United States of America
EarthCorps' Corps Program is an intensive year-long training program that unites young adults (ages 18-25) from across the United States and around the world to learn skills in community building, habitat restoration, and leadership. EarthCorps program participants are part of a diverse group of emerging environmental leaders committed to teamwork, service, and personal growth.
WHAT PROGRAM AND POSITION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
EarthCorps has three Corps Programs: EarthCorps Crews, EarthCorps Volunteers, and EarthCorps Specialists. Take a look at the program overviews to see which one is the best fit for you!
EARTHCORPS CREW PROGRAM
EarthCorps Crew is EarthCorps’ signature Conservation Corps program! In the EarthCorps Crew program, you’ll be rolling up your sleeves to implement environmental restoration projects around Seattle and western Washington.
The heart of the crew experience is working side-by-side and building a close-knit crew of 6-7 AmeriCorps and international participants. Crews work, camp, and learn together through the daily process of performing environmental restoration. It takes a lot of hard work, sweat, and happens outdoors in all kinds of weather.
You’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects throughout the Puget Sound region, which may include invasive plant removal (both manual and through herbicide application), native plant installation, trail construction and maintenance, and stream and salmon habitat restoration. Projects take place in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings. Workdays are from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, including some weekends.
EarthCorps’ emphasis on service learning takes our conservation corps program to the next level. The EarthCorps Crew program devotes time to professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings that provide deeper context for the field work, as well as helping you explore your leadership potential. Topics include basic Pacific Northwest botany and ecology, environmental restoration theories and concepts, natural resource management, global environmental issues, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. You will also take part in two or three multi-day, off-site retreats.
There are three positions in the EarthCorps Crew Program:
AmeriCorps Crew Members (for U.S. residents)
The AmeriCorps crew member positions run February through December each year. In addition to a monthly stipend, AmeriCorps members can earn an AmeriCorps Education Award after completion of the full program. Occasionally, short term positions become available throughout the year.
International Crew Members (for non-U.S. residents)
The international crew member position is for non-U.S. residents to come and train in Seattle, Washington. It runs June through December each year. International crew members are sponsored by EarthCorps on a J-1 Trainee visa. EarthCorps charges no fees for international participants, however, participants are responsible for costs associated with applying for a visa and purchasing airfare to and from Seattle. International participants live with Host Families in Seattle who provide room and board and a glimpse into Pacific Northwest culture.
Crew Leader is an AmeriCorps position that provides young adults who have previous restoration experience an opportunity to refine their leadership and habitat restoration skills. Crew leaders spend their days in the field with their crew, where they are responsible for the facilitation of crew safety and well-being, productivity, morale, and quality of work. Additionally, crew leaders will be coordinating projects between clients, EarthCorps project managers, and their crew. EarthCorps has a reputation for quality, hard work, and safety, and you’ll be expected to motivate your crew to reflect that reputation and have fun.
Crew Leader position runs January through December is open to qualified individuals, both program alumni and outside applicants.
EARTHCORPS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
The EarthCorps Volunteer program is the branch of EarthCorps that engages the community in restoring our public lands. A team of five Volunteer Specialists, one Outreach Specialist, and three staff Project Managers lead 10,000 volunteers at more than 200 events each year!
At EarthCorps volunteer events, we see firsthand how the act of working side-by-side to restore public lands brings people together.
As a Volunteer Specialist or Outreach Specialist, you will participate in workshops including volunteer engagement, event planning and management, public speaking, and restoration best management practices.
Volunteer Specialist is an AmeriCorps position that provides an opportunity for young adults who have restoration or service experience. They will refine their leadership skills through facilitating service learning experiences for volunteers.
As a Volunteer Specialist, you will assist with all aspects of managing volunteer events, including: on site supervision and education of volunteers, maintenance of Volunteer Program tools and materials, and volunteer event planning. EarthCorps works with more than 10,000 volunteers over the course of a year, so as a volunteer specialist you’ll be the public face of EarthCorps.
Volunteer specialist position runs January through December and is open to qualified individuals, both program alumni and outside applicants.
Outreach Specialist is an AmeriCorps position that provides an opportunity for young adults who have restoration, service, or outreach experience. They will refine their leadership and communication skills through facilitating volunteer events and broadening EarthCorps’ reach to the community.
The Outreach Specialist spends about half their time in a field setting assisting volunteer events through on site supervision and education of volunteers; and about half their time in an office setting where they help recruit and maintain relationships with volunteers.
Outreach tasks include representing EarthCorps at various tabling events, assisting with social media, maintaining volunteer database, posting opportunities on various volunteer sites, and working with the Communications Manager to maintain consistent messaging about the organization and program. The Outreach Specialist works closely with Volunteer Specialists and participates in workshops with them.
Outreach specialist positions runs January through December and is open to qualified individuals, both program alumni and outside applicants.
EARTHCORPS SPECIALIST PROGRAM
The EarthCorps Specialist program is EarthCorps’ newest program! The EarthCorps Specialist Program provides opportunities for young adults who have extensive habitat restoration field work experience. EarthCorps specialists gain leadership practice in project coordination, implementation, and logistics.
Habitat Restoration Specialist
Habitat Restoration Specialist is an AmeriCorps position that plays a critical support role to our field service team by serving as a project assistant and occasional crew leader.
As a Habitat Restoration Specialists, you will work closely with a Project Manager to coordinate and implement restoration Projects. Often the Habitat Restoration Specialists serve as on-site project leaders for EarthCorps, assist with monitoring and data collection, and foster and encourage leadership development among EarthCorps Crew Members.
Habitat Restoration Specialist spend about 60% of their time in a field setting and participate in habitat restoration in all types of weather.
The Habitat Restoration Specialist positions runs January through December and is open to qualified individuals, both program alumni and outside applicants.
Restoration Logistics Specialist
Restoration Logistics Specialist is an AmeriCorps position that plays a critical support role to our field service team by ensuring that the habitat restoration crews have the tools and equipment necessary to accomplish project goals.
As a Restoration Logistics Specialist, you will work closely with the Logistics Project Manager. You will assist with the repairs and maintenance of hand tools, power tools, vehicles, and camp equipment, as well as purchasing food and materials in support of EarthCorps crews. Additionally, you will assist with coordinating and implementing habitat restoration projects and delivering materials to crews.
The Restoration Logistics Specialist spends about 50% of their time in a field setting and participates in habitat restoration in all types of weather.
The Restoration Logistics Specialist positions runs January through December and is open to qualified individuals, both program alumni and outside applicants.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
- Between 18-28 years old
- Experience in environmental field work and intercultural exchange
- Commitment to community service and previous experience in volunteer service
- No Criminal Record
- Conversational English
- 4 year college degree in the environmental field and 1 year of work experience in the environmental field*
- 5 years of work experience in the environmental field*
*Please note that EarthCorps is required by the US government to ensure that every applicant meets strict criteria in order to qualify for a US J-1 Trainee visa. You must have a university degree in an environmental field and/or environmental work experience to qualify.
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
EarthCorps international participants will receive:
- A Monthly Stipend
- Health Insurance
- Homestay Family
- A Public Transit pass for transportation around the Seattle area
EarthCorps charges no fees for international participants. However, there are costs involved in applying for a visa to participate in the program. Additionally participants are required to purchase a roundtrip ticket to and from Seattle before participating in the program. We are no longer able to offer airfare scholarships and recognize this is a change from past practices.