Department of Ecology News Release - July 15, 2016

Your future environmental career begins here
Washington Conservation Corps to fill 300 full-time positions statewide

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OLYMPIA – Recruitment begins today for 300 jobs to help restore and enhance the environment. These full-time positions offer environmental career experience for young adults and veterans through the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC). Successful applicants get the opportunity to work on restoration projects, environmental education, and disaster response in communities statewide.

WCC, housed within Washington Department of Ecology, is now looking to fill positions in statewide. In partnership with AmeriCorps, WCC provides annual positions across the state for young adults ages 18-25, with 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.

Check out WCC’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr feeds for photos showcasing the wide variety of work and opportunities.

WCC AmeriCorps members gain valuable, hands-on environmental field experience. Typical projects range from planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams, building or repairing bridges or backcountry trails, to local or national disaster response support. Positions provide unique leadership opportunities in addition to paid, career-transferable job training.

“WCC offers the skills, training, and field experience that provides pathways to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow. Watching members evolve into confident and capable professionals during their WCC term is a joy.” said Nick Mott, WCC program manager. “After going through the program, alumni are highly desirable for local non-profit, state and federal environmental organizations looking for dedicated employees with a passion for protecting the environment. This is a great starting and launching point for careers.”

This month, 12 WCC AmeriCorps members and staff deployed to Charleston, West Virginia, to assist with flood response efforts after major storms devastated communities in late June. In addition to staff, WCC members often play lead roles in AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams field response and volunteer management throughout deployments. Last summer, WCC AmeriCorps 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.

*Age restrictions are based on legislative mandate; limited exceptions may be made for Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and dependents or participants with a sensory or mental disability.

Contact:

Contact: Jessica Payne, communications manager, 360-407-6548