Scott Weaver has spent the last 33 years serving the Student Conservation Association (SCA). He currently oversees all of SCA's top-level agency relations with DOI, USDA and DoD Bureaus and Agencies, as well as with Congress. He develops SCA's national initiatives for all of these partners as well as negotiating the necessary National Cooperative Agreements including NPS, USFS, FWS, NRCS, ACOE, U.S. Navy, BLM, USGS, DoD, and BOR.
Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Programs, as Director of the High School and Resource Assistant Programs, and he worked in the field as an SCA Conservation Work Crew Leader. Before joining SCA, Scott worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park for nine years in the Backcountry Management Unit where he first encountered SCA crews and served as the Park's Coordinator with SCA.
Scott has been active for many years in promoting youth conservation service in diverse arenas. In 1993, he helped author the original Public Lands Corps legislation in the National and Community Service Trust Act and later worked with the National Park Service to create the guidelines and operating procedures for their Public Land Corps Program which evolved to engage SCA and Conservation Corps from around the Country. In 2009, representing SCA, he co-founded the Public Lands Service Coalition the goal of which is actively engage young people of all backgrounds and communities to provide hands-on service on public lands by creating 12,500 new jobs and career development opportunities for young people on public/tribal lands and waters. Last year, he orchestrated the youth participation in over 15 AGO Youth Listening Sessions and worked with the PLS Coalition to orchestrate two, large, Inter-agency Youth Summits on the creation of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
In essence, Scott has spent his entire 40-year professional career engaging young people in conservation work on public lands and working to create what will become to be the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
Scott additionally serves on the Advisory Board of American Trails and is a member of the Association of National Park Rangers, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Yosemite Fund, and The Corps Network. His wife Kathy supervised SCA crews and his 3 children all worked in SCA programs and in national parks for the National Park Service.