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)
SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Every year we motivate and deploy thousands of young people who care passionately about improving their natural world. We put them to work in our parks and public lands and urban green spaces to make impr...ovements and learn conservation and sustainability practices. We teach them how to plan, enact, and lead, all while making a tangible impact in conservation. SCA members protect, enhance, and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and urban green spaces across the United States. They serve year-round in programs lasting anywhere from two weeks to twelve months.