Wildland Restoration Team

MCC’s Wildland Restoration Program puts members on the frontlines of invasive species management and ecological restoration in an early detection rapid response model for wildland restoration.  Crew members are trained in plant identification, inventory and monitoring techniques using GPS, invasive species management that may include chemical, biological and mechanical treatments, and resource conservation management practices. Wildland Restoration crews may also participate in innovative wetlands and habitat restoration projects such as beaver pond mimicry. Projects are often rigorous requiring carrying a heavy backpack sprayer and working in hot weather across rugged terrain while wearing protective gear. But the exposure to resource professionals working on premier public lands in the West, and real-world job experience in wildland restoration is unparalleled.

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Position Offerings

Location: Bozeman, Kalispell, Missoula, MT
Program Dates: February 3 through August 14, 2020
Living Allowance: $700 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,266.50 upon completion of the program

The Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Leader will assist in the successful completion of MCC natural resource and community service projects, on-site management of a crew, monitoring of crew dynamics to ensure a high level of crew motivation and functioning, as well as the delivery of the full range of MCC program components. This is not a 9-5 job, rather a commitment to service and an experience where long hours and extended time away from your home base are to be expected.  Serving as a WRT Leader at MCC means having passion for service to others, for wild lands and wild places, for personal growth, or for any number of MCC’s values.  Leaders and their crews will camp for most of their term, oftentimes in remote locations in varied terrain and in all weather conditions. The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical and biological treatment techniques.  Other potential projects include chainsaw use, stream restoration, re-vegetation and Early Detection and Rapid Response of new invaders.  Not all WRTLs will work on all types of projects.  The WRT Leader is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps participants. 

WRT Leaders understand that commitment, flexibility and self-motivation are integral to maintaining the high expectations placed upon them.  They use their training, experience and commitment to facilitate their crew’s development.  They are creative in their approach to problem solving and motivating others, and are invested in the idea that their personal development and growth as a leader are most fully realized when used in service to their crews, their communities and the environment.

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Location: Missoula, MT
Program Dates: May 18 through October 30, 2020 
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $3047.50 upon completion of the program

The Western Wildlands WRT late summer/fall project work will expose our participants to landscape scale wildland restoration efforts and practices through a diverse project base located Western Montana.

Participants will gain experience and proficiency in chainsaw use during forest thinning projects focusing on the reduction of wildlfire risk and the development of wildlife habitat.  Additional project work will feature a range of wildland and wetland restoration techniques including beaver mimicry, native plant revegetation, erosion control, and invasive plant management.

This WRT position offers an educational, fun, and challenging experience in on-the-ground conservation practices intended to restore public lands by encouraging and supplementing historical natural processes through a crew-based, field oriented experience. Candidates interested in developing or pursuing career in wildland restoration, forestry, natural resource management and related fields, or candidates who simply want to work hard and gain valuable skills in beautiful landscapes are encouraged to apply.

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Location: Kalispell, Missoula, and Bozeman
Program Dates: May 18 through August 14, 2020
Living Allowance: $580 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,612.43 upon completion of program

The Wildland Restoration Team (WRT) Member gains valuable professional and practical experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration.  The primary focus of the WRT is the identification, treatment, and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies and Plains ecosystems utilizing chemical, mechanical, and biological treatment techniques.  This position is supervised by the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator with support from other regional staff.  This position should be viewed not as a 9-5 job but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in adverse environmental and weather conditions, are to be expected.  This position will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

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