Washington Conservation Corps Member

Washington State Department of Ecology   Yakima, WA   Full-time     Other
Posted on July 14, 2022
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Improve habitat for fish and wildlife, serve outdoors, and gain hands-on environmental skills by joining the Washington Conservation Corps! We are now recruiting AmeriCorps members on our crews statewide, including 21 positions in Yakima and Ellensburg. With over 280 field crew and Individual Placement opportunities, we offer a wide range of exciting, valuable opportunities in the environmental field.

Serving on a WCC crew means spending your days outdoors, in all types of weather, accomplishing projects that restore and enhance landscapes across Washington. Crew members serve on a crew of five AmeriCorps members, along with an experienced crew supervisor who provides training, mentorship, and development opportunities.

Daily activities may range from planting trees and shrubs, to using hand and power tools, to building trails, bridges, boardwalks, to gaining hands-on skills trainings, and more. Our field crews are located across the state, focusing on every aspect of environmental restoration and trail enhancement. From backcountry trail crews to urban restoration crews - we have an opportunity for you!

WCC prioritizes physical and emotional safety, and provides training for all field activities. Physical distancing is encouraged and daily health screenings for members and staff are required as we continue to support the health and safety of our program and communities we serve amidst COVID-19. WCC-provided KN95 masks may be required under certain conditions such as serving with volunteers.

Qualifications: Must be 18-25 years old, with exceptions for those with military service or mental or sensory disabilities. Preference is given to Washington state residents. Successful applicants will be required to verify their vaccination record or seek a medical or religious exemption for the 22-23 service term.

AmeriCorps Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident Alien

Pay: Members earn a living allowance of $1,253 twice a month ($2,506 per month) and receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,495 (scholarship) upon successful completion of 11-month contract (and 1700 hours). Educational loan forbearance is available. Basic healthcare offered by WCC.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Start date: October 3, 2022

End date: September 7, 2023