Student Conservation Association (SCA) has a mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities. They do this by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
This is year #61 for SCA. New Jersey is newer to the program but there are several NJ SCA summer high school job programs in areas throughout the state including Hunterdon County, Newark and Camden.
Their first community based conservation program was in Hunterdon County in 1999, partnering with the Hunterdon County Parks system. Since then, they have enlisted 300 high school students in conservation job opportunities in Hunterdon County and the impacts on the county’s trail system have been enormous.
In 2003 SCA expanded its New Jersey programming by establishing high school programming in the Newark area in partnership with Prudential. SCA has Camden community crews that are run from their Philadelphia oﬃce.
The New Jersey Community Program provides paid summer job opportunities (July through August) for high school students in the Hunterdon and Essex county regions of New Jersey. This 6-week summer program runs Monday-Friday and incorporates environmental education and job readiness training into the conservation service experience. Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects.
It is not too early to consider these opportunities, though you need to submit applications by May 16th. Check out the how to apply section of their website.