Summer Job Opportunities for High School Students with the Student Conservation Association

We would like to make you aware of opportunities for students ages 15-19 in your ward to take part in the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps program (CCLC), a summer partnership between Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Chicago Park District. 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 two-year, $1 million grant from BP America, SCA placed its first crews within the Chicago Park District in 2015 and expanded its work into the Forest Preserves of Cook County last year. BP has committed to continuing our support for SCA’s programming in 2017.

The Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps program (CCLC) is a six-week conservation service- learning experience. Selected individuals will participate on crews that will consist of 10 high school students and two adult crew leaders.

As a team, the crew will perform ecological restoration and trail maintenance projects in the Chicago Park District for six weeks. Each Friday, students will participate in field days learning about the local ecology and the environment at various sites throughout the region.

The Community Crews commence work on Monday, July 3, and SCA will continue to accept applicants until May 22. I hope you will consider sharing information about these opportunities with your constituents.

To apply for the Community Crews, applicants can read the description attached and follow the instructions.

FAQ for crew member applicants

Q: What are the age requirements to participate in the program?

A: Students must be 15-19 years old by program start and enrolled in high school or be a 2017 high school graduate.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Visit and apply online. Please see the attached instructions for how to fill out a Community Crew Member application. After submitting your application, please send an email to Daiva Gylys at to inform us that you have applied for the Community Crew.

All applications for this position must be completed by May 22nd, 2017.

Applications must be submitted electronically by May 22nd, 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Q: What is the time commitment and how does transportation work?

A: The program will run from July 3rd, 2017 to August 11th, 2017. Students will work Monday-Friday 34 hours/week and receive a wage of $8.25/hr. If a student misses more than 3 days of work they will be automatically dismissed from the program and will forfeit the remaining pay. There are no exceptions for family vacations or summer school. July 4th will be observed for the Independence Day and no programming will occur on that day. Students meet at centralized pick-up and drop-off locations (such as a CTA train stop) and are transported to their work site each day. Students leave their pick-up locations at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday and will be dropped off at the same locations by Crew Leaders at 3:30 p.m. Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew members will be paid for four hours on Fridays and will meet at their designated locations at 7:30 a.m.

Q: What exactly do students do and where do they work?

A: Students will spend their first week learning job skills that will prepare them for the program and give them skills that they can use in the future. They then engage in rewarding and valuable physical work outdoors on conservation and restoration projects in Chicago Park District sites including trail work, invasive species removal and other projects. Throughout each week time will be devoted to learning about the local ecology and environment.

Q: Who do I call with additional questions?

A: For more information please contact: Daiva Gylys, Chicago Program Manager, Student Conservation Association,, 312-239-1661 EXT 6004.