Summer Conservationist - The Ridges Sanctuary

Wisconsin Conservation Corps

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $500 per week, Housing Available, Education Award of approximately $2,400 upon successful completion of service

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!


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
  • Assist with guided hikes as needed

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.


  • 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.


To apply, visit https://www.wisconsinconservationcorps.org/ipapplication  or contact Holly Pierro at holly.pierro@wiscorps.org  for a paper formatted application. 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Ecology, General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Conservation Corps