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Washington Conservation Corps

AmeriCorps Member Positions in the WCC

Our typical week is Monday-Thursday (40 hours). We primarily offer 12 month positions but may add seasonal positions (6-month and 4-month), based on the needs of our project sponsors.

Learn more about our AmeriCorps positions by reviewing the information on this page:

Closing Date/Interview Schedule

New Opportunities!

Now recruiting for:
4-month Members
Seasonal Supervisor

12-month positions - Applications accepted beginning July 15th and continuing into October until positions are filled. Interviews are conducted on a continuous basis so submitting your application early is recommended to ensure consideration. 

6-month positions - Applications accepted beginning January 15th for a start date in April. All positions conclude in late September, allowing a one week shutdown in between service years.

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

All positions conclude in late September, allowing a one week shutdown in between service years.

Applicant Requirements

  • Our grant funding and state mandate both limit our member positions to 18-25 year olds, with limited exceptions made for recently returned military veterans and participants with a sensory or mental disability*.

  • 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, 12-month)

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

Crew Members

A crew member position might be right for you if:

Restoration Crews

Our restoration crews work on public lands to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. The work will vary by crew, but typical projects include:

  • Installing native species at riparian & re-vegetation projects
  • Constructing roadway erosion control
  • Participating in salmon recovery projects
  • Establishing in-stream structures & channels

WCC members on restoration crews dedicate a majority of their time to large-scale planting projects; installing native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, constructing livestock-exclusionary fencing, and working on a variety of in-stream projects.

Are you interested in a crew position? Please proceed to our current opportunities page.

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Trail Crews

The typical work of a trail crew consists of:

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

This work may be performed in urban and backcountry areas. WCC crews are stationed in local, state and national parks. 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, then hike several miles to establish camp where they will stay for 4 or 8-day 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.

Are you interested in a crew position? Please proceed to our current opportunities page.

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Spike Crews

Spike crews are traveling crews that provide short-term services to our partnering agencies. For this reason, spike crew projects vary monthly and even weekly. Projects may include restoration projects, trail improvements, construction, and more! This allows members of a spike crew to explore nearly every aspect of the WCC program. These crews have a designated meet up location. From there, crews will travel to the project location in a WCC truck.

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
  • Oil spill clean-up
  • 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. Read past examples of WCC emergency response.

Are you interested in a crew position? Please proceed to our current opportunities page.

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Individual Placement Positions

We offer an internship program within WCC, referred to as 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:

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

Are you interested in an Individual Placement position? Please proceed to our current opportunities page.

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

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Questions or comments? Contact WCC.

Member Benefits:

Living Allowance

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

Money for College

Full-time positions (year-long) earn a $5,550. Half-time positions earn a $2,775 education award. Quarter-time positions earn $1,468 education award

This can be used to pay off qualified students loans or for attending 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

Check out a WCC opportunity near you!

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