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EarthCorps - Corpsmember Jan.-Dec. 2014
Since 1993, EarthCorps has been working to create global community through local environmental service. Our conservation and education efforts focus on three key areas:
Each year, 11,000 volunteers participate in environmental restoration projects led by EarthCorps. We partner with government agencies, foundations, community organizations, businesses and schools. EarthCorps is committed to working on projects that engage and benefit underserved communities.
EarthCorps works to restore the environment, improve air and water quality and ensure that local residents can enjoy safe, low-impact access to natural areas in urban, suburban and rural settings.
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.
Corpsmembers 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.
Corpsmembers spend 20% of their time in classes, workshops, and field trainings as part of EarthCorps' education program. Education sessions mirror the learning goals of the EarthCorps experience, with curriculum 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.