WA.) – With a $1.8 million federal
AmeriCorps investment, the Wash. State
Department of Ecology is now recruiting for 300
full-time environmental positions across
the state to
serve in the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC).
is an opportunity for young adults and military veterans to gain
experience implementing environmental restoration projects, engaging in
environmental education, and providing disaster response services for
communities across the state.
the wide variety of projects and opportunities WCC crews support, check
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is incredible to watch our members grow into confident, capable leaders
their service,” said Gordon White, who oversees Ecology’s community
conservation for shoreline, wetlands, floodplains and WCC activities.
they graduate from our program, our alumni are highly desirable
private sector and local non-profit entities, or state and federal
looking for passionate, dedicated environmental stewards.”
is recruiting young adults ages *18-25, as well as Gulf War Era II
reservists and dependents with no age restrictions. Members
will begin their
11-month service term on Oct.
plant 1 million trees annually, build or repair more than 400 miles of
and boardwalk, and respond to local and national disasters.
projects range from planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and
building or repairing bridges and backcountry trails, or supporting
to local or national disasters. Positions provide unique leadership
opportunities in addition to paid, career-transferable job training.
addition to career experience, benefits include the AmeriCorps
of $5,815 (scholarship) upon completing 11 months of service, and 1,700
members are eligible for educational loan forbearance, interest
health insurance, and Washington state minimum wage throughout the year.
WCC AmeriCorps members will join more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members
21,600 locations across the country. These members help communities
pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the
than 1 million individuals across the nation have served in AmeriCorps
was formed in 1994, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service
earning more than $3.3 billion in education scholarships to continue
education or pay back student loans.
$1.8 million AmeriCorps funding for these WCC positions comes from the
Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that
oversees national volunteer service programs.
restrictions are based on legislative mandate; limited exceptions may
for Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and dependents or participants
sensory or mental disability.