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*Age restrictions are based on legislative mandate, limited exceptions may be made for veterans, leadership (non-member) positions, and participants with a sensory or mental disability.
12-month WCC members are covered under a basic health insurance policy. Visit our forms page for a summary of benefits.Childcare and Food Assistance
Assistance is available to those who qualify through DSHS.GED Reimbursement
GED exam fee reimbursement is available for those who pass the exam successfully during their WCC term.
AmeriCorps Education Award
The AmeriCorps Education Award is available to members upon completion of service.
Full-term positions (12 months) earn a $5,775 education award. Half-term positions (six months) earn $2,887.50. Quarter-term positions (four months) earn $1,527.45. More on the education award.Earn College Credits
WCC is now offering opportunities to earn transferable college credits through a new partnership with Walla Walla Community College. Cultivated Plants, a course from Walla Walla Community College's Water Technology and Management and Agriculture degree program curriculum, will be part of WCC's training catalog in 2017. In addition, six months or up to two years of WCC service qualifies at Cooperative Work Experience credits within Walla Walla Community College's program requirements (non-transferable).
Your qualified student loans can be deferred while you are enrolled in the program. You should ask your lender to be sure.
If your loans are eligible (typically government-backed student loans), AmeriCorps will pay for the interest that accrues while you are in the WCC upon successful completion of your service.
The WCC operates on an AmeriCorps calendar, meaning each service year runs October through September, with a break between service years. When positions open, interviews are conducted on a continuous basis until vacancies are filled. Submitting your application early is recommended to ensure consideration.
12-month positions - Applications accepted beginning July 15 for a start date of Oct. 3.
6-month positions - Applications accepted beginning in February for a start date in April.
4-month positions - Applications accepted beginning in May for a start date in June.
No experience? No problem! WCC members receive on-the-job training on field topics such as native plant identification, tool use, safety techniques and more. WCC members also receive two formal training courses each year to introduce members to topics of their choice. Many of these courses offer members the opportunity to earn valuable, career-transferable certifications upon completion.
WCC offers restoration crews, trail crews and spike crews across the state. Visit our crew types page for more about each of these crew types, including typical schedule and projects.
We offer an internship program within WCC called the WCC Individual Placement (IP) Program. These are typically limited to 12-month positions. IPs serve natural resource organizations throughout the state of Washington. They assist biologists, foresters and environmental educators. IPs perform the following types of projects:
Because of the technical nature of these positions, a college degree is preferred, but not required.
Candidates accepting one of these positions will be committing to a full year of AmeriCorps service. Transfer to other WCC positions for IP members will not be approved.
Visit our Individual Placement page to see where our IPs are serving this year!
Four of our WCC crews are designated disaster response crews, though any crew has the potential to deploy.
National or local disaster response deployment could involve the following projects:
My AmeriCorps - Paperless Education Awards
My AmeriCorps presents information that will help you before, during, and after your service. ALL alum information was migrated to this site, beginning in 2008. Now, using your Education Award is easier than ever! You can also retrieve your past tax information, print a letter that verifies your AmeriCorps service, and more. Check it out today at https://my.americorps.gov.
WCC on Facebook
The WCC has an open Facebook page and a closed WCC Alums
Facebook group. Please join our Facebook group for information specific
to our Alums, including job announcements, networking with other Alums, and staying in touch!
There is a service for AmeriCorps Alums, providing information for job and volunteer opportunities, resources, alum events,
education award assistance, and much more! This website serves as a virtual community, connecting AmeriCorps alumni around the country to
one another and to a lifetime of service. Visit and register (for free) at: http://www.americorpsalums.org/. Additional resources
To honor Eli Segal and continue his work of advancing national service in America, the Corporation for National and Community Service is pleased to announce the Eli Segal Fellowship Program. For more details, please visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award.
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