“Conservation Starts Here”
Please be advised that this is a 7 month position that starts in September and Ends in March 2022
Housing and Travel Allowance will be provided.
The WildCorps Program is a partnership between the SCA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which has produced nearly two decades of monitoring, preserving, and repairing fragile habitat in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.
Crews will be based out of remote tent camps in close proximity to project sites. For the majority of the season, crews will perform desert restoration projects aimed at mitigating the impacts of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation throughout the California Desert District Office. Work projects may include, but are not limited to: habitat restoration, fence/barrier construction, public outreach, invasive species management, and resource (i.e. water, wildlife) monitoring. A typical work hitch is 10 days long with 4 days off afterwards, however, this schedule may vary due to project needs.
Additionally, this team will be working on a research project in tandem with the BLM to evaluate lands with “Wilderness Character”. The BLM is required by law to evaluate non-Wilderness lands. This research helps land managers to make informed decisions on how these lands should be managed. The crew will assist in this project by collecting data on these lands and writing technical reports that will be submitted to the BLM for consideration. For this component of the project, members will be required to complete and pass a federal background check.
Leadership development will be a major focus for the coming season. At the beginning of the season, crews will take part in an intensive training period designed to prepare members for the demands of field-based hitches. Members will serve as Hitch Leader for several hitches during the season. Responsibilities will include meal planning, implementing work plans, and reporting and other administrative tasks during and following hitch. Each crew will be assigned a SCA Project Leader to provide support and supplementary training throughout the season.
Field-life is rugged, and while on hitch, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on work hitches, this program is alcohol and substance free.
Training Description (Tentative)
*Please note- this is a tentative training schedule. A full overview and description of training will be issued two weeks prior to the start of training. Additionally, members may receive additional training opportunities depending on project needs.
Arrival Airport: Ontario International Airport (ONT), CA
Housing Location: Ridgecrest area, CA
Tentative Training Schedule
9/12: Arrival at crew housing
9/13- 9/15: Corps Member Orientation
9/16: Pre-Hitch and Travel to Field Training Site
9/17-9/20: Wilderness Advanced First Aid
9/21: Rec Day
9/22 – 9/26: Work Skills Training (4×4 Driving, Restoration, Fence Construction)
9/27: Post Hitch and return to Crew Housing
For the duration of the season, crews will be mobile and should expect to be traveling long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites. Additionally, many (if not all) field based work hitches will be tent-based camping. Members will be expected to work together to ensure that all SCA equipment, vehicles, trailer, and tools are properly maintained and ready for use in the field. Crew members will have access to an SCA vehicle for transportation to and from work projects.
For off time, crews will have access to a crew house in the Ridgecrest, CA area. Crew houses are largely unfurnished and have limited amenities. Personal vehicles are not required for this project, however, members who bring a personal vehicle will be responsible for the security and parking of their own vehicle.
- Member ResponsibilitiesEnsure project, crew community, basecamp, vehicles, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities.
- Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency.
- Take on role of Hitch Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with SCA Project Leaders, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork.
- Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection and post-processing.
- Member QualificationsCommitment 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 enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program.
- Ability to pass SCA background check.
- Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred
– $650 – one time round trip travel allowance
– $250 – weekly living allowance
– AmeriCorps eligible ($3,097.50 education award)
– Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
** This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**
*** The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic. Please review the documents below for SCA’s updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field.
SCA COVID-19 Response Plan (updated 6/25/2021)
SCA COVID-19 Participant Agreement Form (updated 1/27/2021)
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