Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps


How to Apply

Instructions for how to apply can be found at the Student Conservation Association's website.


Learn More

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Student Conservation Association

Established in 1957, the Student Conservation Association is America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. SCA conserves lands and transforms lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead, while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources.


Program Overview

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers work experience, job training, and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands.

In addition to hands-on job skills, the program provides learning opportunities weekly in resource management, environmental issues and topics, and recreation skills.

Corps members also will be provided with workforce development training and materials during their period of employment.

Who’s Eligible?

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components:

  • A 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25—Crews will work February through November, 2017, in the Philadelphia, Greensburg, Wilkes-Barre, and Williamsport areas. Outdoor Corps members will work a 37.5-hour week and receive $10.25-per-hour compensation and health insurance. Daily transportation to and from the work site and breakfast and lunch also will be provided.
  • A six-week, summer program for youth between the ages of 15-18—Crews will work in Erie, Meadville, Pittsburgh, Uniontown, Altoona, McConnellsburg, Saint Marys, Renovo, Williamsport, Harrisburg, York, Wilkes-Barre, Reading, and Philadelphia. Outdoor Corps members will work a 37.5-hour week and receive $10.15-per-hour compensation. Daily transportation to and from the work site and breakfast and lunch also will be provided. Applications are no longer being accepted for the six-week, summer program.


Types of Projects

Outdoor Corps members will tackle hands-on projects in state and local parks, state forests, and other public lands, such as:

  • Trail restoration
  • Tree planting
  • Light construction
  • Shoreline restorations
  • Invasive species management
  • Specialty projects in relation to recreation and conservation, which may include public outreach, research, and assessments


Availability for Local Park Work

While the majority of the project work will be performed on state park and forest lands, corps teams will be available on a cost-share basis to local land managers such as municipal and county parks and recreation departments during 2017.

Goals and Background

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources.

The program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.

The youth employment and enrichment program is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association, a national conservation jobs organization that has engaged thousands of young people nationwide in hands-on service to the land to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities.

The 2017 Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financially supported by DCNR and the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry’s Reemployment Program.