Crew Leader Overview 2018

Position Type:     Full-time/Seasonal

Session Dates (includes training): 

Spring Session: April 2nd – May 19th

Summer Session:  May 29th – August 18th (see crew sessions below)

Session 1: June 15 – July 14 

Session 2: July 20 – August 18

Fall Session: September 4th – November 17th (tentative)

Compensation:     $350 – $550 per week, plus room & board

For More Info:       Contact Chad DuChateau at 608-799-5183 or chad.duchateau@wiscorps.org

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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, compensation will be based on experience.

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 worksite
  • 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

How to Apply

Apply online with the link above or below. 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.

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Crew 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

 

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 (exact dates TBD)

Housing: backcountry campsite, live & work with your crew

Preferred Qualifications: experience backcountry 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 (exact dates TBD)

Housing: live & work with your crew

Preferred Qualifications: knowledge of wetland/aquatic plants, herbicide applicator certification will be required (paid for by WisCorps)

 

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.

 

Inclusive

Increase accessibility in the community with your crew of 4-5 corps members with and without physical disabilities. Work on projects such as accessible trail construction and assessment, invasive species management, community garden maintenance, and carpentry projects that focus on accessibility (ramps, raised garden beds, etc.).

Sessions Running: Summer 1, Summer 2 (funding dependent)

Housing: Accessible house located in La Crosse, WI, live & work with your crew

Preferred Qualifications: Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adaptive Physical Education, or other disability/allied health field related experience.

 

WORKS

On this crew, you will help young adults meet their employment and education goals! The WORKS crew completes neighborhood projects that enhance community life in addition to completing training and certificates in job and life skills.

Sessions Running: Summer 2, Fall

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: have an understanding and experience working with at-risk youth and young adults

 

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 15 – July 27)

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

 

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