Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District

Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
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 springbreak work program, a summer work program, a Land Trust work program and a fall
volunteer program. SCoCo provides jobs to youth in our community, simultaneously
developing new generation of environmental stewards while making progress in the
battle against noxious weeds.
SCoCo members work to control invasive weeds in our lsland’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 Harbor Park, Fort
Ward Park and Pritchard Park. We have cleared ivy
from over 8000 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 methodologies of
protecting our habitat. Lunch break presentations bring locally sourced, cuttingedge conservation education to Corps members.
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
the AmeriCorps, as well as with contributions from generous community members.
Open to individuals, age 15-18, who want to work hard to make a
difference in our local environment.
Application process: Interested individuals must
attend a spring workparty and submit an application.
Twenty-four 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!
1st Wave SCoCo Application (up to 80% of program will be accepted in 1st wave):
March 8th and 9th work parties, 1-3:30 pm at Fay Bainbridge Park, (must attend one of
these if interested in spring break program).
March 11th: deadline for first wave of applications to be emailed to program
March 16th: accepted applicants from 1st wave will receive invitation to join the 2014
2nd Wave SCoCo Application:
April 19th work party, 1-3:30 pm, site TBA for summer session applicants
April 22: deadline for application to be emailed to program director
April 30th: accepted applicants will receive invitation to join the 2014 SCoCo. A waitlist will be maintained.
May10th: accepted SCoCo members must confirm that they will take summer
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 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 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.
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.
Fall restoration work parties: Corps members
who have not graduated must attend 2 out of 3 late
fall sessions, dates TBD, for more restoration work and
planting native vegetation before the winter rains. This
is a volunteer commitment. Corps members assist in
outreach efforts and field work.
Program leadership:
Director: Barb Trafton has organized and directed SCoCo,
beginning with the 2010 Pilot Program. She is a passionate
defender of our local environment, and has served as a
former board member and long-time volunteer with the
Bainbridge Island Land Trust, Weed Warriors, and The BIMPRD
Trails Advisory Committee. She coordinates Let’s Pull
Together-Bainbridge Scotch Broom Control for Sustainable
Bainbridge and has coached crew for Bainbridge Island
Rowing. Who knew this would evolve from a journey begun
with an Art History/Visual Arts degree from Princeton
Assistant Director: Molly Esteve began her AmeriCorps service
with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust in October 2013. She is a
recent graduate of Whitman College, where she studied
Environmental Humanities. Molly, who grew up in Portland, is
interested in the conservation of natural resources that
intersect urban growth. She sought out Bainbridge Island
because of its spectacular shoreline and greenery in close
proximity to Seattle.
Assistant Director: Clarice Cutler worked as an Assistant
Director with SCoCo in 2013 and is currently the Assistant
Coordinator for Let’s Pull Together. Her interest in invasive
species began with her studies at Reed College where her
thesis explored the relationship between conserved land, socioeconomic status of nearby
townships, and the conserved land’s biological integrity and risk of development. When not
pulling or planning to pull weeds she runs, brews beer, and eats good food.
Questions: please email Barb at [email protected]
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
“The Student Conservation Corps is AWESOME! Also, we’re saving the earth and all that, rather than
flipping burgers.”