Wyoming Conservation Corps
Members gain a first hand experience dealing with Wyoming’s complex landscape, providing them with real world skills and a deeper appreciation for the state’s environmental challenges and riches.
We work in all areas of land management including:
- Timber management
- Property management and maintenance
SPRING (Leaders only)
Throughout the spring our Crew Leaders are taking the WCC Leadership and Conservation class earning 2 upper-division college credits from the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. This class provides Leaders with an understanding of the complex dynamics of natural resources management within our state while also equipping students with the tools to confidently lead groups of students on conservation-oriented service-learning projects on Wyoming’s public lands in the summer months.
The spring trainings involve such competencies as:
- service leadership
- crew management
- communication and conflict management
- technical and outdoor living skills: power and hand tool safety and use (chain saw/brush saw), tool maintenance, Red Cross first aid and CPR, defensive driving, trailer use and safety, invasive species management/herbicide application, tree identification, GPS data collection.
- safety administration
- wetlands management
Specialized trainings and events that occur in the spring include:
- Wilderness First Responder Certification
- S212 B-A sawyer training
- being involved in National Day’s of Service on campus
- participating in monthly weekend activities
- becoming involved in the local community volunteering: Volunteer requirement: to encourage civic engagement and direct service to the community, all AmeriCorps members serving a 10 month term must perform 20 hours of volunteer service outside of regularly scheduled projects. Hours could be earned volunteering as a crew on a local service project, job shadowing a natural resource professional, or individual volunteer time with a nonprofit.
Student Leaders practice these skills on diverse conservation and service projects throughout their service term.
SUMMER (Leaders and Members)
Once the summer starts, crews of 8 are formed and set out to complete 6, 10-day conservation projects throughout the state.
Examples of WCC projects:
- Build new trails, clear and maintain old trails
- Fuels Reductions (Bark Beetle Mitigation)
- Fencing (all kinds)
- Habitat Enhancement
- Wetlands Restoration
- Historic Property Maintenance
- Energy Impact Reduction
Each year we strive to use our projects as tools to equip our members with skills and values to be engaged vigorous citizens. We believe that when we are successful in doing this we graduate into the world young people motivated to improve their communities and environment.
NATURE OF THE WORK WITH WCC
The Wyoming Conservation Corps experience is extremely demanding both physically and mentally. Each year new members consistently underestimate the physical and mental requirement. In addition to the physical demands of the projects, you should know that you will be sleeping and living outdoors much of the time in all weather conditions.
Strenuous physical activity may include:
- Long (10 hour) days of shoveling, digging and swinging heavy tools repetitively
- Long (10 hour) days of chainsaw work
- Heavy lifting, bending
- Hiking and carrying up to 60 pound backpacks at altitudes up to 12,000 ft.
- Working, eating, and living in the outdoors in all weather conditions
- Walking / working on steep or uneven terrain
- Working in extremes of heat or cold
- Herbicide application