Serve outdoors on a WCC field crew

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) status update

To support the state’s response to COVID-19, WCC field activities are partially suspended statewide. Visit the Washington State Department of Health website for the latest information, guidance, and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19). See more information on the statewide COVID-19 site.

Our Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews consist of five AmeriCorps members led by a crew supervisor. We have three crew types: restoration, trail, and spike. Our restoration crews improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Trail crews complete recreational projects on public lands. Spike crews travel around the state to complete short-term restoration or recreation projects for our partner agencies and organizations.


Our restoration crews serve on public lands to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Typical projects include:

  • Planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams
  • Removing invasive species
  • Implementing erosion control techniques
  • Participating in salmon recovery projects
  • Establishing in-stream structures and channels
  • Constructing livestock exclusionary fencing
  • Collecting marine debris from coastal beaches

Want to apply to a WCC restoration crew? Check out our member positions page for recruitment status and more.

Spike crews travel around the state to complete short-term projects for our partner agencies and organizations. For this reason, spike crew projects vary monthly and even weekly, and involve a wide variety of different types of projects. These crews have a designated meet-up location, and travel to the project location together in a WCC truck.

Depending on the project, typical weeks are either four-day spikes (Monday - Thursday) or eight-day spikes (Thursday - Thursday).

Projects may include:

  • Restoration
  • Trail improvements
  • Construction
  • Fencing

Want to apply to a WCC spike crew? Check out our member positions page for recruitment status and more.

Typical trail crew projects involve:

  • Constructing or improving recreational trails
  • Building bridges and boardwalks
  • Upgrading and maintaining campgrounds
  • Installing environmental education facilities
WCC trail crews collaborate with state and national parks, and sometimes city parks as well. When weather or access prevents trail projects, these crews support restoration projects instead. 

Note on back country projects: These crews have a designated meet up location. From there, crews will travel to the project location in a WCC truck, and often hike several miles to establish camp where they stay for four to eight days at a time (WCC calls these 'spikes'). Back country trail projects occur throughout the spring and summer, weather permitting, and typically involve a heavy amount of camping. These are rigorous assignments, so please be sure you are up to the challenge before applying to one of these crews.

Want to apply to a WCC trail crew? Check out our member positions page for recruitment status and more.