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Student Conservation Corps

The Student Conservation Corps (SCoCo) is an employment opportunity for High School students with the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District aimed at limiting the spread of invasive species in our parks.

With on-going concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic and with instructions from Governor Inslee, it is with great regret that the Park District will not be running the Student Conservation Corps this summer season.

We know this program cancellation will be a disappointment to many community members. SCoCo is more than an invasive removal job for students — it is an adventure into environmental stewardship with friends. We will miss you this summer and look forward to coming together again in the fall.

For more information, please contact SCoCo Program Leader Emily Swift at emily@biparks.org.

Program Information

 

SCoCo two girls

The Student Conservation Corps (SCoCo) is a paid Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District employment opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local High School students. SCoCo brings the energies and passions 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, and (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 parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District’s Invasive Plant Management plans. During the Summer Sessions, local educational speakers present cutting-edge conservation education and career advice to SCoCo members during their lunch hour.

The 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

SPRING BREAK Session

Holly removal

April 6April 9 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Paid 4-day Spring Break session in three or more parks. Open to 10 participants.

SUMMER Session A

June 22July 9 from 9:30am-2:30pm

No Work: July 3 or 6

Summer Session A will run for 12 days with paid fieldwork taking place at multiple parks. Open to 18 participants.

SUMMER Session B

July 13July 28 from 9:30am-2:30pm

Summer Session B will run for 12 days with paid fieldwork taking place at multiple parks. Open to 18 participants.

SUMMER Session C

July 30August 14 from 9:30am-2:30pm

Summer Session C will run for 12 days with paid fieldwork taking place at multiple parks. Open to 18 participants.

 

Salary Information

SCoCo members will be paid $13.50/hour in each session. 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.

 

Fall Volunteer Work Parties

SCoCo members who have not yet graduated must attend 2 out of 3 scheduled fall Volunteer Work Party sessions (dates TBD) for restoration work and planting native vegetation before the winter rains. This is a volunteer commitment made when accepting summer employment with SCoCo. School community service hours are available. SCoCo members are also asked to assist in outreach efforts in promotion of the following year’s SCoCo Session by bringing interested applicants to fall Volunteer Work Parties.

For more information, please contact SCoCo Program Leader Emily Swift at emily@biparks.org.

How to Apply

Open to individuals, age 15-18, who want to work hard in a group setting to make a difference in our local environment.

Interested individuals must attend an Application Work Party in the spring (please see Application Timeline for dates), after which they will receive an application to be completed and submitted to Emily Swift at emily@biparks.org.

The Spring Break Session will be limited to 10 participants. All three Summer Sessions will maintain a hiring limit of 18 participants. SCoCo members are also committing to participate in two fall Volunteer Restoration Work Parties during which sites will be replanted with native species.

There are two waves to the application process in order to fill the Spring Break program while allowing for later applicants to apply for Summer Sessions. Interested applicants are REQUIRED to attend at least one Application Work Party in order to apply. Application Work Parties are volunteer events and students may receive school community service credit for their hours. Informal interviews will occur during these work parties and applications will be issued to all interested students afterwards via email. Applicants should come dressed to work in comfortable pants and work shoes, with gloves and appropriate layers for warmth. We will meet and accomplish some great work, rain or shine!

Please see Application Timeline on the for more information on Application Work Party dates and deadlines.

Application Timeline

SCoCo

First Wave Application

March 7 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
March 11 Deadline for first wave of applications to be emailed to emily@biparks.org
Mid March Accepted applicants will receive invitation to join Spring Break and Summer Session(s)

Second Wave Application

April 4 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
April 19 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
April 26 Deadline for application to be emailed to emily@biparks.org
Early May Accepted applicants will receive invitation to join the Summer Session(s)

A wait-list will be maintained for Summer Sessions.