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Conservation Crew Leader

WisCorps Inc. La Crosse, Wisconsin
Deadline May 01, 2019
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Position Type:Full-time/Seasonal

2019 Dates: Spring, Summer and Fall positions available

  • Spring Session: March 20-May 17
  • Summer Session: May 28-August 16
  • Fall Session: September 3-November 8

Compensation: living allowance and education award, plus room & board

For More Info:Contact Andrea at andrea.frisch@wiscorps.org

Position Overview:

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.

Crew Leader Responsibilities:

  • Supervise, motivate, and mentor a crew of 4-6 youth for 4 or more weeks at a time
  • Work closely with Project Sponsors to ensure proper completion of project goals
  • Oversee safety, care, and well-being of your crew on and off the work site
  • Create crew cohesiveness and positive crew culture
  • Educate crew about various conservation issues
  • Commit to the development of Corps Member leadership skills
  • Remain drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free while with your crew

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

2019 Crews: Dates and Details

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 4 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

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 hike 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.

La Crosse Mayor’s Crew

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of the City of La Crosse, this crew of 6 local high school students enhances community life by improving city parks, trails, and residential properties.

Sessions Running: Summer 1 (6 week crew, June 14 – July 26)

Housing: Campsite and camper provided by WisCorps or leader can find a sublease and pay their own rent, crew members will go to their respective homes at the end of the work day

Preferred Qualifications: experience working with high school students

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online https://wiscorps.org/2019-conservation-crew-leader-application/. There is space on the application to indicate for which crew(s) you would like to apply. For applications in paper format or other application accommodations, contact andrea.frisch@wiscorps.org.

WisCorps, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ethnic identity, disability, handicap, marital status or veteran status. If you have a disability and need to access this information in an alternative format, or need it translated to another language, please contact us at (608) 782-2494, fax at (608) 782-0606, email at staff@wiscorps.org, and TDD/TTY or the Wisconsin Relay number at 7-1-1.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
WisCorps Crew Leaders pose with a large buckthorn root ball removed while building trail in a Wisconsin State Park. . Uploaded by WisCorps Inc.
WisCorps Crew Leaders pose with a large buckthorn root ball removed while building trail in a Wisconsin State Park. . Uploaded by WisCorps Inc.