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Join the Corps (U.S. Applicants)

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 is it really like to be a corps member?
Check out our Day in the Life video.

Positions with the Corps:
*Applicants from outside the U.S. should read our International applicants page.
Corpsmember
Crew Leader
Volunteer Specialist


CORPS MEMBER
Corps members spend 80% of their time in the field on a crew of 6-7 young adults performing environmental restoration. A crew leader guides the crew as they complete restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region (in urban, suburban, and rural settings). Restoration is physically demanding work that takes place outdoors in all weather conditions. Projects can include stream and salmon habitat restoration, erosion control, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, trail construction and maintenance, and volunteer management. Workdays are from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, and many volunteer events are held on weekends.

Corps members spend 20% of their time in classes, workshops, and field trainings as part of EarthCorps' workshop program. Workshops mirror the learning goals of the EarthCorps experience, with topics covering basic botany and ecology of the Pacific Northwest, environmental restoration theories and concepts, topics in natural resource management and global environmental issues, leadership skills, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. The program includes three or four multi-day, off-site retreats.

Corps member Term of Service & Benefits:
• Living stipend of $1150 per month
• $5,550 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of 1,700 hours of service for qualifying participants (awarded at end of program)
• Paid vacation and accrued sick leave
• Health insurance coverage for participants
• No housing provided for U.S. participants

Corps member Opportunities:
Corps member positions typically run from February through December (10.5 months) each year. Occasionally, shorter-term positions become available throughout the year, depending on the needs of our project staff. EarthCorps is currently hiring for a 6.5 month corps member position to begin June 2nd 2014. Visit: http://www.earthcorps.org/hiring.php?articleId=841 for the full position description.

How to apply to become a Corps member:
To be considered for a corps member position, please visit http://apply.earthcorps.org/ to complete an online application.

Application deadline:
Applications for our June-December Corps Member Position are due May 2nd. Early applications are encouraged. For future recruitment please email applyearthcorps.org to receive email announcements for job openings.


CREW LEADER
Crew leader positions provide the opportunity for talented, young restoration professionals to refine their leadership skills. The crew leader position involves project coordination between project sponsors, EarthCorps project managers, the Field Operations Director, and their crew; facilitation of crew safety and well-being, productivity, morale and quality of work; corps member training and education in the field; and, maintaining the objectives of EarthCorps in all endeavors. Crew leaders are typically selected from among program alumni or extremely qualified outside applicants.

Crew Leader Opportunities:
EarthCorps is currently hiring for Crew Leaders to begin mid-May. Visit http://www.earthcorps.org/hiring.php?articleId=872 for the full position description.

How to apply to become a Crew Leader:
To be considered for a crew leader position, please visit http://apply.earthcorps.org/ to complete an online application.

Application deadline:
Applications for our June-December Crew Leader Position are due April 4th. Early applications are encouraged.


VOLUNTEER SPECIALIST
Volunteer specialist positions at EarthCorps provide the opportunity for talented, young adults to refine their leadership and volunteer management skills. This position will assist in all aspects of managing volunteer and youth outreach events. Service will include volunteer event planning, on-site supervision of volunteers, creating and leading environmental education activities for youth and adults, and maintenance of Volunteer Program tools and materials. Volunteer specialists are typically selected from among program alumni or extremely qualified outside applicants.

Volunteer Specialist Opportunities:
Volunteer specialist positions typically run from January through December each year. Recruitment for the 2014 Volunteer Specialist position is now closed. Check back in the summer for information about recruitment for the 2015 corps or email applyearthcorps.org to receive email announcements for job openings.

Click here to meet some EarthCorps alumni!