The Department of Ecology’s AmeriCorps program, called Washington Conservation Corps, is looking to fill 300 environmental positions across the state. In these positions, young adults and military veterans will work to protect local environmental interests and alleviate the effects of natural disasters in threatened communities.

Beginning October 2018, the new hires will work for 11 months in environmental restoration, education projects or disaster response services. Since AmeriCorps was first formed in 1994, over a million members have provided more than 1.4 billion hours of service across the country.

In the past, WCC members have assisted communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. In Washington state, members worked to prepare for spring flooding in Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties. Other typical WCC projects include planting native species along rivers and streams and building bridges and backcountry trails.

“Service in the WCC is a great launching point for environmental careers and it is a joy watching our members grow into skilled, confident leaders,” WCC Program Director Nick Mott said in a statement. “Our program offers valuable training and crucial field experience, and graduating members become highly desirable candidates for government entities and non-profit organizations looking for experienced, dedicated employees with a passion for environmental stewardship.”

Participation in the WCC provides employees with career experience as well as a $5,920 AmeriCorps Education Award. Other benefits for full-time workers include education loan forbearance, interest payments, and health insurance.

Applications are now open on the WCC website.