Washington Conservation Corps offering AmeriCorps service positions

The Washington Conservation Corps is seeking applicants for nearly 300 AmeriCorps service positions in 16 counties statewide.

The WCC, a program of the state Department of Ecology, completes environmental projects such as planting trees and vegetation, repairing stream and streamside habitat, constructing and upgrading trails, building fencing and providing environmental education.

The WCC also helps communities cope with natural disasters including storms, floods and fires, as well as recruiting and managing emergency-response volunteers. In 2012, members assisted with flood response near Ellensburg, wild-land firefighting near Entiat and marine debris cleanup along coastal beaches in southwest Washington, according to a press release.

A WCC member earns $9.04 an hour and receives a $5,550 AmeriCorps education award upon completing a service year. The award may be used for student loans or future tuition expenses.

Most members work in six-person crews, but the WCC also provides opportunities for individuals to serve with natural resource organizations throughout Washington.

The upcoming WCC AmeriCorps service year starts Oct. 1, 2012, and ends Sept. 19, 2013. Apply at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/memberpositions.html.

The ecology department is also recruiting up to 14 crew supervisor positions to manage new crew members in the field. Apply at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/supervisor.html.

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