Each 5-member crew will live and work out of remote tent camps for 10-day periods while undertaking projects, allowing members to fully experience the lands being served. While the majority of the season is devoted to mitigating the impacts of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation in the desert surrounding Ridgecrest, CA, crews will take on additional projects elsewhere in California as the heat of the desert summer encroaches on the ﬁnal months of the DRC season. Season projects may include, but are not limited to: habitat restoration, fence/barrier construction, public outreach, trail work/assessment, invasive species management, and resource (i.e. water, wildlife) monitoring.
Please visit SCA’s website to learn more about what it is like ot be a Member on a DRC Team (http://www.thesca.org/serve/program/desert-restoration-corps)
The Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Oﬃce is one of ﬁve ﬁeld oﬃces within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA). The CDCA was established by Congress through passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).
There is no such thing as cabin fever in Ridgecrest. In the winter when the snow is covering the higher elevations and the frozen north, vast expanses of open desert provide recreational opportunities for OHV enthusiasts, rock hounds, or people looking for a quiet wilderness experience (Death Valley National Park is just up the road).
In the summer when the desert temperatures are a little on the warm side, head to the mountains for breathtaking hikes (ever heard of the Paciﬁc Crest Trail) and world class trout ﬁsheries. If bass ﬁshing is what you prefer, Lake Isabella, one of California’s premiere warm water ﬁsheries is just around the corner. Did you know the highest point and the lowest point in the continental United States are within a short drive of Ridgecrest? (Mt. Whitney is the highest and Death Valley is the lowest.) If you are looking for a central location to all kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities, Ridgecrest is your place.
Wilderness First Respsonder
Leave No Trace Trainer
Restoration Work Skills
Advanced off-road driving (possible)
Chainsaw training (possible)
ATV training (possible)
DRC Members will learn how to live and work together as a Team in a very small and tight-knit community. This program is set up to build future leaders for SCA through a peer leadership system. Members will have the opportunity to lead their peers for multiple hitches and will be responsible for risk management, logistics, scheduling, project quality, conﬂict resolution, etc. The peer leadership system has been very effective at preparing Members for succes in leadership
- Leadership Experience
- competent with supervision