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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.

SCoCo is EXPANDING again!

In 2019, THREE summer sessions will be offered: Session A, Session B, and Sesson C. SCoCo applicants will have the option of applying for one, two, or all summer sessions.

Dividing summer employment into three 12-day sessions rather than lengthening sessions will allow interested participants to extend summer employment without disregarding those who prefer the 12-day session structure. All summer sessions will maintain a hiring limit of 18 participants.

This additional summer session will add an estimated 960 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.

In order to APPLY you must attend an Application Work Party

Saturday, March 16 at Pritchard Park 10:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at Pritchard Park 10:00am-12:00pm
Saturday, May 4 at Pritchard Park 10:00am-12:00pm

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

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.

2018 SCoCo Program Report
2017 SCoCo Program Report

Session Details

SPRING BREAK SessionHolly removal

April 2April 5 from 9:00am-2:30pm

Paid 4-day Spring Break session in three or more parks. Open to 8 participants.

SUMMER Session A

June 24July 11 from 9:30am-2:30pm

No Work: July 4 or 5

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

SUMMER Session B

July 15July 31 9:30am-2:30pm

No Work: July 26

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

SUMMER Session C

 August 5August 20 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 $12.00/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 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 (please see Application Timeline for dates), 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. 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 16 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
March 20 Deadline for first wave of applications to be emailed to emilyh@biparks.org
Late March Accepted applicants will receive invitation to join Spring Break and Summer Session(s)

Second Wave Application

April 14 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
May 4 Application Work Party at Pritchard Park  10:00am-12:00pm
May 10 Deadline for application to be emailed to emilyh@biparks.org
Late May Accepted applicants will receive invitation to join the Summer Session(s)

A wait-list will be maintained for Summer Sessions.