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WisCorps Crew Members are...
Passionate about environmental causes
Hard-working and motivated to make a difference
Ready to learn about conservation and the environment
Active community members and enjoy teamwork
From a variety of backgrounds, majors, and lifestyles
Ready to undergo a background check
Serving our communities by conserving our natural resources
(Check out our jobs page for details)
- Summer Mayor's Crew Leader (AmeriCorps)
Summer Crew Member (AmeriCorps)
Mayor's Crew Members (La Crosse, WI high school students only)
Wetland Restoration Crew Leader (AmeriCorps)
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.
Conservation 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, or other outdoor fun.
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 healthily 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
Yes, but we ask that you strive to immerse yourself 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.
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?
We can provide you street parking behind our HQ, the Myrick Park Center.
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 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 menus, grocery shop and cook meals while respecting individual dietary needs and preferences.
What should I bring?
Before you arrive a gear list will be sent to you via email. You will be directed to bring basics, like street clothes (non-work), shoes/sandals, work boots, work pants, and personal hygiene gear. You are also allowed to bring things such as a cell phone, games, books, yoga mat, weights, and other things to help you have a great time! A debit card and ID are important for the trip too. All of these things and more will be communicated with you during our onboarding process.
Can I bring my own tent?
Yes! Although a tent will be provided for each crew 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.
Still Have Questions?
Contact Andrea Frisch at (608) 799-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org!