The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Visitor Use Survey Program is a Student Conservation Association (SCA) partnership that began in 2011. As part of this program, crew members play a principal role in collecting survey data regarding visitor usage patterns at USACE recreation sites. USACE will use survey data to improve the visitor experience at recreation sites throughout the country, which are currently some of the most visited in the federal system due to their beauty and breadth of offerings.
Participants will work on a crew of up to five (5) members with supervision from one (1) project leader. Crews will be stationed in locations that are central to the recreation sites that they are tasked with surveying. Specific locations are listed below.
Crew members’ primary responsibility will be engaging the public in roadside surveys regarding their recreation experience. Survey locations will include but are not limited to campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, and water access points at lakes (e.g., boat ramp, beach). Members will collect, organize, and submit survey data; coordinate project logistics that support adhering to a survey schedule with pre-specified locations, times, and dates; collaborate with their fellow members and project leader, as well as USACE staff; and maintain proper care of supplies and equipment.
Additionally, crew members will design and carry out weekly conservation service projects that differ from routine surveys. This an opportunity to interact with USACE rangers, project managers, and volunteers while exploring new skills and undertaking tasks that will impart lasting benefits to recreation sites. Past projects included constructing backcountry campsites, environmental education outreach, and trail maintenance.
Crew Dates & Locations:
SCA is currently recruiting for three (3) positions in this program
Dates: ASAP - November 10
Survey Locations: Des Moines, Iowa (Summer) & Waco, Texas (Fall)
Dates: August 8 - November 10
Survey Locations: Bowling Green, Kentucky (Summer) & Atlanta, Georgia (Fall)
Dates: August 8 - September 16
Survey Locations: Rogers, Arkansas (Summer Only)
Additional Member Responsibilities:
- Fully engaging in all work projects and community activities
- Communicating in a professional manner with the public
- Recording work totals and writing reports for submission to USACE partners
- Planning, implementing, and leading conservation service projects
- Designing and teaching environmental education lessons
- Promoting safety and maintaining conservation values/ethics
- Logistical support including crew meal planning and shopping for work weeks
- Data collection through roadside or roving visitor interviews (70%)
- Survey response processing and written reports (10%)
- Conservation service projects and environmental education (15%)
- Community building (5%)
- Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are strongly desired
- Commitment to service in working conditions that will include extreme heat, high humidity, precipitation, and busy public areas
- Valid driver’s license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred (only participants 21+ will eligible to drive work vehicles, though persons 18+ are encouraged to apply)
- Housing provided for duration of program
- Food and transportation provided for on service days
- Living allowance of $300/week
Provided Trainings & Certifications:
- SCA & USACE Orientations and Histories
- Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Trainings
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics — Trainer Course
See Job Description
Please directly contact Matt Duarte, SCA Program Assistant, with an expression of interest in addition to completing an online application.
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