Opportunities for Young Adult Women on the Student Conservation Assoc. Calumet Women Crew!!


There are opportunities for a few young-adult womento participate in the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) program this fall as part of the Calumet Women Crew.

SCA provides young people with seasonal jobs performing vital environmental conservation projects in parks and public lands. SCA’s efforts serve to expand career pathways for passionate yet underemployed youth who gain skills and experience essential to future success and a lifetime of environmental stewardship.

Thanks to a $1 million grant from BP America over two years, SCA placed its first crews within the Chicago Park District last year, and they are expanding their work in the Chicago region in 2016.

The program is an eight-week conservation service-learning experience managed by SCA and its partners in the Calumet Region. Selected individuals will participate on the crew with 10 young-adult women and two adult leaders. As a team, the crew will perform ecological restoration and trail maintenance projects in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Chicago Park District for eight weeks. Each Friday, the crew will participate in field days learning about the local ecology and the environment at various sites throughout the region.

Q: What are the requirements to participate in the program?
A: Participants must be a woman age 18-25 years old by program start, and must have the ability to legally work in the U.S. Outdoor experience, knowledge of the Calumet Region and/or being a resident of the South Side of Chicago is a plus!

Q. What exactly will crew members be doing?
A. The experience is designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Activities include using hand and mechanical tools to complete a range of projects in the Calumet region such as: trail and park maintenance; habitat restoration; seeding; and co-leading stewardship days.

Q: What is the time commitment and compensation?
A: The program will run from September 7th, 2016 to November 2nd, 2016. Students will work Monday-Friday 32 hours/week and receive a wage of $10.50/hr. If a student misses more than 3 days of work they will be automatically dismissed from the program and will forfeit the remaining stipend.

Q. Will transportation be provided?
A. Transportation will be provided to and from a central pick up location near public transportation, so participants must be able to meet at the central pick up location or have the ability to meet on site.

Q: How do I apply?
1. Email resume and cover letter to Carina Ruiz at cruiz@thesca.org (Include subject line “2016 Fall Calumet Crew”)
2. Go to www.thesca.org and complete a profile
3. Submit a “Community” application.

District Office:
4926 South Ashland
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 925-6580