Wisconsin Conservation Corps
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Current Job dates:

Currently recruiting for jobs that start between March 1st, 2024 and November 22nd, 2024.

  • Crew Leader

    Crew Program
    $15,400.00 - $15,400.00 / season

    Position Title: Crew Leader
     

    Position Service Site: Wisconsin Conservation Corps, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin; project sites throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest
     

    Service Dates:

    The WCC Crew Leader commitment will feature two AmeriCorps service terms in 2024:

    • April 30th through August 22nd, 2024 (17 weeks)
      • 1200 Hour AmeriCorps Service Term
    • September 10th through November 20th, 2024 (11 weeks)
      • 900 Hour AmeriCorps Service Term

                                 

    Benefits:

    • Biweekly living stipend paid throughout season
      • $550 per week for 28 weeks, $15,400
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award earned upon successful completion of service
      • Approximately $8,700
         

    Housing: Provided in the form of single occupancy tents at campsites or dormitory-style indoor accommodations (depending on project and time of year).
     

    Requirements: Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a background check, and full availability throughout the season.
     

    Position Overview: Crew Leaders lead and motivate Crew Members while completing conservation projects as a team in the outdoors. Wisconsin Conservation Corps crews travel throughout the northern Midwest and can expect to perform conservation service projects with 3 to 6 different project partners during their season. A typical WCC crew features two or three Crew Leaders and three or four Crew Members. Crew Leaders will be expected to change crews at times during the field season depending on the needs of WCC or project partners. This means that one Crew Leader may not stay with a specific crew for their entire summer or fall season; they may serve with several different WCC crews during their season. A Crew Leader is responsible for the safety of the crew throughout the season at project sites and during non-project time. A Crew Leader will educate Crew Members about conservation corps operations and successful implementation of conservation projects. Crew Leaders will need to communicate with WCC staff and project partners on a daily basis through phone calls, text messages, workflow apps, and email. Crew Leaders are required to drive WCC fleet vehicles and manage safe trailer use. Crew Leaders will regularly tow trailers behind their fleet vehicles throughout the season. When not actively serving on a project, a Crew Leader is responsible for promoting service and environmental awareness through community engagement and volunteerism in the outdoors.

     

    Service Description: Wisconsin Conservation Corps crews serve together to complete projects that make positive and lasting change in natural areas around the upper Midwest. Conservation projects that WCC crews complete may include:

    • Habitat restoration through the treatment and removal of invasive species
    • Trail building and design in state parks, national parks, conserved land, and other publicly accessible natural areas
    • Boardwalk construction and installation along National Scenic Trails and in publicly accessible natural areas

    Crew Leaders have the opportunity to expand their comfort zone. Crews spend the full duration of their season living, serving, and traveling together. Off times during the season are an opportunity to explore nearby towns and natural areas, take care of chores like laundry and grocery shopping, and relax at camp or in provided housing. Wisconsin Conservation Corps does not allow the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, or tobacco throughout the entire crew season, during the service day or during non-project time. WCC crews live sustainably and follow Leave No Trace principles. Participants are responsible for developing a menu, grocery shopping, and cooking together, while taking into account all possible dietary restrictions.

     

    Crew Leader Training: Crew Leaders participate in a five week training program provided by WCC at the beginning of the season. Crew Leader Training features the following trainings and more:

    • NOLS Wilderness First Aid
    • Chainsaw Use and Maintenance Certification
    • Brush Saw Use and Maintenance Training
    • Certified Pesticide Applicator Certification in Wisconsin
    • Trail Building Training
    • AmeriCorps Orientation
    • AmeriCorps Conflict Resolution Training
    • Fleet Vehicle Use and Driving Training
    • Trailer Towing Training and Practice
    • Tent and Campsite Set Up Training
    • Budgeting, Food Shopping, Cooking, and Hygiene Overview

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Co-lead and motivate a conservation corps crew made up of 2 or 3 Crew Leaders and 3 or 4 Crew Members
    • Oversee safety and well-being of the crew during the service day and during non-project time
    • Serve up to 12 hours per day on project for 4-10 consecutive days in outdoor locations; 40 hours per week of direct project field service time is expected
    • Complete service projects and camp in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures
    • Operate and maintain chainsaws, brush saws, herbicide applicators, backpack sprayers, mowers, and hand tools to accomplish conservation projects as assigned
    • Operate fleet vehicle and trailer as assigned
    • Hike extended distances on various terrain with a 25+ pound backpack
    • Manage day-to-day crew tasks including cooking, camp cleanliness, crew schedule and time management, errands, chores, and vehicle and trailer cleanliness
    • Use basic budgetary and financial guidelines to manage food shopping expenses
    • Keep detailed records of crew accomplishments, including acres restored or feet of trails maintained/built
    • Assist with documenting and promoting the WCC Crew Program by photographing participants in the field and sharing photos with WCC staff
    • Communicate with project partners to ensure proper completion of project objectives
    • Communicate with Crew Members, WCC staff, and members of the public
    • Practice Leave No Trace principles and sustainable living techniques
    • Create a functional and positive crew community
    • Abide by all WCC & AmeriCorps policies and procedures
    • Alcohol, recreational drug, and tobacco use is strictly prohibited throughout the season, during project work, evenings, and off times

       

    Qualifications:

    • Able to perform field duties while exposed to adverse conditions such as inclement weather and biting insects
    • Willingness and ability to use herbicide, chainsaws, and any other tools required to complete assigned tasks
    • Leadership experience as conservation corps Crew Leader, summer camp counselor, trip leader, mentor, resident assistant, or other related experience
    • Participants must provide personal items such as all-leather boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, water containers and rain gear; WCC has a small library of outdoor gear that may be borrowed for a season (supplies are limited and are not guaranteed to be available upon arrival)
    • Must be able to commit to the full 28 week field season
    • Passionate about environmental causes and creating community through environmental service
    • Understanding or willingness to learn various conservation practices or land management techniques
    • Possess a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record
    • Upon hire, all Wisconsin Conservation Corps Crew Leaders must consent to a Criminal History Check; service with WCC will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WCC provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Crew Member

    Crew Program
    $3,600.00 - $3,600.00 / season

    Position Title: Crew Member
     

    Position Service Site: Wisconsin Conservation Corps, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin; project sites throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest
     

    Service Dates:

    • May 28th through August 16th, 2024
      • 675 Hour AmeriCorps Service Term

     

    Benefits:

    • Biweekly living stipend paid throughout the season
      • $300 per week for 12 weeks, $3,600 total
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award earned upon successful completion of service
      • Approximately $2,800

     

    Housing: Provided in the form of single occupancy tents at campsites or dormitory-style indoor accommodations (depending on project and time of year).
     

    Requirements: Ability to pass a background check and full availability throughout the season.
     

    Position Overview: Crew Members complete high priority restoration projects all over Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest as a part of the Wisconsin Conservation Corps Crew Program. WCC crews travel throughout the northern Midwest and can expect to perform conservation service projects with 3 to 6 different project partners during their season. Crew Members and Crew Leaders may be moved from crew to crew depending on the needs of WCC or project partners. Projects may include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal and treatment, trail building and restoration, boardwalk construction, carpentry projects, and other land and grounds management duties for project partners. Crew Members live and serve with two or three Crew Leaders and two or three fellow Crew Members throughout the season. Crew Members can expect to live in single occupancy tents at campsites and campgrounds or in indoor, dormitory-style housing near their project sites. Crews may relocate every week or may stay in one location for several weeks at a time. When not actively serving on a project, Crew Members are responsible for promoting community service and environmental awareness through community engagement and volunteerism in the outdoors.

     

    Service Description: Wisconsin Conservation Corps crews serve together to complete projects that make positive and lasting changes in natural areas around the Upper Midwest. Conservation projects that WCC crews complete may include:

    • Habitat restoration through the treatment and removal of invasive species
    • Trail building and design in state parks, national parks, conserved land, and other publicly accessible natural areas
    • Boardwalk construction and installation along National Scenic Trails and in publicly accessible natural areas

    Crew Members have the opportunity to expand their comfort zone. Crews spend the full duration of their season living, serving, and traveling together. Off times during the season are an opportunity to explore nearby towns and natural areas, take care of chores like laundry and grocery shopping, and relax at camp or in provided housing. Wisconsin Conservation Corps does not allow the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, or tobacco throughout the crew season, during the service day or during non-projec time. WCC crews live sustainably and follow Leave No Trace principles. Participants are responsible for developing a menu, grocery shopping, and cooking together, while taking into account all possible dietary restrictions.

     

    Crew Member Training: Crew Members participate in a three day training program provided by WCC staff at the beginning of the season. Crew Member Training features the following trainings and more:

    • Brush Saw Use and Maintenance
    • Trail Building Basics
    • AmeriCorps Orientation
    • AmeriCorps Conflict Resolution Training
    • Tent and Campsite Set Up

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Serve up to 10 hours per day for 4-10 consecutive days on a crew comprised of 4-7 other service members in outdoor locations; 40 hours per week of direct project field service time is expected
    • Serve and live in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures, either in a camping environment or in indoor dormitory-style housing
    • Operate and maintain brush saws and hand tools to accomplish environmental restoration project tasks as assigned
    • Use long-handled trail building tools to maintain trails or to build new trail
    • Hike extended distances on various terrain with a 25+ pound backpack
    • Effectively communicate with fellow Crew Members, Crew Leaders, Wisconsin Conservation Corps staff, project sponsors, and members of the public
    • Practice Leave No Trace principles and sustainable living techniques
    • Be an active and reliable part of a functional and positive crew community
    • Abide by all Wisconsin Conservation Corps & AmeriCorps policies and procedures
    • Alcohol, recreational drug, and tobacco use is strictly prohibited throughout the season, during project work, evenings, and off times
       

    Qualifications:

    • Able to perform field duties while exposed to adverse conditions such as inclement weather and biting insects
    • Willingness and ability to use hand tools and brush saws to complete assigned tasks
    • Participants must provide personal items such as all-leather boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, water containers, and rain gear; WCC has a small library of outdoor gear that may be borrowed for a season (supplies are limited and are not guaranteed to be available upon arrival)
    • Must be able to commit to the full 12 week field season
    • Passionate about environmental causes and creating community through service
    • Understanding or willingness to learn various conservation practices or land management techniques
    • Proficient communication skills
    • Upon hire, all Wisconsin Conservation Corps Crew Members must consent to a Criminal History Check; service with WCC will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WCC provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Stewardship Coordinator

    Tall Pines Conservancy and Waukesha County Land Conservancy
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Stewardship Coordinator

    Position Service Site: Waukesha County Land Conservancy (WCLC) and Tall Pines Conservancy (TPC) (Waukesha County, WI)

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024    (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    20 Hours/Week with Waukesha County Land Conservancy and 20 Hours/Week with Tall Pines Conservancy for a total of 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Mileage will be reimbursed.

     

    OVERVIEW: Waukesha County Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect and care for environmentally significant land and water in Waukesha County for future generations. They have just over 3,000 acres of environmentally-significant lands in Waukesha County protected in perpetuity thanks to a highly engaged and active volunteer board of directors, our dedicated committee members, supporters, and community leaders. 

     

            Tall Pines Conservancy is a nationally accredited, non-profit land trust focused on preserving the Lake Country region and beyond. We believe in protecting farmland, water, and open spaces within our community to honor generations past, maintain a connection to our rural heritage and preserve these irreplaceable resources for future generations to enjoy.

     

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will work on a variety of WCLC and TPC projects.  This position is field-based with required office-based work. All office-based work will be conducted either remotely or from the TPC office in Nashotah. However, frequent travel throughout Waukesha County and Southeastern Wisconsin is anticipated for site visits, trainings, meetings, conferences and more.

    This position will include a wide range of responsibilities including leading stewardship workdays, conducting property monitoring visits, overseeing current and soliciting new volunteer positions, assisting with grant writing (excluding federal grants), land management planning, and more. The Stewardship Coordinator will also assist with activities that advance the missions of WCLC and TPC, by raising the visibility of our work and growing support among new and existing stakeholders. This will be supported through all of the activities listed below.

    The successful candidate will spend 50% of their time with WCLC, and 50% of their time with TPC.

     

    RESPONSBILITIES:

    Stewardship and Land Management

    • Work with current staff to define, plan, and schedule invasive species removal workdays and other stewardship events on fee-simple properties and partnership properties
    • Monitor all owned and conservation easement properties
    • Record and file all property monitoring reports and maintain organized stewardship files for each property and program
    • Create and execute property management plans, and manage property leases
    • Prepare grant applications (excluding federal grants), sometimes with partner organizations, and manage, execute and report on grant contracts
    • Lead the WCLC Stewardship Committee and prepare meeting agenda, packets, and reports and present updates at committee and board meetings
    • Work with the Watershed Program Manager on implementation of best farming practices together with landowners and the Farmers for Lake Country
    • Assist with and lead the development of baseline documentation for easements and fee-simple properties
    • Develop maps and other materials to help communicate location, needs, and urgency of stewardship efforts with partners, prospective funders, and others

     

    Community Engagement

    • Lead, participate in, and engage our community in outdoor activities, property tours, and workdays on a regular basis, including working with people of all ages and from all backgrounds
    • Lead and manage WCLC’s Adopt-A-Preserve program and engage the public in the stewardship of WCLC properties
    • Engage and train current and new volunteers in monitoring programs
    • Lead the creation of educational initiatives and resources to increase awareness on stewardship priorities, projects, programs, and successes
    • Work with neighbors, members of the public, and staff to resolve encroachment issues and easement violation issues
    • Assist current staff with events and promotional activities, including those scheduled on weekends
    • Establish and strengthen current partnerships and seek new partnerships with like-minded organizations; work with current partners to execute programs and events

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • At least 18 years of age
    • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in environmental science, land management, or similar field
    • Background/Experience in land management, agriculture, or water resources a plus
    • Experience working with GIS and other mapping software strongly preferred
    • Plant and natural community-identification skills preferred, and a desire to build conservation/stewardship knowledge
    • Pesticide Application Certification or ability/willingness to receive certification preferred
    • High proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint as well as excellent file and email organizational skills
    • Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to drive to offices, partner offices, event locations, and properties
    • Physical demands and service environment regularly requires the service member to be outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths
    • Physically able to work long days outside in inclement weather, hike on and off trail
    • Able to carry up to 50 pounds of equipment
    • Work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense, sunshine, rain, and snow
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed
    • Commitment to the missions of WCLC and TPC

     

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711

  • Summer Conservationist

    The Ridges Sanctuary
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Summer Conservationist

    Position Service Site: The Ridges Sanctuary (Baileys Harbor, WI)

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024 (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Housing that is walking distance to the service site is provided for $25 per week.


    OVERVIEW: The Ridges Sanctuary mission is to promote positive environmental behaviors through impactful educational experiences, land management and protection, and ecological research. The Ridges was established in 1937 after Albert Fuller, then Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum, began spending a significant amount of time surveying the landscape. Fuller spearheaded a grassroots movement to protect this incredibly diverse property and establish Wisconsin’s first land trust. The Ridges now protects over 1600 acres comprising fifteen discrete plant communities, 475 inventoried vascular plants, a Boreal Forest glacial relict and twenty-six of Wisconsin’s forty-nine native orchids. The Ridges has also established popular early childhood education programs, a nationally recognized Orchid Restoration Project, and welcomes over 35,000 visitors to our Nature Center each year.

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The Ridges Sanctuary is seeking a motivated individual to join our team of conservationists. The primary responsibilities will be to assist with the management of the sanctuary, research projects and additional citizen science monitoring programs. This candidate will possess knowledge of local flora, best management skills in conservation practices, and strong interpersonal skills to interact with our volunteers, staff, and partners.

     

    Training that will be provided, if not already completed:

    • Knowledge of local natural and cultural history
    • Throughout the experience, there will be ongoing learning opportunities to expand your knowledge in education, research, preservation, and more!

     

    RESPONSBILITIES:

    Land Management:

    • Collaborate with Land Manager and other staff to implement conservation activities and projects
    • Assist with citizen science land management volunteer activities
    • Assist with invasive species management and control on Sanctuary property
    • Assist with research activities for the Orchid Restoration Project and Dwarf Lake Iris Restoration Project
    • Give guided hikes when necessary, which requires a working knowledge of the cultural and natural history of The Ridges, including local flora and fauna, history and founding of The Ridges, geologic history of The Ridges, etc.
    • Help monitor all parts of the property for potential illegal activity and misuse regularly
    • Help monitor trail systems for disruptions or hazards that could disrupt visitor access
    • Responsible for the implementation and management of The Ridges trail cameras as part of the WI-DNR’s SnapShot Wisconsin program

     

    Conservation Research and Monitoring:

    • Collaborate with the Director of Research and other staff to implement research initiatives
    • Assist with the expansion and improvement of the Orchid and Dwarf Lake Iris Restoration Projects, including procuring equipment for environmental monitoring, recording associated species for each orchid species, carry out asymbiotic propagation, etc.
    • Assist with establishing protocols for research-based reporting
    • Assist with the reporting of research results for monitoring and restoration projects
    • Facilitate citizen science-based monitoring activities with volunteers and staff

     

    Visitor Engagement:

    • Interact with visitors daily and answer questions about The Ridges, the Nature Center, and Door County
    • Assist with daily operations for visitors and members which may include program registration, customer service, store sales, and other needs
    • Help answer incoming phone calls

     

    HOUSING: Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program/organization/agency. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations. Pets are not allowed.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • At least 18 years of age
    • Some experience in environmental conservation or natural resource management is preferred
    • Energetic and enthusiastic personality to interact and collaborate with co-workers, volunteers, and visitors
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Withstand the physical demands of work which involves some lifting, carrying, bending and hiking across uneven terrain
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Lifeguard Certification and Experience is a plus
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Naturalist

    The Ridges Sanctuary
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Naturalist

    Position Service Site: The Ridges Sanctuary (Baileys Harbor, WI)

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024    (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Housing that is walking distance to the service site is provided for $25 per week.


    OVERVIEW: The Ridges Sanctuary mission is to promote positive environmental behaviors through impactful educational experiences, land management and protection, and ecological research. The Ridges was established in 1937 after Albert Fuller, then Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum, began spending a significant amount of time surveying the landscape. Fuller spearheaded a grassroots movement to protect this incredibly diverse property and establish Wisconsin’s first land trust. The Ridges now protects over 1600 acres comprising fifteen discrete plant communities, 475 inventoried vascular plants, a Boreal Forest glacial relict and twenty-six of Wisconsin’s forty-nine native orchids. The Ridges has also established popular early childhood education programs, a nationally recognized Orchid Restoration Project, and welcomes over 35,000 visitors to our Nature Center each year.

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The Ridges Sanctuary is seeking motivated individuals to join our team of naturalists. The primary responsibilities will be developing and leading educational programs for The Ridges Backpack Adventure Camps, leading guided hikes for adults and families, and to assist visitors at the Nature Center and along the trail. Other experiences include weekly immersion into the operations of the Organization including our Orchid Research Project, Land Management, and developing and completing an individualized project in an area of interest.

     

    Training that will be provided, if not already completed:

    • Knowledge of local natural history
    • Early Childhood Education Training
    • CPR certification and Shaken Baby Syndrome
    • Throughout the experience, there will be ongoing learning opportunities to expand your knowledge in education, research, preservation, and more!

     

    RESPONSBILITIES:

    Education Programs

    • Assist with developing and teaching Backpack Adventure Camps for children ages 4 to 11
    • Lead nature hikes on a daily basis teaching visitors about The Ridges
    • Assist with group tours as needed
    • Participate in special events
    • Develop a report, program, or educational materials for staff or visitors based on an individual area of study
    • Assist developing brochures, programs, activities to enhance the visitor experience

     

    Visitor Engagement

    • Interact with visitors daily and answer questions about The Ridges, the Nature Center and Door County
    • Responsible for managing daily operations for visitors and members to include program registration, customer service, store sales, and other needs
    • Help answer incoming phone calls

     

    Research/Preservation

    • Support land management and research staff in various projects throughout the summer such as orchid monitoring, plant surveys, and trail maintenance

     

    HOUSING: Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program/organization/agency. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations. Pets are not allowed.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • At least 18 years of age
    • Experience in developing and delivering environmental education and/or camp programs
    • Lifeguard Certification and Experience is a plus
    • Energetic and enthusiastic personality to help motivate children and collaborate with co-workers
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Withstand the physical demands of work which involves some lifting, carrying, bending and hiking across uneven terrain
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Summer Project Leader

    Kenosha County Parks
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title:  Summer Project Leader

    Position Service Site:  Kenosha County Park System  

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024    (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Requirements: Covid-19 vaccine highly recommended

    OVERVIEW: Established in 1927, the Kenosha County Parks system offers more than 1,500 acres of managed recreational land at eight parks dotted across the county, plus 14 miles of paved cycling trails. The mission of the Kenosha County Parks Division is to provide accessible, diverse venues throughout the County that encourage the pursuit of healthy, recreational and educational outdoor activities while promoting the preservation of our community’s natural resources. View the full mission statement here.

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The Summer Project Leader will be responsible for providing opportunities through the Kenosha County Summer Youth Program. They will spend a majority of their time in the field leading projects alongside youth crews and crew counselors. The Summer Project Leader will also accomplish meaningful outdoor conservation projects and gain experience in other areas of conservation while exploring career options. They will be supported and mentored by Kenosha County Parks headquarters staff and leaders throughout their term of service.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Community Improvement & Programming

    • Hands on community leadership
    • Plan/organize/motivate/mentor small crews (10-15 members & 3-5 counselors)
    • Participate in basic park improvement projects
    • Leadership with Summer Youth Employment Program (June to September)
    • Maintaining natural and prairie areas throughout Kenosha 
    • Participating in herbicide treatments
    • Manual invasive species removal
    • Attend and lead invasive species outings
    • Organize and develop annual maintenance programs for natural areas/ prairies
    • Categorize and document native species within forested areas
    • Develop standard operating procedures for prairie areas
    • Create hiking trails, build boardwalks and bridges, & close unsustainable trails
    • Prune and fell trees
    • Assist with planning, scheduling, teaching and general supervision of program
    • Complete program and event evaluations

    Program Marketing

    •     Assist in creating publicity for programs and events

    •     Assist in distribution of publicity for upcoming events

    •     Assist with marketing on an as needed basis

    • Assist with scheduling and supervision of projects
    • Make sure appropriate records are being kept as needed

    Career Exploration/Conservation Skills

    • Construction and maintenance of trails for access for individuals of all abilities
    • Non-native plant removal and disposal as well as re-vegetation of native plants
    • Restoration and improvement of area ecosystems as related to assigned tasks

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Leadership experience as summer camp counselor, trip leader, mentor, tutor, resident assistant, or other related experience
    • Experience in outdoor recreation
    • Passionate about environmental causes and creating community surrounding environmental service
    • Understanding of or willingness to learn various conservation practices or land management techniques
    • Ability to problem-solve, make decisions and think creatively
    • Proficient communication skills
    • Possess a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record
    • Enthusiastic, creative and flexible
    • Physical demands and service environment regularly requires the service member to be outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths
    • Physically able to work long days outside in inclement weather, hike on and off trail
    • Able to carry up to 50 pounds of equipment
    • Work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense, sunshine, rain, and snow
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Summer Environmental Educator

    Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Summer Environmental Educator

    Position Service Site: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary (Sarona, WI)

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024    (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Onsite housing provided.

    Covid-19 Vaccine strongly encouraged.

    OVERVIEW: Hunt Hill is a nature preserve and learning center, open to all, dedicated to fostering the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment. Our facility boasts some of the most beautiful and unique habitats found in Wisconsin – bogs, old growth forests, meadow, and four glacial lakes. In addition to our beautiful natural surrounds, we offer a variety of programs for visitors of all ages. 

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Environmental Educators will work with the Program Coordinator to implement effective and interactive environmental education programs for youth at our facility. Environmental Educators can expect a fun, welcoming work atmosphere that also provides invaluable job experience.

    Members will be trained in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, Blood-Borne-Pathogens, and Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector training.

    RESPONSIBILITES:

    • Develop and implement fun and hands-on environmental education programs, primarily for youth ages 5-12 years old in Hunt Hill’s Youth Day Camp program.
      • Develop
        • Plan day camp activities and other environmental education programs to meet objectives; create strategies to include all campers of all abilities in the daily activities; establish “rainy day” activities and contingency plans for daily activities; develop age-appropriate educational experiences.
      • Implement
        • Implement activities in an engaging and enthusiastic manner; lead environmental activities and assist others in delivering them.
    • Supervise youth campers during Hunt Hill activities and ensure their safety.
      • Supervise
        • Supervise groups of about 10 youth during day camps and other activities, including crafts, games, and educational classes, at the waterfront and at a distance of a mile or more away from our main camp; oversee proper use of facilities and equipment.
      • Ensure
        • Participate in first aid courses during staff training; enforce rules and policies to ensure youth campers are engaging in safe activities; serve as a lifeguard during scheduled swim and water activities (if certified in provided training); participate in emergency action plan training, and understand their operation and implementation.
    • Assist in logistics for Public Programs.
      • Assist
        • Assist in the set-up and general clean-up of Hunt Hill public programs.
        • Assist in the Nature Store as needed.
        • Assist in enforcing Covid precautions.
    • Serve as a cooperating camp staff team member to help fill in, as needed, with various operations throughout the camp.
      • This may include kitchen chores, general maintenance, trail maintenance, and cleaning.

     

    HOUSING: Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program/organization/agency. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Must be at least 18 years
    • Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent
    • Must pass a background check
    • Possess a strong interest in nature, the outdoors, and working with youth
    • Enthusiastic, dependable, and trustworthy
    • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work long, flexible hours when needed, including weekends and evenings
    • Experience teaching or working with youth
    • Possess American Red Cross lifeguard certification, or be willing to become certified (training is provided)
    • Preference given to applicants with a current lifeguard certification or willingness to become certified (training is provided)
    • Withstand the physical demands of work which involves some lifting, carrying, bending and hiking across uneven terrain
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711.

  • Recreation Assistant

    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Recreation Assistant 

    Position Service Site:  Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest West Zone

    Service Time: May 28 – August 16, 2024    (450 hours total, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $6,000 ($500 per week) Education Award of approximately $1,900 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

    Housing may be available.

    Requirements: Valid Driver’s license
     

    LOCATION OVERVIEW: The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is located in Wisconsin's “Northwoods,” covering over a million and a half acres of forested lands in the north central section of the “Badger” state. The Forest stretches across northern Wisconsin and provides the scenic and economic foundation for the Northwoods communities. Glacier-carved hills and lowlands, extensive hardwood forests, and diverse wetlands create topographic and vegetative diversity across the Forest. With more than 2,000 lakes and 2,000 miles of rivers and streams, the Forest is a destination for water-based recreation. Wildlife is abundant on the Forest and visitors are able to hunt large and small game in an unconfined setting.

     

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Chequamegon-Nicolet’s West Zone Recreation Assistant will perform a variety of work in support of the recreation program based in Hayward, WI. The Recreation Assistant will assist recreation staff with maintenance and upkeep of multiple campgrounds, trailheads/trails, day use areas, and dispersed campsites throughout the CNNF’s West Zone Rec program which includes the Great Divide Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District, and Medford-Park Falls Ranger Districts. Recreation assistants will also work with and support a variety of the Forest’s programs including trails, non-native invasive species, silviculture, wildlife and fuels on the Great Divide District of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as part of a UW extension crew based out of Hayward.

     

    The Recreation Assistant will be trained/certified in:

    • Chainsaw certification
    • First Aid and CPR
    • ATV/UTV certification
    • Defensive Driving
    • Trailer Towing
    • Radio/SPOT device
    • Avenza

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Monitor condition and use of trails, perform maintenance to standards, and report issues
    • Monitor West Zone Campgrounds, Day Use Areas, and other recreation use areas and report and correct safety issues
    • Assist visitors by providing with information about specific recreation opportunities and activities, such as those at specific sites
    • Inform visitors of rules and/or regulations
    • Monitor wilderness area for use, maintenance needs and report issues
    • Conduct site monitoring visits for compliance with recreation area rules and regulations of parking, campfires, sanitation, use of camping sites. Reports violations to mentor
    • Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently.  Detailed instructions are provided for new assignments.  Unfamiliar situations or technical deviations from established practices are referred to mentor for guidance or resolution
    • Perform and monitor day-to-day recreation maintenance, clean-up, and simple construction projects for sites, reporting issues. Day to day maintenance includes:
    • Mowing, trimming, and debris pick-up
    • Cleaning and maintaining fire rings, campsites, bathrooms, beaches, and other facilities
    • Assisting with posting camping reservations and assisting public with questions related to camping and recreation opportunities on the district
    • Assisting Campground hosts

     

    HOUSING: If housing is available, Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program/organization/agency. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Minimum age requirement is 18 years old
    • Ability to work independently
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Understanding of or willingness to learn various conservation practices
    • Passionate about outdoor recreation
    • Possess a valid driver’s license
    • Physical demands and service environment regularly requires the service member to be outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths
    • Physically able to work long days outside in inclement weather, hike on and off trail
    • Able to carry up to 50 pounds of equipment
    • Work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense, sunshine, rain, and snow
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

     

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711

  • Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Technician

    Voyageurs National Park
    $500.00 / week

    Position Title: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Technician 

    Position Service Site: Voyageurs National Park, MN

    Service Time: April 29 – August 28, 2024 (675-Hour AmeriCorps Term, 18 Weeks, 40 Hours/Week)

    Benefits: Living Stipend for the whole term = $9,000 ($500/Week), Education Award of approximately $2,400 upon successful completion of service. To find out more about the Award: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award/find-out-more

     

    Onsite housing available.

     

    OVERVIEW: Voyageurs National Park encompasses over 218,000 acres of woods, water, stone, and sky in the boreal forest along the Canadian border. There are over 200 water-based campsites; 3 visitor centers; Kettle Falls Hotel, a concession operated hotel, restaurant, and bar, accessible only by boat; 45 miles of trails; 3 boat launches; and 15 miles of roads. The park is 40% water and its lakes are identified as outstanding resource value waters by Minnesota. These include 4 large lakes—Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan and Sand Point—and 26 smaller remote lakes accessible only by hiking. 

     

    In 2021, Rainy Lake, the largest park lake, was infested with zebra mussels, an extremely harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). The spread of zebra mussels into other the park lakes could severely damage aquatic ecosystems. To stop this, the park decontaminates of all boats crossing from Rainy Lake to the uninfested Namakan Lake on the concessioner-operated Kettle Falls Portage, educates visitors about the dangers of AIS and how to prevent the spread of AIS, and coordinates AIS efforts with other groups and agencies. Preventing the spread of AIS is some of the most important work in the park. 

     

    SERVICE DESCRIPTION:  Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Technicians will serve with park staff to decontaminate watercraft and educate park visitors about AIS and AIS prevention. Since park decontamination operations are new and evolving, on-the-ground insights by Technicians can help improve the park’s processes. Technicians will also serve on natural and cultural resource projects with park staff to gain experience in multiple resource management actives. 

     

    RESPONSIBILITES:

    • Decontaminate watercraft with high-temperature water (~120-140°F) to prevent the spread of zebra mussels
    • Educate boaters and other visitors about the impacts of AIS and how to prevent the spread of AIS
    • Coordinate with concession and park staff to ensure smooth decontamination operations
    • Operate motorboats to reach the service area
    • Perform minor maintenance and troubleshooting activities on the decontamination unit
    • Keep supervisor/Mentor informed of problems and supply/equipment needs
    • Serve with park natural and cultural resource staff in the field, lab, and office 

     

    HOUSING:

    • Voyageurs provides onsite housing. Occupants will be assigned individual rooms in units with a shared living room, kitchen (with some pots, pans, plates, and utensils), and one or more bathrooms. A laundry facility is present onsite.
    • A check-in/check-out procedure will be utilized for housing. Occupants may be charged for damages that exceed normal wear and tear to duplex facilities. 
    • The housing area is about 40 miles from International Falls, which has a grocery store, a hospital, two medical clinics, a movie theater, shopping, and multiple churches.  

     

    TRAININGS OFFERED:

    • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-based AIS inspection and decontamination
    • Operation and basic troubleshoot of AIS decontamination unit
    • U.S. Department of the Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course
    • Guidance on developing strong application packages for Federal jobs

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Minimum age requirement is 18 years old
    • Able to perform duties in conditions such as cold, heat, high humidity, rain, and the presence of mosquitoes and other biting insects
    • Able to perform service requiring standing, stooping, bending, and other moderately strenuous activities for up to an hour at a time
    • Willingness to learn and perform motorboat operation
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions
    • Upon hire, a criminal background check will be conducted. Service with WisCorps will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed

    WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at staff@wiscorps.org or Wisconsin Relay 711

How to Apply

Read more about the Wisconsin Conservation Corps and apply on our website. For more information about the Crew Program, contact Paul George-Blazevich at paul.blazevich@wiscorps.org. For more information about the Individual Placement Program, contact Holly Pierro at holly.pierro@wiscorps.org


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