Field Support Member
March 1st-August 31st
Benefits: Living Allowance and Education Award

The field support member position is a full time/seasonal position based out of the La Crosse, Wisconsin, headquarters with travel throughout Wisconsin, as well as occasional trips to visit crews in Michigan and Indiana. You will be responsible for mentoring and supporting crew leaders in the field, as well as for administrative, logistical, and personnel support for each 3-4 field crews. You will work with each individual crew leader to ensure crew safety, high-quality work, positive crew community, a strong crew work ethic, and the personal development of each Crew Member, among other responsibilities. The position duties are 80% field and 20% office and you must be comfortable with hard work and long days (including nights/weekends) in outdoor and unpredictable conditions. Field support members should expect extensive travel/overnights required throughout the course of the field season.

Crew Leader
Spring Session: March 20-May 17
Summer Session: May 28-August 16
Fall Session: September 3-November 8
Benefits: Living Allowance, Education award, Room and Board

WisCorps crews complete high priority conservation projects across Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. As a crew leader, you will be responsible for crew safety, ensuring high-quality work, building community, crew work ethics, and personal development of the crew members, among other responsibilities. You must be comfortable with hard work in tough conditions commonly found living and/or working in the outdoors for weeks at a time. The leadership team consists of a crew leader and assistant crew leader.

Conservation Corps Member
Spring Session: March 27-May 17
1st Summer Session: June 12-July 12
2nd Summer Session: July 17-August 16
Fall Session: September 11-November 8
Benefits: Weekly stipend, Room, & Board

WisCorps is a non-profit organization that works to conserve and protect our region’s magnificent natural resources by hiring teams of young adults between the ages of 18-25 to complete high priority conservation projects across the state of Wisconsin and Upper Midwest. Each team of 4-5 corps members is paired with two experienced adult crew leaders who are both work supervisors and mentors to the crew. Together, the crews complete projects such as new trail construction, trail restoration, bridge/boardwalk construction, stream bank stabilization, reforestation, and invasive species management. Corps members and leaders live and work together for the project season, working Monday-Friday with weekends off to travel and recreate as a group.

Conservation Crews
Roving Travel with your crew of 4-5 corps members throughout the state of Wisconsin, enhancing public lands with projects including trail construction, habitat restoration, invasive species management, and carpentry projects.

  • Sessions Running: Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Fall
  • Housing: Mostly tent camping (gear provided by WisCorps), some sites may offer shelter, live & work with your crew
  • Preferred Qualifications: experience tent camping

Wetland Restoration
Do you have an interest in restoration ecology or botany and camping is not your style? This urban based crew of four corps members works in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore rehabilitating the wetland ecosystem alongside National Park Service technicians.

  • Session Running: Summer 1&2, Fall
  • Housing: live & work with your crew
  • Preferred Qualifications: knowledge of wetland/aquatic plants, herbicide applicator certification will be required (paid for by WisCorps)

Wilderness Roving
Journey to the remote island of Isle Royale National Park, located in Lake Superior. Work alongside a National Park Service trail crew restoring sections of the 165 miles of trail that spread across the island. Your crew of 6 corps members hikes into base camp with all of the tools, personal gear, and food you’ll need for your 5-week stay.

  • Session Running: Summer 1
  • Housing: backcountry campsite, live & work with your crew
  • Preferred Qualifications: experience backcountry camping

American Sign Language Roving
Travel with your crew of 4-5 corps members who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the state of Wisconsin, enhancing public lands with projects including trail construction, habitat restoration, invasive species management, and carpentry projects.

  • Sessions Running: Summer 1, Summer 2
  • Housing: Mostly tent camping (gear provided by WisCorps), some sites may offer shelter, live & work with your crew
  • Preferred Qualifications: experience tent camping, American Sign Language fluency preferred but not required.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Field Support Member Qualifications

  • Outdoor leadership experience with youth or young adults
  • Willingness to teach and mentor the next generation of environmental, conservation, and community leaders
  • Experience with logistical support (vehicle, trailers, tools, food, materials, etc.)
  • Knowledge of carpentry, trail construction, forestry, landscaping, invasive species management, and/or conservation/natural resources
  • The ability to think creatively and problem solve efficiently and independently while being professional and having a good sense of humor
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • A desire for a position with a substantial field component
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license
  • Previous experience on a trail crew, youth corps crew, or similar program-required
  • Ready to undergo a criminal background check

Crew Leader Qualifications

  • Outdoor leadership experience with youth or young adults
  • Highly self-motivated, hardworking, confident, autonomous
  • Has a sense of humor, able to think creatively outside of the box
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Relishes rugged living conditions
  • 21-year-old minimum
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license
  • Ready to undergo a criminal background check

Corps Member Qualifications
Roving Crew

  • Must be at least 18 to apply
  • No outdoor work experience necessary
  • Gain skills in trail construction, carpentry, and more

Wetland Restoration Crew

  • Must be at least 18 to apply
  • AmeriCorps position, education award available upon successful completion

American Sign Language Crew

  • Must be at least 18 to apply
  • Deaf or hard of hearing young adults
  • No outdoor work experience necessary

Wilderness Crew

  • Must be at least 21 to apply
  • Back-country setting, living outdoors
  • Experience with multi-day camping preferred
  • Ability to hike long distances with heavy equipment necessary

Organization Details

WisCorps Inc. 789, Myrick Park Dr, Myrick Park Dr La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8507 Website

Number of Position Openings: 45

How to Apply

To apply for a 2019 conservation field position, complete the application on the WisCorps website or send your application to Andrea Frisch.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Apply Online

Contact:

Andrea Frisch andrea.frisch@wiscorps.org