What is it like to be on a WisCorps Crew?
Work Hard and Create Community.
Be prepared to be dirty, sweaty, and work hard. WisCorps crews are responsible for the gritty aspect of conservation and community revitalization. Crew members who have different abilities and experiences work together to complete projects to make positive and lasting change, whether it in a remote wetland or a community garden. Living in a diverse and supportive community crew members have an opportunity to expand their comfort zone and discover new facets of themselves.
Live Simply and Connect with Nature.
Being on a WisCorps crew, can be a platform for personal change. By living without drugs, alcohol, or tobacco crew members can choose to start a new chapter in their lives. Some crew members used their crew experience as a time to explore mediation/yoga, or stop smoking. It is WisCorps policy to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free during crew.
Crews connect with nature through their work, leisure time (Crew Leaders are trained in Environmental Education), and at home or tent. Previous crew members have commented that the connection to nature has helped them boost their self-esteem, confidence, and body image.
Be Sustainable and Unplugged.
WisCorps crews live sustainably, unplugged, and follow Leave No Trace principles. Leave No Trace (hyperlink to website) are 7 principles to help humans reduce the impact we have on the earth. During the experience, crew members work together to eat healthy and minimize their impact on the earth by composting, recycling, and eating locally grown produce. Living without the distractions of screens, crew members can explore different hobbies, interests, or the environment around them!
“Profitable for the applicant in both self-discovery and monetary value.” – 2017 Corps Member’s Experience
What makes up a typical crew? A typical WisCorps crew is made up of a crew leader, assistant crew leader, and 4-6 crew members. The crew is supported by field assistants and HQ staff.
Can I go home on the weekends? No, WisCorps crews stay together on the weekends to have fun, explore or travel to your next project site. We do understand if an unexpected family emergency comes up or if you have a prior approved event that was discussed when hired.
Can I bring my cell phone? No, we ask that Corps Members immerse themselves in an unplugged experience while on crew…Enjoy the simple life of campfires, reading books, journaling, talking to fellow crew-mates! Crew Leaders have a WisCorps smartphone for work purposes. The specific phone number can be shared with family members if they are concerned about your well-being while out in the field and Corps Members can use the phone if they need to contact someone after work hours.
Do I need to buy a large volume backpack for my personal gear? No, most of the time you will be car camping with easy access to your tent sites. Thus, a large duffel bag would work just as well. DO bring a smaller day-pack for daily transport of safety gear, rain jacket, lunch and water.
Where do I park my car? There is no long term parking available at WisCorps Headquarters. Please plan to have a parent or friend drop you off.
Do I need work boots? Yes, all leather durable hiking or work boot style. (KEEN, Merrill, Timberland are a few brands) Steel-toe not required.
What equipment do crews use? WisCorps crews are outfitted with an SUV or accessible van, trailer, project specific tools and base camp gear (tents, kitchen supplies, food). Project specific tools can range from power tools to hand tools for building trails. Crews camp out or live near their project site.
What do we eat? Each crew has a weekly food budget. Together you will prepare healthy menus, grocery shop and cook meals while respecting individual dietary needs and preferences.
Can I bring my own tent? Yes! Although a tent will be provided for each corps member to have their own space, some members prefer to bring their own tent and we’re okay with that!
Where do we take showers? Most of your campsites have direct access to showers, think State Park campground. Other options include YMCA’s, community centers, etc.
**Conservation and Inclusive crew members spend the entire duration of their contract (4-8 weeks) living, working and traveling together with their crew. Work takes place Monday through Friday, weekends are “OFF”, but crews stay together participating in recreational opportunities, festivals or other outdoor fun.**
Still Have Questions?
Contact Chad DuChateau at (608) 799-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org!