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OFS Legacy Participant

Operation Fresh Start


Opportunity summary

Term length

4/1/2024 - 12/31/2025

Application window

4/1/2024 - 12/31/2025


Madison, Wisconsin

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Engaging emerging adults aged 16-24 years old in restoration and community access projects on public land throughout Dane County, WI. Work includes invasive species removal, native seed collection, planting of native trees and other plants, trail building/maintenance, rain garden construction/maintenance, and wetland and oak savannah restoration on county and city public lands.   

Opportunity description

Service with other The Corps Network AmeriCorps members to assist in conservation projects including development or repair of trails, restoration of prairie, wetland and oak savannah habitats, invasive species removal/treatment, and/or native grass and wildflower seed collection. Develop a personal educational plan; accomplish goals including High School diploma (or equivalency) attainment as well as post-secondary education and other professional development.


  • Education benefit
  • Workforce credential or certificate

Requirements and qualifications


High School diploma. US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident. Must be able to complete a federal background check. Valid driver's license and access to personal vehicle.

Preferred qualifications

No experience required. We prepare our graduates for careers beyond conservation, no required interest in a conservation career.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Wildfire prevention and fuels reduction
  • Waterway restoration
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Urban agriculture
  • Stormwater management
  • Tree planting and urban forestry
  • Extreme heat mitigation
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Soil and water conservation

Work environment

  • Team based
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Outdoor