The WildCorps team travels throughout California and the Inter-Mountain Region completing wilderness-related conservation service projects. The WildCorps team consists of 4 members and one leader. The current team has been in the field since October, but is looking for two candidates to start immediately to fill open spots. Join now!
WildCorps is a unique part of SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps (DRC), a partnership between SCA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that has produced nearly a decade of monitoring, preserving, and repairing fragile habitat in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.
Since October, the crew has been based in southeastern California, travelling to various worksites throughout the California Desert District working on projects in partnership with the BLM. The crew is just getting ready to shift to their summer roving track.
Candidates who are selected to join the team will attend an SCA Corps Member Training in Idaho in May, and then will join the rest of the crew in Joshua Tree before transitioning with the crew to Yosemite for the summer hitches.
During field-based hitches of up to 10 days in length, the crew lives and works 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. During the Roving Track, the crew’s housing for days off 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, 2017)
- Compensation: $160.00/week living allowance
- Health Insurance possible, based on candidate start date (must serve 17 weeks or longer)
- AmeriCorps Award (award size based on candidate start date)
- 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: SCA Orientation, Wilderness First Aid, Chainsaw Training
- Location Description
Joshua Tree National Park to start and then transitioning to Yosemite National Park for the summer!
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)