Want to work in the woods? Help clean up Washington’s waters? WCC Puget Sound Corps has 300 openings for students and veterans

WCC Puget Sound Corps crews at Indian Island
WCC Puget Sound Corps crews help remove creosote debris on Indian Island. Photo: Toni Droscher/DNR

Picture yourself spending a year in the great outdoors restoring a wetland or estuary, building a new trail or bridge, getting rid of invasive species, or helping with disaster relief.

Now, picture yourself at the end of that year receiving an education award to help with tuition costs.

Sound too good to be true?

It can all be yours if you are a student, age 18 to 25, or a military veteran. The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) has openings for 300 positions in 16 counties across the state, many of which are on DNR-managed lands. Some of these positions are with the WCC Puget SoundCorps, formed in 2011 to carry out the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

The upcoming WCC AmeriCorps service year starts Oct. 1, 2012 and ends Sept. 19, 2013.

WCC Puget SoundCorps members earn $9.04 an hour and receive a $5,550 AmeriCorps education award upon completing their service year. The award may be used for student loans or future tuition expenses.

WCC is also recruiting for up to 14 supervisors to manage the crews out in the field.

Learn more.

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