The Siskiyou Mountain Club is hiring one crew leader and 5-10 crew members for the 2016 season. Full details and application instructions are available on their website.
The crew spends their summer living out of their backpacks, working on remote trail projects in the rugged Siskiyou Mountains, located in the extreme mountainous corner of northwest California and southwest Oregon.
Conservation Corps interns start with an unpaid training June 15 – 23, 2016. Then the crew works on four, 10-day work projects called “hitches” between June 15 and August 17. Interns complete curriculum developed by SMC and Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership program.
Interns have the option of enrolling at SOU for the summer term and receiving credit for their academic work over the summer. Interns are paid a $40 per diem and receive tuition reimbursement for their academia.
The crew leader position runs June 15 – September 6, 2016, with an unpaid training with negotiable dates, and is responsible for daily operation of the crew. The rate for crew leader position is commensurable upon experience.
“It’s the world’s best classroom,” says Luke Reuteman, a 2015 crew member and student in geology at University of Wisconsin–Madison. “I fell in love,” he says, “with the wilderness for 10 days at a time.”
Kora Mousseaux, another veteran of the SMC’s 2015 Conservation Corps, says interns should “have the mental strength to be in the woods 10 days at a time.” And she says passion is important. “You can have a positive environmental impact.”
“The hardest part of being a crew leader is melding the different personalities into a team,” says SMC field coordinator Aaron Babcock. Babcock is the crew leader’s direct supervisor.
He says his 2016 crew has some boots to fill, given successes in 2015. Last year, Babcock and his crew made news after resuscitating major trail systems in the Wild Rogue and Kalmiopsis federal wilderness areas.
“I’m excited to see that happen again,” says Babcock.
SMC executive director Gabe Howe says he agrees: “These young people get off their phones, get fit. They get focused,” he says. “And they make magic.
“They make trail magic,” Howe adds.