2014 Student Conservation Corps Program
The Student Conservation Corps or "SCoCo" is a field work and volunteer opportunity enhanced with conservation education for local high school students. SCoCo brings the energies and passions of youth to local environmental work through five program components: a spring series of volunteer application-work-parties, a spring break work program, a summer work program, a Bainbridge Island Land Trust work program, and a fall volunteer program. SCoCo provides jobs to youth in our community, simultaneously developing a new generation of environmental stewards while making progress in the battle against noxious weeds.
SCoCo members work to control invasive weeds in our island's parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District's Invasive Plant Management Plans. In 2014, The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (BIMPRD) is once again offering 24 Student Conservation Corps positions as a part of ongoing stewardship efforts in our parks, in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and Sustainable Bainbridge. The Student Conservation Corps aims to foster a new generation of environmental stewards.
The Student Conservation Corps is a successful part of a multi-pronged effort, involving hundreds of volunteers, to manage the English ivy, Scotch broom, and other invasive weeds which threaten the vitality and beauty of Bainbridge Island parks. In the past four years, SCoCo has made a significant dent in noxious plant infestation at Blakely Habor Park, Fort Ward Park, and Pritchard Park. We have cleared ivy from over 8,000 trees in over 200 acres. Corps members have worked enthusiastically to make SCoCo the most effective local weed control effort to date. The Park District has adopted this program to encourage youth to make a difference while gaining a paycheck for their contributions and learning the science and methodology of protect our habitat. Lunch break presentations bring locally sourced, cutting-edge conservation education to Corps members.
Salary information: All SCoCo members will be paid $9.49, for four hours a day in each session. One hour of unpaid break time is dedicated to conservation education during the summer session and Corps members are expected to stay on site to participate.
Application process: Interested individuals must attend a spring work part and submit an application. 24 students will be accepted for the 2014 SCoCo sessions. The SCoCo members commit to a full BIMPRD summer session and two additional fall volunteer work parties. Up to 12 interested students from these 24 may participate in the spring break program.
There will be two waves of the application process in order to fill out the spring break program while allowing for others to apply later for the summer session. Interested students must attend one training work party in order to apply. This counts as a volunteer activity and students may get community service credit for their hours. Interviews will occur during these sessions, and applications will be issued to students after these work parties. Applicants should come dressed to work in loose-fitting pants and work shoes, with gloves and appropriate layers for warmth. We will meet and accomplish some great work, rain or shine!
First Wave SCoCo Application Process - up to 80% of applicants will be accepted in 1st Wave!
Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9, 1:00-3:30pm at Fay Bainbridge Park (must attend one of these two sessions if interested in the Spring Break program)
Second Wave SCoCo Application Process
Saturday, April 19th, 1-3:30pm, site TBA (must attend this session if interested in summer session)
You can also find work party information on our Facebook page.
- March 11th for first wave applications - please email to director, Barb Trafton: email@example.com.
- March 16th - accepted applicants will received invitation to join SCoCo 2014
- April 22nd for second wave applications - please email to director, Barb Trafton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 30th - accepted applicants must confirm that they will take summer positions.
SPRING BREAK Scotch Broom Brigade:
March 31st -April 3rd, 12:30-4:30 pm
Up to twelve students
selected from those hired for the Summer Session will workin 3 or more Parks to clear
Scotch Broom. This work is best achieved before the spring bloom and while the
ground is still soft from winter rains. The goal: remove all Scotch Broom from
our Bainbridge Island Parks.
SUMMER 2014 BIMPRD Student Conservation Corps:
June 23rd to July 9th. 9:30 am-2:30 pm The Program will run for 12 work days with holidays on weekends and July 4th. Field work will take place at two or more parks.
Bainbridge Island Land Trust SCoCo Session:
July 14th to 18th. 9:30am-2:30pm This program is open to Summer Session SCoCo members as an optional extended work opportunity. Field work will take place at 2 or more sites that may include private Conservation easements in addition to Land Trust owned open space.
Informational PDF here
Quotes from SCoCo Members:
"This program definitely tested my physical endurance/stamina, but also was immensely satisfying. I enjoyed getting to know people I'd never met before and working hard with the knowledge that what I was doing did make a difference ... Thanks again for giving me this amazing experience!"
"Thanks for another great year of SCoCo! I think we had an awesome group this year . . . I enjoyed all of our speakers and I also enjoyed being able to work at different parks this year - it made the program more interesting and allowed us to tackle a greater variety of projects."
"The Student Conservation Corps is AWESOME! Also, we're saving the earth and all that, rather than flipping burgers."
SCoCo is a community sponsored program. Over the past four years, The Student Conservation Corps has been made possible with support from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, 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 and AmeriCorps, as well as with contributions from generous community members.