WildCorps is a unique part of SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps (DRC) which is a partnership between SCA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This partnership has produced nearly a decade of monitoring, preserving, and repairing fragile habitat in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California. WildCorps – comprised of 4 members and 1 leader - is scheduled for a 10-month season.
The program consists of two tracks of projects: a Desert Track and a Roving Track. For the Desert Track; the crew will spend the first 6-months of the program based in southeastern California and travel to various worksites throughout the California Desert District to work on projects in partnership with the BLM. Projects may include, though are not limited to: water, wildlife, and resource monitoring; invasive species monitoring and management; trail work and assessment; fence construction/removal; trail maintenance; public outreach events, and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) restoration. The final 4 months of the program will be for the Roving Track; the crew will depart their housing and travel to projects within the California and Inter-Mountain region. Members will have the opportunity to work on projects that may vary in location, scope, partnering organizations, and housing arrangements. Previous projects have included invasive species removal in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and trail maintenance in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
During field-based hitches of up to 10 days in length, the crew will live and work out of tent camps in close proximity to worksites. Occasionally, projects may require the crew to backpack into Wilderness Areas. Field-life is rugged, and while on hitch, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and tobacco free. Members will typically have 3-5 days off between hitches. For the duration of the Desert Track, the crew will be provided housing in Ridgecrest, CA, where they can stay during off days. During the Roving Track, the crew’s housing will vary depending on the options available at their project sites. Members should be prepared to camp for much of the Roving Track of the program.
Check out the Desert Restoration Corps homepage for an indepth look at what our WildCorps and other DRC crews have been up to.
- Ensure project, basecamp, community, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities
- Interfacing with general public in a manner that reﬂects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency
- Menu planning and food shopping for hitch
- Creating environmentally-themed lessons to present for crew enrichment learning
- Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection
- Eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps
- Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses
- Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation
- Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain; ability to hike with a heavy backpack (35lbs)
- Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program
- Ability to pass SCA background check
- Valid driver’s license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred (21+)
- Between 18 and 25 years of age when program starts (Oct 1, 2016)
- Compensation: $160.00/week living allowance
- Health Insurance
- AmeriCorps Award (1700 hours - $5,500.00)
- Travel grant of $650 total to cover costs to and from your home to the project site
- All food provided while on hitch; members must provide their own food during off-time
- Trainings provided: Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer (possible), Chainsaw Safety (possible), Off-Road Driver (possible)
The crew will be initially based out of southeastern California. From there, they will rove many Wilderness Areas throughout the BLM’s California Desert District. During the final four months of the program, the team may travel to several locations and could live in a variety of locations to perform their service project.
Wilderness First Responder, data collection; Chainsaw Safety (possible), Off-Road Driver (possible), Leave No Trace Trainer (possible)