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Student Conservation Corps

SCoCo Group Photo

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.

SCoCo is EXPANDING!

In 2018, TWO summer sessions will be offered: Session A and Session B. SCoCo Applicants will have the option of applying for one or both summer sessions.

Dividing summer employment into two 12-day sessions rather than lengthening a single session will allow interested participants to extend summer employment without disregarding those who prefer the 12-day session structure. Session A will maintain a hiring limit of 18 participants, while Session B will be slightly smaller with 13 participants.

This additional session will add an estimated 700 hours of invasive species removal to the existing summer program and support the program’s goal of educating future environmental stewards on conservation sciences and related career opportunities.

Application Work Parties

March 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park (Spring Break Session applicants MUST attend this Application Work Party)
April 7
 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park
April 15
 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park

For more information, please contact SCoCo Leader Emily at emilyh@biparks.org.

Program Information

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) two 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 contro

l 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 Corps members during their lunch hour.

SCoCo two girlsThe Student Conservation Corps is a community-sponsored program. Over the past eight 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.

2017 SCoCo Program Report

Session Details

SPRING BREAK Session

Monday, April 2-Thursday, April 5 from 9:30am-3:00pm
Paid 4-day Spring Break session in three or more parks. Open to 8 participants.

SUMMER Session A

Monday, June 25-Friday, July 13 from 9:30am-2:30pm
No Work: July 4, 5, 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

Wednesday, July 18-Thursday, August 2 from 9:30am-2:30pm
Summer Session B will run for 12 days with paid fieldwork taking place at multiple parks.  Open to 13 participants.

Salary InformationSCoCo

SCoCo members will be paid $11.50/hour in each session. One hour of unpaid lunch time is dedicated to conservation education during the Summer Sessions. Corps members are expected to stay on site to participate.

Fall Volunteer Work Parties

Corps 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. Corps 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.

Program Leadership

Emily Helgeson, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District’s Volunteer Coordinator

Emily took over as SCoCo Program Leader in August 2015. Her other roles with Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District include Park Services Volunteer Coordinator and Trails Crew Leader. Her interest in land conservation and stewardship on Bainbridge Island was sparked during her attendance of the 2013 Graduate Program at IslandWood. Emily holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, a B.A. in political science, and a minor in environmental studies, all from the University of Washington.

For more information, please contact SCoCo Program Leader Emily Helgeson at emilyh@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 (dates TBD), after which they will receive an application to be completed and submitted to Emily Helgeson at emilyh@biparks.org.

The Spring Break session will be limited to 8 participants. Summer Session A will maintain a hiring limit of 18 participants, while Session B will be slightly smaller with 13 participants. SCoCo members are also committing to participate in two Fall Volunteer Restoration work parties during which sites will be replanted with native species.

SCoCoThere are two waves to the application process in order to fill out 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 main page for more information on Application Work Party dates and deadlines.

Application Timeline

SCoCoFirst Wave Application

March 3 Application Work Party from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park
March 11 Deadline for first wave of applications to be emailed to emilyh@biparks.org
Mid March Accepted first wave applicants will receive invitation to join Spring Break and Summer Session(s)

Second Wave Application

April 7 Application Work Party from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park
April 15 Application Work Party from 10:00am-12:00pm at Pritchard Park
April 22 Deadline for application to be emailed to emilyh@biparks.org
Early May Accepted second wave applicants will receive invitation to join the Summer Session(s)

A wait-list will be maintained for Summer Sessions.