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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 on a 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 one of two teams of 3-6 crew members located either in Mark Twain National Forest or local managed properties (i.e., Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Bass Pro Base Camp). The Crew Member will work with a 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, trail work, 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: 8 hours/5 days, ~40 hours per week.  Crew schedule is Monday-Friday with variable start and end times.  Additional workdays may be added to the schedule, and this schedule can change depending on weather and season. Term of employment is May 19-August 17 for the Mark Twain Crew Members and May 19-mid-July for local Crew Members.  Crew Members working in Mark Twain will be provided with food and housing during the work week.

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


  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. Pay starts at $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 resume and two names to be used as references to Caleb Sanders, Conservation Corps Crew Manager, at