Partner with the Washington Conservation Corps

Our AmeriCorps crews and Individual Placements (IPs) complete projects for our partners that include a diverse network of more than 100 federal, local, state, and non-profit organizations. We offer our services at a cost-share rate. This means that your organization will pay 75 percent of the costs of a six-person crew or an 11-month IP.

Project requests for 2022-2023

We accept WCC project applications annually in the spring. In April and May 2022, we reviewed applications and selected projects for our 2022-2023 AmeriCorps service year (October 2022 through September 2023). 

During the rest of the year, limited time may be available in our crews' schedules. Prospective partners can view our application online and contact a regional coordinator to learn more.

Request a project for our environmental justice pilot

Projects completed through this pilot will advance environmental justice goals. Partners funded through our environmental justice pilot would provide:

  • Project direction and oversight
  • Materials (project supplies such as mulch or plants)
  • Permits or licenses

To apply for our environmental justice pilot, partners can complete the regular WCC project application including supplemental questions specific to the environmental justice pilot.

Eligible partners and activities for environmental justice pilot:

Non-profit or governmental organizations and Tribal governments are eligible for this pilot. State and federal agencies are not eligible.

In our application scoring process, we prioritize projects proposed by organizations that have not partnered with our WCC in recent years. For organizations that already partner with our WCC, we will only consider new projects (funding cannot be used to replace existing WCC projects).

Learn more about Ecology's work to advance environmental justice in Washington.

Is my organization eligible to apply for a project?

WCC considers applications from partners who are non-profit or governmental organizations and Tribal governments. Non-profits must be a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

What types of projects are eligible?

Crew projects:

WCC crew projects physically improve the natural environment or expand recreational opportunities for the public. Activities may include:

  • In-stream large woody debris placement, bank stabilization, or fish barrier removal
  • Livestock exclusionary fence construction
  • Manual and chemical invasive species suppression and removal
  • Native species installation and maintenance
  • Trail, boardwalk, bridge, and infrastructure improvements such as campgrounds and picnic shelters
  • Wetland creation or restoration
  • Wildlife structure installation
  • Wildland fire mitigation, including thinning and fuels reduction

To complete these projects, WCC crews typically serve the following schedule: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our crews can serve on extended schedules lasting up to eight days for remote or backcountry projects.

Individual Placement projects:

An Individual Placement (IP) serves individually within a host site organization. IP member activities support environmental monitoring or research, environmental education, volunteer leadership, physically improve the environment, and expand recreational opportunities for the public. Activities may include:

  • Designing and conducting restoration projects
  • Performing environmental monitoring and data collection
  • Supporting environmental research through data analysis
  • Leading volunteers on environmental projects
  • Designing outreach material to recruit volunteers or support education programs
  • Teaching children and adults

What is my organization expected to provide?

  • Cash matching funds 
  • Timely processing and payment of monthly invoices
  • Site orientation and project-specific guidance at the start of new projects
  • Required permits and licenses for projects, as applicable
  • Single point of contact for WCC coordination
  • Feedback on WCC-supported projects through WCC-provided survey 
  • Secure meet-up location for crew (including work space for Supervisors, for sponsors hosting a crew all year)
  • Project diversity to support well-rounded WCC member experience
  • Specialized tools (including equipment rental and personal protective equipment when required)
  • Desk and regular access to email and phone (for Individual Placement members)

What does WCC provide?

For all WCC projects, we provide:

  • Recruitment, enrollment, evaluation, and supervision of AmeriCorps members
  • Administrative services (Ecology issues paychecks and benefits for WCC members)
  • Training for members and crew supervisors, including at least 12 days of professional training for members
  • Cost-share structure from Ecology's state funding and an AmeriCorps grant
  • Regular check-ins and support from WCC Regional Coordinator

For crews, we provide:

  • One six-person crew of five AmeriCorps members and a WCC Crew Supervisor 
  • Extended cab vehicle
  • Some power equipment (limited chainsaws and/or brushcutters)
  • Basic compliment of hand tools for crew to support projects

For IP host organizations, we provide:

  • One AmeriCorps member for 11 months
  • Gloves and rain gear as needed for field-based IP members

WCC Regional Coordinators

North Puget Sound
Vanessa Lott

King County (Renton and Redmond)
Liz Esikoff

King and Snohomish Counties (Issaquah, Kirkland, and Snoqualmie)
Josiah Downey

Eastern / Central Washington
Joe Hall

Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas
Owen French

Southwest Washington
Jason Ouellette

Individual Placements (statewide)
Rachel Wendling