Washington Conservation Corps has 20 jobs to fill in Snohomish County

Washington Conservation Corps members heading out to remove invasive species for Skagit Land Trust.
Washington Conservation Corps members heading out to remove invasive species for the Skagit Land Trust. (Photo by Nick Saling)

Washington Conservation Corps is seeking to fill 20 full-time positions in Snohomish County — and a total of 300 statewide — that offer environmental career experience for young adults and veterans. Successful applicants get the opportunity to work on restoration projects, environmental education and disaster response in communities statewide.

The Conservation Corps, which is housed within the Washington Department of Ecology, partners with AmeriCorps to provide annual positions across the state for young adults ages 18-25. There are no age restrictions for Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and dependents. Work begins Oct. 3, 2016.

Learn more and apply online: www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc..

Typical projects range from planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams, building or repairing bridges or back-country trails, to local or national disaster response support. Positions provide unique leadership opportunities in addition to paid, career-transferable job training.

This month, 12 Washington Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members and staff deployed to Charleston, West Virginia, to assist with flood response efforts after major storms devastated communities in late June. Conservation Corps members often play lead roles in AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams field response and volunteer management throughout deployments. Last summer, corps members served at 15 different fire camps across the state in addition to serving on the fire line.

In addition to hands-on environmental career experience, member benefits include the AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,775 (scholarship) upon completing one year of service, or 1,700 hours. Full-time members are eligible for educational loan forbearance, health insurance, and Washington state minimum wage throughout the year.

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