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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is a residential facility operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison located on the beautiful Wisconsin River, two miles north of Wisconsin Dells. The site consists of 14 buildings that supply lodging, meals and environmental education resources year-round for youth and youth leaders. The center rests on 318 acres of forested land including Blackhawk Island, a 210-acre designated State Natural Area. This wooded property is considered one of the few remaining “old growth” natural areas of the state. The rock cliffs, shady canyons, caves and sandy beaches feature a variety of flora, fauna, and unique geologic and cultural history.

Current Openings:

The Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center seeks a reliable and detail-oriented WisCorp Individual placement serving as a Conservation and Education Specialist responsible for:

  • Education: Teach environmental and outdoor education, lead programs for groups, and care for live animals.
  • Community Engagement: Serve as liaison for visiting groups, maintain records, build community relationships, and mentor staff.
  • Conservation: Support conservation projects, maintain equipment, perform trail work, remove invasive species, and complete facility maintenance.

Position Service Site: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Service Time: September 5, 2023 – August 16, 2024 (1,700 Hour AmeriCorps Term, 50 Weeks, 35 Hours per Week)

Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $23,000 ($460 per week), Education Award = $6,895.00 upon successful completion of service, Health insurance optional (1 year/1,700 hour positions only, who are not already covered)

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