Schmeeckle student staff, 2018

Student Employment at Schmeeckle Reserve


Join the Schmeeckle team! UW-Stevens Point student employees are at the heart of Schmeeckle's operations, helping to maintain trails, restore habitat, and inform visitors about its resources. Between 40 and 50 students are hired every year, including summer.

All jobs are posted through the UW-Stevens Point Quest job database. Most positions require that students have been awarded Federal Work Study financial aid. Visit the CASE Work Study FAQ for more information about the Work Study program.

Explore the positions below and apply for open jobs. If you have any questions about working at Schmeeckle, contact us at 715-346-4992 or schmeeckle@uwsp.edu.

 

General Student Job Positions

Positions Current Openings
​Office Staff​/Gift Shop Clerk
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Positions filled.
​Maintenance Staff
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Positions filled.
​Artists/Painter​s
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Positions filled.
Ecological Restoration Crew Members
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Positions filled.

Supervisory/Fellowship Student Job Positions

Positions Current Openings
​Graduate Assistantship
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Position filled.
​Office Manager
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Position filled.
​Maintenance Supervisor
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Position filled.
Ecological Restoration Fellowship/Crew Leader
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Position filled.
​Schmeeckle Recreation Coordinator
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Position filled.

Office Staff/Gift Shop Clerk 

Office employees are representatives of Schmeeckle Reserve to all who walk through the visitor center doors. Their primary duty is to greet visitors and provide them with information. Staff must be positive, friendly, and outgoing.

Employees also are responsible for selling items in the gift shop, a store specializing in natural and cultural merchandise.

Specific duties include:

  • Information desk: Greet visitors and provide information about Schmeeckle Reserve, Green Circle Trail, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, UWSP, and Stevens Point.
  • Gift Shop clerk: Sell merchandise with a cash register, maintain and clean store, help with inventory.
  • Maintain the visitor center: Clean, organize, fill brochures, feed and clean captive animal aquariums.
  • Meeting room: Take reservations, set up chairs and tables for groups, make coffee, provide information.
  • Interpreter's Handbook Series: Take phone orders for books sold.
  • General office work: Make copies, send faxes, answer and direct phone calls, bulk mailing, typing.


Maintenance Staff

Maintenance employees are responsible for the upkeep and land management of the natural area. During the spring, summer, and fall, most hours will be spent outdoors on the trails or working with habitat areas. During winter, most hours will be spent in the basement workshop constructing wooden signs or maintaining the visitor center.

Specific duties include:   

  • Maintain and construct trails: wood chipping, pruning, lopping, clearing brush, litter clean-up, tree removal
  • Repair and construct boardwalks, bridges, benches, and other structures
  • Work in land management projects: invasive species removal, habitat restoration, flora and fauna identification and research
  • Construct cedar signs: woodworking, routing, carving, painting
  • General facility maintenance: cleaning, painting, repairing

 
Maintenance staff report directly a Maintenance Crew Leader.



Artists/Painters

Artists, painters, and woodworkers work in several small businesses that support Schmeeckle Reserve. Our staff sculpts wildlife out of wood, paints natural landscapes, and provides illustrations for publications. Creativity is essential, and past experience with realistic nature-oriented art is preferred.

Specific duties include:

  • Painting: Paint detailed, realistic wildlife, plants, and habitats on cedar signs.
  • Carving: Route, carve, and sculpt realistic natural scenes into wood.
  • Illustration: Create sketches and illustrations of natural and cultural history topics for signs, publications, merchandise, marketing, and other media.
  • Maintenance: This position will also help with some maintenance duties, depending on current projects.