WCC's Veteran Conservation Corps
Empowering military veterans to continue their service
The transition from military to AmeriCorps service enables
veterans to continue serving their communities and country by
gaining new skills, certifications and experience in the
Veterans are encouraged to apply for all WCC member positions,
including our Veteran Conservation Corps crews. Visit our FAQ page for more details.
Projects supported by military veterans in the WCC
Veteran Conservation Corps members help restore and protect
Washington's environment through the following types of restoration
- Removing beach debris and structures that damage shoreline habitat
- Planting, maintaining, and preserving urban and native trees and
- Restoring marine and near shore habitat
- Repairing and replanting streamside habitat
- Building and maintaining backcountry and urban trails
- Backcountry and urban bridge construction
- Removing invasive weeds
- Restoration site monitoring and stream sampling
In addition to helping restore and protect Washington's environment,
Veteran Conservation Corps members assist citizens in Washington and
across the nation during floods, fires, hurricanes and other natural
disasters. Learn more about the WCC disaster response program.
Benefits for military veterans in the WCC
As WCC members, veterans earn the state minimum wage and a $5,775 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion
of the program. They can use the award to repay loans or toward future tuition expenses as a supplement to any GI Bill
benefits earned. They can also attend a series of paid trainings at a WCC conference. Certifications include Wilderness
First Responder, Hazardous Waste Operator, and Wildland Firefighting.
The WCC also provides transitional assistance and aid in providing contacts and information for the many programs
available to veterans.
The Veteran Conservation Corps is made possible by a partnership with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington
Department of Veterans Affairs,
and United States Forest Service.
The 2011 Puget SoundCorps
legislation provided funding for
veteran-specific opportunities and waived the
18-25 age requirement for Gulf War Era Military Veterans.
Learn more about Crew Supervisor
positions in the WCC.