October 24, 2016

Employing Veterans

This is not our core mission but a vital component to carry out our missions. Wounded Nature will hire prequalified unemployed veterans through the Veterans Administration’s job assistance program.  We will utilize veterans with and without any service related medical problems and injuries.  Hired veterans who have service related medical problems will have already completed their rehabilitation treatments and are deemed by their medical team fit for work.

Wounded Nature will provide these veterans with a paycheck during the period they are with us.


The veterans will spend the first two days being trained about boat life, safety rules, and clean-up procedures. They will regain confidence as they participate in public relations and educational events as paid employees and members of the Wounded Nature staff.

If you are a veteran located in South Carolina or moving to the state and interested in joining our crew for 120 days, please contact the Charleston, SC Veterans Administration office.  Whenever we have openings, we will hire through their office.

Job Description for Veterans to Participate in Wounded Nature’s Environmental Program

Basic skills and abilities needed to perform the job. Each candidate must be able to:

  • Lift 25 pounds
  • Move up and down steep and narrow steps as the vessel rocks and rolls
  • Be able to live aboard a moving vessel without suffering from motion sickness
  • Able to answer emails and post blogs describing daily Wounded Nature experiences
  • Be able to live in a coed housing environment
  • Ability to spend the day walking in loose sand, being exposed to direct and reflective sunlight, and working in a hot climate.

Duties and responsibilities of the job.

This job requires flexibility because this is a position where every employee will gain experience in a multitude of disciplines. These range from doing manual labor tasks such as beach clean ups, painting, repair and preventive maintenance, and onboard ship cleaning to community relations, hosting parties, and visiting schools.

All employees are expected to be ready for anything and to handle all requests reasonably.

Rewards of the job

Each veteran will perform a number of tasks exposing them to a number of disciplines. These disciplines include manual labor, environmental remediation, wildlife rescue, maintenance, ship and boat handling, public relations, community relations, social media marketing, event planning and hosting, cooking, marine research, etc.

Our program allows veterans to earn a paycheck while performing a wide variety of tasks over a short period of time. This will help our veterans focus their job hunting or attend college and choose an area of study in a discipline with which they have found an interest or comfort zone.

Work Schedule

Employees will work for 20 days each month and be off for 10. Most months, we will book the work time back to back allowing for 40 days on and 20 continuous days off.  Each Wounded Nature – Working Veterans employee will work a total of 80 days during their 4 month employment period.


Our Wounded Nature – Working Veterans reentry employees are paid $1,200 (gross) on the 14th and 28th of each month.

Work clothes are provided by Wounded Nature. Work clothing includes all protective gear, shirts, pants, shorts, and rain gear. Each employee will receive attire appropriate for performing manual labor tasks along with separate attire for performing community relations and event related tasks.  Employee meals are provided during the time spent aboard the boats.

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans does NOT provide services to any veterans other than those we hire as transitional employees.  There are many other veteran related non-profits who can and will assist any veteran needing help.  Our veteran mission focus is to portray veterans in a positive light and convince employers and the public that they should hire veterans.

Photo:  Stacy Pearsall who was medically discharged from the Air Force due to combat injuries sustained as a combat photographer.  Photo courtesy of Charleston Center for Photography www.ccforp.org


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