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Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) AmeriCorps Member (Multiple Openings)

Salary: Our members earn a living allowance of *$1,206 twice a month ($2,812 per month, pre-tax) plus education award described below.
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Number: 2024-SEAAmeriCorps
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Shorelands and Environmental Assistance
Opening Date: 04/01/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Agriculture / Parks and Recreation / Fire & EMS / Natural Resources / Wetlands / Grounds & Landscaping / Forestry
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The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program is recruiting Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) AmeriCorps Member positions. The WCC consists of three subprograms: the original Corps Program, Veteran Conservation Corps, and Puget Sound Corps.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to serve outdoors across Washington State, this position is for you! Our AmeriCorps Members serve on a crew of six (five corps members and one crew supervisor) or independently with partner organizations. WCC AmeriCorps Members gain hands-on environmental skills serving with over 90 partnering organizations across Washington State. Members serving 9 or 11-month terms also have the opportunity to develop their skills through a variety of certifications that WCC offers to both supervisors and members (e.g. Hazwoper, Pesticide Applicator, and Wilderness First Responder).

If you are interested in developing hands-on skills in the natural resource field while serving communities across Washington State, we encourage you to apply for this position.

The positions will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for summer enrollment is May 13, 2024.  Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees and AmeriCorps Members to create and sustain an environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

View more information about each position on our web map or click here to apply online: WCC Application.

Joining Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment.

A term of service in WCC allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state. In addition to a semi-monthly living allowance, we provide the following benefits:  

  • Health Insurance – All WCC members are offered a basic health insurance policy. WCC pays the monthly insurance premium. Members are eligible for WCC-offered insurance on their first day of service.
  • Member Assistance Program – All members are offered free, accessible, and high-quality mental health services. 
  • Three weeks of paid professional training for members serving 11 or 9 month terms in addition to day-to-day hands-on training in the field. Week-long training conferences require overnight travel.
  • Childcare and Food Assistance – Assistance is available to those who qualify through DSHS and / or the AmeriCorps Childcare Program.
  • GED Reimbursement – GED exam fee reimbursement is available for those who successfully pass the exam during their WCC term.

What will I earn?

  • Our members earn a living allowance of *$1,206 twice a month ($2,812 per month, pre-tax) plus education award described below. *Location-based elevated living allowance available for members with positions based in King, Snohomish, Clark, and Kitsap counties: $1,530 twice a month ($3,060 per month, before taxes).


Educational benefits:

  • The AmeriCorps Education Award (scholarship) is available to members upon completion of service term. For the 2023-2024 program year, our available terms and scholarship amounts are:
    1. Full-term positions (11 months / 1,700 hours): $6,895.00
    2. Three-quarter-term positions (nine months / 1,200 hours): $4,826.50
    3. Quarter-term positions (three months / 450 hours): $1,824.07
  • Forbearance is available on qualifying student loans. AmeriCorps will pay interest that accrues while serving in the WCC for eligible loans. Interest accrual is paid upon successful term completion. Forbearance is typically limited to government-backed student loans. Contact your lender to learn if your loan qualifies for National Service forbearance.

Student debt and how serving with Ecology can help
Members may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.


Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts




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The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program helps communities manage shorelands and wetlands. Our primary focus is on state and local responsibilities for administering Washington state and federally-delegated laws. Our mission is to work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests.

The SEA program’s Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) section is looking to fill AmeriCorps Member positions located across the State of Washington.

Please note: These positions work with Ecology employees but are not Ecology employees. They are AmeriCorps Members serving in an Ecology-sponsored program.

These are 3-month AmeriCorps positions with a duration of June 10, 2024 – September 5, 2024. Generally, the schedule will be Monday-Thursday 7 AM-5:30 PM but may change based on project requirements.

This posting will be used to fill vacancies in the following counties: Clallam, Grant, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom

The positions will serve with a crew of WCC AmeriCorps Members to complete natural resource assignments.

As an AmeriCorps Member, you may serve on the following projects:
  • Habitat Enhancement: environmental restoration, wetland mitigation, in-stream salmon recovery work, etc.
  • Recreational Enhancement: Campground upgrades and maintenance, front and back country trail construction and maintenance, boardwalk installation, etc.
  • Combination: Many WCC AmeriCorps members serve on both project types, depending on the season.
As a leading AmeriCorps program with a nationally recognized disaster response program, WCC’s AmeriCorps Members may serve on deployments to local and national disasters.

Duties typically include:
  • Using hand tools, such as shovels, hoes, rakes, hammers and axes.
  • Serving on steep inclines for long periods of time.
  • Walking several miles per day over rough terrain.
  • Lifting 60 pounds repetitively for long periods of time.
  • Operating small power tools, such as chain saws, weed-eaters, drills, augers, and more.
Working Conditions – this position may require:
  • Travelling overnight to accomplish assignments.
  • Serving in excess of 40 hours per week.
  • Serving in inclement weather.
  • Travelling over rough terrain and wilderness areas.
  • Lifting 60 pounds repetitively for extended periods of time.
  • Serving four (4) or eight (8) consecutive days in travel status.
  • Deploying to natural disaster areas in an emergency response capacity for up to 30 consecutive days.




Required Qualifications:

Desired Qualifications:

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

For more information about the Washington Conservation Corps, please visit the following: AmeriCorps member positions – Washington State Department of Ecology and Chapter 43.220 RCW: WASHINGTON CONSERVATION CORPS.  


View more information about each position on our web map or click here to apply online: WCC Application.


Supplemental Information


Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call our team at (360) 407-7248 or e-mail wccactivities@ecy.wa.gov

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if enrolled.
The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-7248. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


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