WCO Conservation Corps Crew Member

Job Announcement

Job Title: Watershed Committee Conservation Corps Crew Member 

Reports to: Conservation Corps Crew Manager  

Organization: Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

Mission: The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) is a non-profit organization with the mission “to sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective Management of the region’s watersheds.” The Watershed Conservation Corps (WCC) will enact and further this mission through both projects and education. Specifically, the mission of the WCC is “to engage and employ young people in hands-on watershed improvement.”

Position: The Crew Member will participate in the WCO Conservation Corps program. The WCC Crew Member will work with a team of 3-6 Crew Members and the WCC Crew Manager on outdoor projects which provide watershed benefits and watershed health, such as installing and/or maintaining green infrastructure like rain gardens, detention basin retrofits, stream restoration sites, removing invasive species, and projects related to ecological maintenance and/or restoration plans.

Crew Members are expected to complete a number of trainings through the Missouri Department of Conservation, the WCO, and other educational entities. They are also expected to participate in group presentations at local conferences and events.

Position Dates: 7.5 hours/day, 30 hours per week.  Crew schedule is Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (workday may begin as early as 6:00 am).  Additional workdays may be added to the schedule and this schedule can change depending on weather and season. Term of employment runs from May 29, 2018 to Aug. 3, 2018.  Reapplication is highly encouraged for 2018/2019 program year, which begins in March.

Location:  The Watershed Center at 2400 E. Valley Water Mill Rd in Springfield, Missouri will be the home base.  Project locations may vary.


  1. Must be 18 years or older.
  2. Strong interest in learning about conservation and working outdoors.
  3. Must be punctual and responsible with an ability to work with others as a team.
  4. Ability to lift and move heavy objects (50 lbs.) and work outside in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.
  5. Must have the ability to obtain State of Missouri Pesticide Operator License and First Aid/CPR certification.
  6. Ability to obtain Missouri Department of Conservation Burn Level 1 certificate.
  7. Some flexibility for varied work hours, including weekends.
  8. Experience working outdoors and familiarity with outdoor conservation work preferred.
  9. Ability to arrive at designated meet-up location in Springfield Missouri. If you have a vehicle, and drive, a valid driver’s license and insurance is required.


  1. Crew Members will be paid $10.00 per hour.
  2. Internship Credit is available through Missouri State University.
  3. Crew Members will acquire professional trainings and certifications.
  4. Exposure to agencies and professionals with the potential for long-term career connections.

To apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to Caleb Sanders, Conservation Corps Crew Manager, at caleb@watershedcommittee.org.