Veterans are encouraged to apply for all WCC member positions, including our Veteran Conservation Corps crews. These crews are engaged in work that helps support the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda to return the Sound to a healthy environmental condition by 2020.
In addition to helping restore
and protect Washington’s environment, they provide
environmental education and volunteer opportunities for
thousands of residents of all ages, and assist citizens in
Washington and across the nation during floods, fires,
hurricanes and other natural disasters.
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Crews perform a wide variety of conservation work throughout the state. Some examples include:
As members, veterans earn the state minimum wage and a $5,550
AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program. They can use
the award to repay student loans or toward future tuition
expenses as a supplement to any GI Bill benefits earned. They
also attend a series of paid trainings throughout the year such
as advanced wilderness first aid, wild land firefighting and
pumps and saws, and flood and hazardous material response.
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The WCC also provides transitional assistance and aid in providing contacts and information for the many programs available to Veterans. This transition from military to AmeriCorps service will enable veterans to continue serving their communities and country while gaining new skills, certifications and experience in the environmental field.
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 II Era military veterans.
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