In fall 2011, The Washington Conservation Corps formed a partnership with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, and United States Forest Service to create new opportunities for recently returning military veterans. In addition to establishing funding for veteran-specific opportunities; the WCC's guiding legislation was amended to allow waiving the WCC's age requirement for military veterans.
Veterans are encouraged to apply for all WCC member positions, including our Puget SoundCorps crew. These Puget SoundCorps 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 will 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 that
they can use 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 WCC recruits program-wide in the summer months for a
start date in October. Learn more about member positions...
Crew Supervisor positions are posted, as they occur, on Ecology's Job Opportunities website. The application for supervisory positions will be made available at www.careers.wa.gov.
Learn more about member positions in the WCC program.
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