Not for the casual naturalist
Crew member (Current Employee) – Mankato, MN – August 6, 2017
This can be a fun job and will keep you on your toes. The jobs you do vary by location and time of year. Sometimes work will be changed at the last minute, usually due to weather. Week (or more) long camping trips while working local parks is likely. How often you camp will vary by crew and season. These can be fun if you like your crew, but there is no camper, it's tenting. This isn't a job for germophobes, anyone who isn't reasonably physically fit, or anyone who can't live without electricity/internet access. There are times when your phone may die because there is simply nowhere to charge it. You will go to the bathroom in the woods on a regular basis, guaranteed. However, despite the job title basically being "invasive plant killer," it's rewarding to see a prairie in the process of restoration, a rare flower, an unexpected animal encounter, or a crew come together as unlikely friends. You will have miserable days, but somehow it will often be kinda fun anyway. Plus, the promise of an education bonus towards student loans at the end is a nice little motivation!
Food provided during travel, trips, variety of work and work locations, active job, fun crew dynamics, education bonus towards student loans or classes
Low pay, sometimes schedule may be unpredictable, bugs, weather exposure, sometimes limited creature comforts