Student Conservation Association

SCAs in Anchorage, Alaska do everything from handling bear skins and teaching kids to dressing up like 18th century captains.



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The Student Conservation Association (SCA) was established in 1955 by Elizabeth Titus Putnam, a student at Vassar College, who saw the need for engaging students in volunteering for National Parks. The SCA's mission is "to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land." The SCA sends thousands of students out each year to work with both state and federal agencies. There students gain vital leadership and job skills through hands on experiences. Along with this great personal opportunity students are also promoting conservation of our natural resources. 

At the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, SCA interns are engaged in the foundation of the National Park Service: interpretation and education. They work alongside rangers and other staff members to provide visitors, young and old, with the best possible Alaska experience. These students build skill sets in doing interpretive presentations/ programs such as walking tours, roving contacts, and special programs at the center! From organizing children's summer programs, to web design, and imperative public speaking skills- our interns get to experience it all!

Similar to the opportunities at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, the SCA offers a wide variety of internships. Ranging from trail crews, to invasive species  control and data collection to museum curator or wildfire control. These are just a few of the options to chose from, 

Get started by checking out the SCA's website!