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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.

The Park District is hosting a modified version of SCoCo in 2021. All invasives work will be focused at Blakely Harbor Park and there will be no educational lunch hours. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and work will continue through August 27, 2021.

For more information, please contact SCoCo Program Leader Morgan Houk at morganhouk@biparks.com.

Program Information

 

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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

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2021 Session Dates

SCoCo members will be hired on a rolling basis with work continuing through August 27. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm, with one half hour of unpaid lunch. 

Salary Information

SCoCo members will be paid $15.00/hour in each session. 

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 Morgan Houk at morganhouk@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 Morgan Houk at morganhouk@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. Applicants must complete a Park District application AND a supplemental SCoCo application. Park District and supplemental applications can be found here.

Application Timeline

SCoCo

2021 Timeline TBD