2019 Wilderness Conservation Corps

2019 Wilderness Conservation Corps

Wilderness Corps Interns

Work in the heart of Southwest Oregon’s and Northwest California’s great Wilderness Areas to recover trail configurations disappearing from the landscape.

General information
Our Wilderness Conservation Corps program is nationally recognized for providing interns a powerful entry into outdoor careers. Hiring managers from around the country seek our interns due to the rigor and reputation of this program. We hire interns for leadership positions in following years, and we help them with job placement.

WCC interns complete a remote enrichment and competency portion of the program April 1 – June 1. Then they go to work in the backwoods June 21 – August 28.

Compensation and housing
Interns receive a $1,200 monthly training stipend for July and August ($2,400 total). Interns are paid every two weeks. Interns are also eligible for up to $1,000 in bonuses to help pay for gear and school.

We provide housing for days off. We provide secure storage for interns and transportation to and from project sites.

Remote enrichment and competency, April 1 – June 1
Throughout this period, interns are expected to provide regular updates on a private group Facebook page. Interns are encouraged to check in with staff through this period with inquiries and reflections. This portion of the internship can be completed anywhere in the world. All activities are required.

  • April 1: Get hired
    Receive educational materials, instructions, agreements.

  • April 9: Remote orientation
    Have a conversation and introduce yourself to the crew. Ask questions, develop clarity in expectations, and get going on your gear hunt.

  • May 1: Receive your SMC tee-shirt, hat, pin, etc.
  • May 15: Carhart Competency due.
    You are required to have completed the Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center’s Wilderness Competency Course by this date. The entire course takes approximately three hours and can be completed in intervals.

  • June 1: Reading and essay requirements due
    Read assigned stories from interns from years past as well as a news article, and watch a 15 minute documentary on Siskiyou Mountain Club. Submit 500 word essay on your reflections from the stories and your expectations for the summer.

  • June 5 (due): Take a hike
    Before participating in another mandatory conference call, take a hike that’s new to you and post some pictures and thoughts.

    You must complete all the aforementioned exercises to receive a $500 gear bonus on June 5.

    Field work and Wilderness Stewardship: June 21 – August 28
    Our field program has become known throughout the United States because of its rigor and results. You will be responsible for bringing trails back to life and reconfiguring the opportunities in the Pacific Coast’s most remote Wilderness Areas.

  • June 21 – 27: Orientation
    This crash course in backcountry travel, work, and living is when you’ll learn everything you need to know to spend a summer with us. After a day in the classroom, hike straight into a remote project site and get trained up.

  • July 1 – 10: Hitch one
    This hitch defines your role in the group.

  • July 15 – 24: Hitch two
    Hone your skills and get knee deep into your project.

  • July 25 – August 3: Breakout
    Drop the tools and complete a rigorous backpacking trip that includes night hikes, river and creek travel, and off trail avenues in the most remote Wilderness Areas on the Pacific Coast. Mid season party in the backwoods. Take a few days off and refresh.

  • August 5 – 14: Hitch three
    Start exercising your leadership skills and taking on executive functions of the crew.

  • August 19 – 28: Hitch four
    Complete your project and wrap summer up in style.

  • September 15: Reflection essay due
    This 1,000 word essay needs to be well thought and judiciously crafted to receive a $500 educational award.

    • Work above schedule.
    • Work long days. We don’t count hours. We count miles.
    • Use hand tools to restore and maintain trails.
    • Be self reliant and maintain professional attitude in a wilderness setting. Crews pack in their own food and supplies.

    • Must be 18 or over by June 21, 2019
    • Ability to complete strenuous physical tasks day in, day out, including traveling on foot over rough terrain for up to 10-miles per day carrying 50 pounds or more
    • Ability to live and work in remote, primitive settings with no access to communication technology
    No tobacco use or electronic devices on the trail
    • You must be able to participate all aforementioned activities and exercises.
    • Basic lightweight backpacking gear including sturdy boots, durable apparel, and a lightweight sleeping bag, tent, stove, utensils and backpack
    • Ability to work in and manage poison oak

    Think you’re up for it? Apply now.