Promoting environmental stewardship

Empowering young people through community service

Just another day on the trail

Tree Felling

Clearing blow downs in wilderness areas

Revegetation of recently maintained trail

Southeast Conservation Corps



Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) operates conservation service programs throughout the Southeast that focus on empowering young people to cultivate compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. 

Building upon the foundation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SECC is focused on connecting people to the natural environment through service learning, personal development and recreation. SECC offers a variety of opportunities, including veteran fire crews, adult conservation crews, youth conservation crews, natural resource internships, youth mountain biking program, and Trips for Kids--Chattanooga.

The SECC office is located in Chattanooga, TN, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. This ideal location allows the Southeast Conservation Corps to engage a diverse population of young adults in broad range of conservation service projects and recreation opportunities within some of the oldest and most biologically diverse forests in the eastern United States.


NOW HIRING - Full Time Staff Member,  Program Coordinator 


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Now HIRING for Fall 2017

Fall 2017 trail crew applications open.

Come help better our trails and landscapes of the southeast during the most beautiful, colorful, time of year.

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   "So far, the experience I've had with SECC has been one of the best experiences I've had. During the second week of working as a part of the Urban Archeology Crew, we had a very progressive 5 days. The crew has become comfortable with each other very quickly, which includes embarrassing stories of everyone's childhoods as well as working very efficiently. Everyone in my crew has enjoyed themselves and made everyone else around them feel welcome." - Ashlyn Naylor - YCC 2017