is excited about this new partnership and the opportunity it provides for local area youth and for the Edmonds Parks system.  The focus of the work will help youth create 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 Snohomish Conservation District, individual donors, and grants from other foundations.

This will be a pilot program with plans to grow into a larger program in 2014 in beyond.

SCA is now accepting applications from youth ages 15-18 for the Edmonds crew.

To apply, visit http://jointhesca.org/groups/edmonds 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.

www.thesca.org

Student Conservation Association – Northwest Regional Office 1265 S. Main St., Ste 210 • Seattle, WA • 98144 • 206-324-4649.

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