Department of Ecology News Release - July 30, 2014
OLYMPIA – The Washington Conservation Corps, a part of the Washington Department of Ecology, has opened 288 jobs that help protect and restore the environment.
Working in partnership with AmeriCorps, the WCC provides annual member positions for 18 – 25 years old and no age restrictions for Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and dependents.*
Those selected to become a WCC/AmeriCorps member will gain valuable, hands-on experience working with the environment. Project work includes restoration planting, invasive species removal, trail building, and more. The most recent project supported by members is the Carlton Complex wildfire, the largest and most devastating wildfire in Washington’s history.
From re-building boardwalks and trails, to disaster response for wildfires and landslides, the positions provide paid, career-transferable training and leadership opportunities.
In addition to paid career training, members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,645 (scholarship) upon successful completion of one year of service (1,700 hours). Basic medical benefits are provided and educational loan forbearance is available. Apply Online at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc and read a recent WCC success story at ECOconnect blog.
* Age restrictions are based on legislative mandate; limited exceptions may be made for veterans, leadership positions, and participants with a sensory or mental disability.
Camille St. Onge, communication manager, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA
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