High School Students: Do you love being outside? Enjoy doing something different every day? Have a passion for the environment? The Student Conservation Corps is hiring high school students for spring and summer work sessions to remove invasive species from Parks and Land Trust properties. Read on to find out more!
Interested in the 2015 SCoCo Program?
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 an Application Work Party and submit an application for the Spring Break Scotch Broom Brigade or Summer 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.
SPRING 2015 APPLICATION WORK PARTY DATES:
MARCH 1 - BLAKELY HARBOR 1:00-3:30PM
MARCH 7 - TED OLSEN NATURE PRESERVE 1:00-3:30PM
APRIL 11 - FAY BAINBRIDGE PARK 1:00-3:30PM
APRIL 25 - PRITCHARD PARK 1:00-3:30PM
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 application 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!
1st Wave SCoCo Application(up to 80% of program will be accepted in 1st wave):
March 1st: Application work party Blakely Harbor Park 1-3:30pm
March 7th: Application Work Party Ted Olsen Nature Preserve 1-3:30pm
March 11th: deadline for first wave of applications to be emailed to program director.
March 16th: accepted applicants from 1st wave will receive invitation to join the 2015 SCoCo
Second Wave SCoCo Application
April 11th: Fay Bainbridge 1-3:30pm
April 25th: Pritchard Park 1-3:30pm
April 29: deadline for application to be emailed to program director.
April 30th: accepted applicants will receive invitation to join the 2015 SCoCo. A wait-list will be maintained.
May 10th: All accepted SCoCo members must confirm that they will take summer positions.
SPRING BREAK Scotch Broom Brigade March 30th - April 2nd. 12:30-4:30 pm:
Up to twelve students selected from those hired for the Summer Session will work in 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 2015 BIMPRD Student Conservation Corps: June 22nd to July 8th. 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 13th to 17th. 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. There is also an opportunity for more days beyond July 17th for interested students.
You can also find upcoming work party information on SCoCo's Facebook page.
If you have more questions and interested in knowing more about the 2015 SCoCo program, please contact Clarice Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becca Nissley at (206) 842-1216 or email@example.com.
More About the Student Conservation Corps:
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 is supported by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust by providing matching funds for projects on Land Trust conserved properties and managerial assistance through BILT's AmeriCorps Volunteer. In addition, a private conservation easement landowner may choose to hire SCoCo to assist with restoration work on their property.
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 2015, 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 five years, SCoCo has made a significant dent in noxious plant infestation at Blakely Harbor Park, Fort Ward Park, Fay Bainbridge, 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.
If you are a private conservation easement land owner interested in having SCoCo on your property, please contact Becca Nissley, BILT's AmeriCorps volunteer at (206) 842-1216 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.