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Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18-25 years of age on the first day of their service term.* Age restrictions do not apply to Gulf War era II veterans, reservists, and dependents.

  • Applicants must provide their own transportation to designated sites and provide for their own living arrangements

  • Applicants must be able to commit to a 40 hours per week schedule and commit to a designated term of service (4-month, 6-month, or 12-month)

  • AmeriCorps limits members to a maximum of 4 terms in any AmeriCorps program and state legislation limits service in the WCC program to a maximum of 2 years.

*Age restrictions are based on legislative mandate, limited exceptions may be made for veterans, leadership positions, and participants with a sensory or mental disability.

Hiring and Term Schedules

The WCC operates on an AmeriCorps calendar, meaning each service year runs October through September, with a one week 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 15th for a start date in October.

6-month positions - Applications accepted beginning January 15th for a start date in April.

4-month positions - Applications accepted beginning in April for a start date in June.

Crew Member Positions

WCC crews are teams of six (5 members and one supervisor) who work together to accomplish project assignments. Crews work outdoors every day in all types of weather (WCC provides rain gear). Projects vary by location and season, but there are three basic types of crews:

Restoration Crews

Our restoration crews work on public lands to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Typical projects could include:

  • Installing native trees and shrubs at riparian & re-vegetation projects
  • Removing invasive species
  • Implementing erosion control techniques
  • Participating in salmon recovery projects
  • Establishing in-stream structures & channels
  • Constructing livestock exclusionary fencing
  • Collecting marine debris from coastal beaches

Trail Crews

The typical work of a trail crew consists of:

  • Constructing or improving recreational trails
  • Building bridges and boardwalks
  • Upgrading and maintaining campgrounds
  • Installing environmental education facilities

WCC trail crews work closely with state and national parks, and sometimes city parks as well. When weather or access prevents trail work, these crews will work on restoration projects instead.

Note on backcountry projects: These crews have a designated meet up location. From there, crews will travel to the project location in a WCC truck, and often hike several miles to establish camp where they will stay for 4 or 8 days at a time (WCC calls these spikes). Backcountry trail work occurs throughout the spring and summer (weather permitting) and typically involves a heavy amount of camping. These are rigorous assignments so please be sure you are up to the challenge before applying to one of these crews.

Spike Crews

Spike crews travel and provide short-term services to our partnering agencies. For this reason, spike crew projects vary monthly and even weekly. Spike crews explore nearly every aspect of the WCC program. These crews have a designated meet up location, and travel to the project location in a WCC truck.

Depending on the project, work weeks are either 4-day spikes (Monday-Thursday) or 8-day spikes (Thursday-Thursday).

Projects may include:

  • Restoration
  • Trail improvements
  • Construction
  • And more!

Because our spike crews tend to have the most flexibility with their schedule, they are often our primary emergency response crews. In this role, spike crews work on the following projects:

  • Flood control
  • Forest & brush fires
  • Storm debris removal
  • National emergencies

During emergency response, members may be required to stay away from home for up to 30 days at a time. Housing accommodations provided may consist of a campsite, community center basement, or other makeshift locations while working on emergency response. These are rigorous assignments so please be sure you are up to the challenge before applying to one of these crews. See past examples of WCC emergency response.

Individual Placement Positions

We offer an internship program within WCC, called the WCC Individual Placement (IP) Program. Individual Placements work for natural resource organizations throughout the state of Washington. They assist biologists, foresters and environmental educators. IPs perform the following types of projects:

  • Engaging in environmental research
  • Creating outreach materials to recruit volunteers for environmental projects and/or inform the public about environmental topics
  • Assisting with monitoring projects
  • Designing restoration 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.


 

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Member Benefits:

Living Allowance

Earn the current Washington State minimum wage (2014 rate = $9.32/hour)

Money for College

Full term positions (year-long) earn a $5,645 education award. Half term positions earn $2,822. Quarter term positions earn $1,493.

This can be used to pay off qualified students loans or to attend college. Click here for more on the education award.

Student Loans

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.

Health Insurance

WCC Members are covered under a basic health insurance policy.

WCC Training

WCC members receive on the job training and formal training courses.

Child Care Assistance

Assistance is available to those who qualify

Basic Food Stamps Benefit

Assistance is available to those who qualify through DSHS.

More Information

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For frequently asked questions about AmeriCorps, please visit the AmeriCorps Website.