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Washington Conservation Corps

Partner with the WCC to complete your projects!

What is the WCC?

Organizational Overview

The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) was established in 1983 to conserve, rehabilitate, and enhance the state’s natural and environmental resources while providing educational opportunities and meaningful service experiences for young adults (ages 18 to 25*). The WCC provides crews to accomplish projects on public lands (includes recreational upgrades, environmental restoration, and enhancement). WCC crews consist of 5 WCC AmeriCorps members and 1 crew supervisor. Projects lasting a minimum of 4 days are eligible for consideration.

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

What are eligible activities?

Eligible Activities Woodard Creek Bridge

WCC will consider projects that physically improve the natural environment or expand recreational opportunities for the public. Specific activities may include:

  • In-stream large woody debris placement, bank stabilization, or fish barrier removal
  • Livestock exclusionary fence construction
  • Wetland creation or restoration
  • Wildlife structure installation
  • Riparian planting and maintenance
  • Manual and chemical invasive species suppression and removal
  • Trail, boardwalk, and bridge construction
  • Infrastructure improvements (e.g. campgrounds, picnic shelters, etc)

What does the WCC provide?

The Washington Conservation Corps provides: WCC Truck
  • One 6-person crew consisting of 5 WCC AmeriCorps members and 1 crew supervisor.
  • Extended cab vehicle and basic complement of hand tools for WCC crew to perform projects (specialized tools and/or equipment rental must be provided by partner agency).
  • Crew coordination including training, scheduling, and administrative services.
  • Crew payroll. WCC members and supervisors will be issued paychecks through the Department of Ecology. WCC members are AmeriCorps participants and crew supervisors are Ecology employees.

What does the partner organization provide?

Partner Organization provides:
  • Cash matching funds with a 4-day minimum obligation required.
  • Timely processing and payment of monthly invoices.
  • Project-specific guidance, where necessary.
  • Required permits/licenses for project completion, if applicable.
  • Specialty tools and equipment, when required to complete project.
  • When travel is required to accomplish projects, lodging is invoiced at a flat rate of $900 dollars per 4-day service week and food will be billed at $500 dollars per 4-day service week.

How do I learn more?

WCC Regional Coordinators: WCC regions
  • North Puget Sound-King County:

    Liz Esikoff | 360-280-6708

  • North Puget Sound-Skagit, Whatcom, and Snohomish Counties:

    Nick Saling | 360-742-8761

  • Eastern/Central-Yakima, Chelan, Kittitas, Walla Walla and Spokane Counties:

    Roland McGill | 360-407-6077

  • Olympic-Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason Counties:

    Jason Ouellette | 360-407-7475

  • Southwest-Thurston, Pierce, and Clark Counties:

    Kevin Farrell | 360-407-7119