Desert Restoration Corps

The Desert Restoration Corps (DRC) is a partnership between the Student Conservation Association (SCA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and California Off-Highway Vehicle Commission (CA-OHV) which has produced a decade of monitoring, preserving, and repairing fragile habitat in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.

The first eight months of the DRC are based out of Ridgecrest, CA. Each team 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, Teams will take on additional projects elsewhere in California as the heat of the desert summer encroaches on the final two months of the DRC season. Projects typically include habitat restoration, fence/barrier construction, public outreach, trail work/assessment, invasive species management, and resource (i.e. water, wildlife) monitoring.

Members of the Desert Restoration Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • CPR Certification
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course
  • S212 Chainsaw Certification
  • Advanced Off Highway Vehicle training
  • Peer Leadership
  • Restoration Philosophy and Practice
  • Trail Skills

During the 10-month DRC season, members will restore, protect, and monitor thousands of acres of desert wilderness and will complete a number of other conservation projects. The Peer Leadership model will also provide leadership experience for all members.   

Applicants must be between 18-25 years of age and must pass a background check.

The DRC is one of SCA’s most challenging programs. Members should be prepared to live and work as a small community in very remote locations. Environmental conditions can be harsh, and the projects themselves are physically and mentally challenging. However, those able to meet these challenges will receive an incredible experience!

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Wow, how the time has flown by. This last hitch was our shortest yet. We were able to complete our 4-mile fence line on the first day! After that we had the opportunity to train the California Conservation Corps team who are working on the Yosemite border with Stanislaus.
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And back to the fence we go! This hitch we strove toward near completion of the “Buck Meadows” fenceline that we had been focusing on for the past couple of hitches. We continued to clear all trees and brush from more sections of the fence using chainsaws and hand tools, and then replaced and repaired that fence line, as we saw fit.

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We have a running joke with other Humbolt Redwoods State Park RTR folks. Most mornings we meet at the shop before gearing up for our 1 ½ mile hike to work. One of them will ask us, “isn’t it closer to hike in from Burlington?” and one of us will tell them that actually it’s a closer hike from the Garden Club of America Grove.

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The 2014 Wild50 crew was set up this year to be a roving crew- traveling the state of California as we partnered with different Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices. The crew assisted in many different tasks to help the offices out in the field. Most hitches were ten-days long, with the occasional hitch being five days.

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During the last month of our season, the WildCorps crew worked with the excellent staff from the BLM Office at Fort Ord National Monument near Monterey, California performing a wide range of projects throughout the property.

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Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.