The Siskiyou Mountain Club is seeking Wilderness Conservation Corps interns and crew leaders for its 2019 wilderness project season, according to a news release.
Interns start the program in April with a range of remote assignments, including completion of a certificate recognized by the University of Montana’s Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center. Crew leaders start field work in April with training and technical projects led by the club’s field director, Aaron Babcock and his deputy, Trevor Meyer.
Starting June 21, the crew will begin a series of backcountry trail projects in the Siskiyou and Kalmiopsis federal wilderness areas. They will pack their food and supplies in to work 10 days on, four days off, and get a break in July to go backpacking without tools.
The program ends Aug. 29. Interns receive a $1,200 monthly stipend and up to $1,000 in bonuses for school. Crew leads make $16 to $18 per hour, work plenty of overtime, and are eligible for the Club’s Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield health and dental plan after 60 days of employment. The Club provides housing for crews on their days off between June 21 and Aug. 29.
Over the years, the program has received recognition in the Oregon Field Guide, High Country News, Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, and many newspapers throughout the West.
The program is funded by grants through the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath national forests, Oregon Recreational Trails Program, REI Medford, and private donors.