Partner with the Washington Conservation Corps

Our field crews and Individual Placement members complete habitat restoration and trail improvement projects for a diverse network of more than 100 federal, local, state, and nonprofit partners. We offer our services at a reduced rate by sharing costs with partner organizations.

Partner applications open annually in the winter. In the spring, we review applications and select projects for our upcoming AmeriCorps service year, which runs October through early September. 

Applications for projects in our 2024-2025 AmeriCorps service year (October 2024 through September 2025) are closed.

Field crews

WCC field crews support your organization on projects that physically improve the natural environment or expand recreational opportunities for the public.

Individual Placements

WCC Individual Placement (IP) members serve individually within your organization to support volunteer recruitment, environmental education, environmental research, and project management. Partner organizations recruit and select their IP member.

Environmental Justice program

Our Environmental Justice program provides field crew support on environmental restoration and outdoor recreation enhancement projects that advance environmental justice goals — at no cost to the partner organization.

Environmental Justice program partners must provide project direction and oversight, materials (project supplies such as much or plants), and any necessary permits. Individual Placement positions cannot be funded through the Environmental Justice program.

Eligible partners

WCC considers applications from registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits and governmental organizations, including tribal governments. State and federal agencies are not elgible for our Environmental Justice program.

Eligible field crew projects

WCC field crews supports projects that physically improve the natural environment or expand recreational opportunities for the public.Crew projects may include:

  • Instream 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

WCC crews serve from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with the option for extended schedules up to eight days for remote or backcountry projects. A fullterm field crew serves up to 164 days with a partner during WCC's program year (October through early September).

Eligible Individual Placement projects

Individual Placement (IP) members serve individually with a partner organization. IP member activities must support environmental monitoring or research, environmental education, volunteer leadership, environmental restoration, or outdoor recreation enhancement. IP projects may include:

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

IP positions are 11-month terms (October through early September), and members serve 40-hours over four or five days each week.

Through our cost-share model, WCC and partners work together to complete environmental projects while providing members with a meaningful service experience.

Partner oganizations 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 meetup location for crew, including workspace for supervisors and for sponsors hosting a crew all-service year
  • Project diversity to support well-rounded WCC member experience
  • Specialized tools, including equipment rental and personal protective equipment, when required

WCC provides:

  • Recruitment, enrollment, evaluation, and supervision of AmeriCorps members
  • Administrative services (we issue paychecks and benefits for WCC members)
  • Formal training including at least 12 days of professional development for members
  • Cost-share from state funding and an AmeriCorps grant
  • Regular check-ins and support from WCC regional coordinator

For crews, WCC also provides:

  • One six-person crew that includes five AmeriCorps members and a WCC crew supervisor 
  • Crew-cab vehicle with an extended bed
  • A basic compliment of hand tools and some power equipment (limited chainsaws and/or brush cutters)

For Individual Placements, WCC also provides:

  • One AmeriCorps IP member for 11months
  • Gloves and rain gear, as needed

WCC regional coordinators

North Puget Sound
Vanessa Lott

King County (Renton and Redmond)
Liz Esikoff

King and Snohomish counties (Issaquah, Kirkland, and Snoqualmie)
Julia Banzai

Eastern and Central Washington
Joe Hall

Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas
Owen French

Southwest Washington
Jason Ouellette