Overview

Do you love being outdoors, hiking in the backcountry or urban trails, learning new skills and accomplishing hands-on projects? Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is recruiting AmeriCorps members for field crews across the state! The WCC provides environmental experience, field skills, and training opportunities for young adults (ages 18-25) and military veterans.

Serving on a WCC crew means spending your days outdoors, in all types of weather, accomplishing projects that restore and enhance critical landscapes across Washington. Members serve on a crew of five, along with an experienced supervisor who provides training, mentorship, and development opportunities. Activities could range from planting trees and shrubs, to using hand and power tools, to building trails, bridges, boardwalks and more. Our field crews are located across the state, focusing on every aspect of environmental restoration and trail enhancement. From backcountry trail crews to urban restoration crews – we have an opportunity for you!

Safety measures for field activities will include continued physical distancing, wearing a mask as needed, washing hands with soap regularly, and meeting respiratory protection requirements for travel in a crew truck*.
*this may include N-95, KN-95 and/or P-100 respirators, all of which require removal of facial hair for adequate fit

Members are also eligible for:
• Semi-monthly living allowance of $1,116
• Some crews travel for four or eight days at a time to complete projects (known as going on “spike”). Members also deploy across Washington or nationally to support communities after natural disasters, as opportunities arise. Travel expenses and food provided by WCC during spike projects or disaster response deployments.
• AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,345 (scholarship) upon successful completion of 11-month contract (and 1700 hours)
• Educational loan forbearance and interest payments through AmeriCorps
• Basic healthcare offered by WCC

Typical schedule: 40 hours/week, Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. When traveling, schedule could alternately be Thursday – Thursday (10-hour days) with six days off prior.

Position starts 10/4/21 and ends 9/8/22

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Development

Qualifications:

No previous field experience required.

Required Skills:

Must be 18-25 years old, with exceptions for those with military service or with mental or sensory disabilities. Members must abide by Corporation for National and Community Service and WCC policies. Successful applicants will be required to verify their vaccination record or seek a medical or religious exemption for the 21-22 service term.

About Washington Conservation Corps (WCC)

A state-wide AmeriCorps program operating since 1983. Housed under the Washington State Department of Ecology, we currently run 52 year-round field crews across the state. These crews partner with state, federal and local agencies to restore habitat, build trails, improve ecosystems and respond to natural disasters.

Our mission is to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Washington while providing meaningful service opportunities to young adults and military veterans.

Application Instructions

Apply online at: https://www.ecology.wa.gov/wcc