Department of Ecology News Release - August 17, 2016

Snohomish County’s Pilchuck River. Parts of it don’t meet state clean water standards for temperature and oxygen content. Ecology studies will help develop solutions.
Washington Conservation Corps crews work in Central Washington. The WCC is now accepting applications for outdoor crew positions.

WCC Yakima recruiting for outdoor work
Job openings for young adults and veterans beginning in October

YAKIMA – If you love to work outside and are ages 18 to 25, or a Gulf War II era military veteran, reservist or dependent – this may be the job for you! The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is recruiting for its Yakima crew to work throughout Central Washington.

Crews work year-round to protect and enhance natural resources and deploy where needed across the country to provide assistance during natural disasters.

Crews in Central Washington will focus on salmon habitat recovery and native plant restoration. They will work a “spike” schedule, which means members should expect frequent overnight stays close to service sites, Monday through Thursday. During winter months, lodging is in hotels or bunkhouses; in the summer, tent camping is common.

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

Interested candidates should apply online at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc. For more information, call 509-406-4985. Apply soon to be competitive for our Oct. 3, 2016 start date.

Contact:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610, @ecyCentral