Alumni Opportunities

Youth Leadership Stewardship
I just had an amazing experience in the North Cascades…What do I do next?”

Check out these next-step opportunities! Remember that your YLA Instructors are great people to use as references.

General Opportunties

High School

SCA Youth Programs

Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors?

Join an SCA camping or commuting crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! Learn more here.

Post-High School

Public Lands Job Fair

Join the USFS for their annual Public Lands Job Fair on Friday, September 20th!  This will be a great opportunity to learn about seasonal jobs in wildland fire, recreation, trails, and more.  Hiring managers will be on-site to review resumes, answer questions about jobs with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, and provide one-on-one assistance navigating the USA Jobs application process. Location: Klondike National Historical Park in Seattle. Time: 5-7 PM (check-in starts at 4:30 PM)

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Outdoor Opportunities Teen Recreation Leader

The Seattle Parks and Recreation's Outdoor Opportunities (O2) program is an expedition-level outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation program for diverse Seattle teens 15 – 19 years of age.  The O2 program engages in weekly education workshops, and monthly overnight events and conservation service projects.  Students participate in the program at no cost and are eligible to receive service learning hours with the Seattle School District. The Teen Recreation Leader will organize, plan, implement and lead outdoor recreation and environmental education activities such as weekly workshops, and monthly overnight events and service projects. This is a 5-month paid opportunity at $18.00-28.91/hr.

Volunteer Opportunities


North Cascades National Park

Washington Department of Ecology

Northwest Youth Corps

Washington Trails Association

The Nature Conservancy

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

Skagit Land Trust

King County, Washington

King County Parks & Recreation

Salmon Watchers Program

Mountain to Sound Greenway

Seattle Audubon Society


Whatcom County Parks & Recreation

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Northwest Wildlife Rescue & Rehab

Whatcom Land Trust

Clatsop County  (Oregon)

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Nature Conservancy

1000 Friends of Oregon

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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