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Student Conservation Corps

 

The Student Conservation Corps (SCoCo) is a paid Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District employment opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local High School age students. SCoCo brings the energy and passion of youth to local environmental work through four program components:

  1. A series of spring Application Work Parties
  2. A paid Spring Break session
  3. Three paid summer sessions
  4. Fall volunteer restoration work parties

The employment SCoCo provides to youth in our community develops a new generation of environmental stewards while making progress in the battle against noxious weeds in Bainbridge Island parks. SCoCo members work to control invasive plant species in our island’s parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District’s Invasive Plant Management Plan. During the three summer sessions, local educational speakers provide conservation education and career advice to SCoCo members during their lunch hour.

For more information, please contact Program Manager Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.org.

 

SCoCo is Hiring!

Applications are now open for our 2022 spring break and summer sessions. Applicants must be 15 years old to apply.

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Program Information

 SCoCo two girlsThe Student Conservation Corps is a community-sponsored program. Over the past nine years, SCoCo has been made possible with support from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the Associated Bainbridge Communities (ABC) Conservation/Education Foundation, the Washington Foundation for the Environment, Bainbridge Ace Hardware, Bay Hay and Feed, Town & Country Markets, AmeriCorps, as well as with contributions from generous community members.

2019 SCoCo Program Report
2018 SCoCo Program Report
2017 SCoCo Program Report

Session Details

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Applicants are welcome to apply for one or all of the 2022 SCoCo sessions. Applicants may be accepted for some or all of the sessions applied to. A waitlist will be maintained for all sessions.

Application Work Parties

When:

  • Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a-12:00p
  • Sunday, April 3, 10:00a-12:00p
  • Saturday, April 16, 10:00a-12:00p
  • Wednesday, May 4, 3:30p-5:30p
  • Saturday, May 14, 2:00p-4:00p

Location: Sakai Park, 1560 Madison Ave N

  • All applicants must attend at least one (1) application work party in order to apply.
  • If you can absolutely not attend one of these scheduled events, please reach out to Program Manager Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.org. We MAY be able to find another volunteer opportunity for you to attend.
  • Participants MUST register for each work party. Register online using Activity #595000, or by emailing morganhouk@biparks.org with your name, age, and what date you will attend. If you are not registered by 5:00p the evening before the work party, you may not attend.
  • If you are under 18, you MUST bring a signed copy of the Parent Authorization Form with you to a work party. The form must be completed in full and emailed as a PDF attachment to morganhouk@biparks.org, or brought to the work party in hard copy. The SCoCo Program Manager may reject any form that is not properly completed. There are absolutely NO exceptions.
  • Participants are required to follow all COVID-19 safety procedures as communicated by staff. Failure to do so may result in the participant being asked to leave the work party and being ineligible to apply to SCoCo.

 

Spring Break Session
  • April 4-7
  • 9:30a-2:30p
  • Open to 10 participants
  • Multiple park locations across Bainbridge Island
Summer Session A
  • June 27-July 14
  • July 4 and 5 off for the 4th of July holiday
  • 9:30a-2:30p
  • Open to 18 participants
  • Multiple park locations across Bainbridge Island
Summer Session B
  • July 20-August 4
  • 9:30a-2:30p
  • Open to 18 participants
  • Multiple park locations across Bainbridge Island
Summer Session C
  • August 9-24
  • 9:30a-2:30p
  • Open to 18 participants
  • Multiple park locations across Bainbridge Island

 

Fall Work Parties

When:

  • Saturday, October 15, 10:00a-12:00p
  • Sunday, October 23, 10:00a-12:00p

Locations: TBD

Notes: More information will be available later in the summer.

 

Salary Information

SCoCo members will be paid $15.59/hour. One hour of unpaid lunch time is dedicated to conservation education during the summer sessions. SCoCo members are expected to stay on site to participate.

How to Apply

Student Conservation Corps is open to individuals ages 15-18 who want to work hard in a group setting to make a difference in our local environment.

Please note current Park District policies require that all new employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (per the CDC’s current definition of “fully vaccinated”). You will be required to provide proof of vaccination before beginning employment.

Applicants must complete the following before the application deadline for either (or both) spring break and summer sessions.

  1. Application Work Party — Attend one Application Work Party. See session details for Application Work Party dates.
  2. Park District Application — After attending an Application Work Party, applicants must submit a BIMPRD Employment Application by the application due date.
  3. SCOCO Supplemental Application — After attending a work party, applicants will be emailed a link to a supplemental SCoCo application that must be submitted along with the BIMPRD Employment Application by the application due date.

The Park District Application and the SCOCO Supplemental Application should be emailed to SCoCo Program Manager Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.org. PDF attachments are preferred.

Application Timeline

SCoCo

Spring Break Session

Applications Open – Early February
Application Work Party – Saturday, March 5
Applications Due – Friday, March 11
Applicants Notified – Wednesday, March 16

 

Summer Sessions

Applications Open – Early February
Application Work Parties:

  • Saturday, March 5
  • Sunday, April 3
  • Saturday, April 16
  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Saturday, May 14

Applications Due – Sunday, May 22
Applicants Notified – Tuesday, June 1