OLYMPIA — The Department of Ecology has opened recruitment for 300 environmental positions across the state within the Washington Conservation Corps program.

“If you enjoy the outdoors, building new skills and assisting communities in need — all while  protecting the environment — nothing can rival the opportunities we offer in the WCC,” said program director Bridget Talebi.

WCC seeks young adults age 18 to 25, as well as Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and active-duty dependents with no age restrictions.

The field-based AmeriCorps positions offer young adults and military veterans hands-on opportunities to gain experience in environmental restoration, monitoring and research, local and national disaster response services, and education projects.

Serving on small crews, WCC members engage in a variety of habitat enhancement projects, including planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams, and improving trails.

Prior experience is not required. WCC prioritizes member training and enrichment opportunities throughout the 11-month service term. Members begin their new service terms on Oct. 7, 2019.

To apply, visit www.ecology.wa.gov/wcc.