The Washington Conservation Corps is a service and training program for young adults dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Washington State.
Vegetation planting, maintenance, fencing projects, habitat restoration efforts and riparian improvements occur each year within the North Yakima Conservation District area. The Washington Conservation Corps under contract with the North Yakima Conservation District performs much of the on the ground work.
I grew up in Issaquah, WA. I attended Western Washington University. I majored in environmental education. After college I worked at the Seattle Aquarium as a marine science interpreter. I gave formal presentations about marine life and supervised adult volunteers. After that I moved to Running Springs, CA to work at an outdoor education camp. I worked as an instructor leading a variety of activities including night hikes, wilderness survival skills, zip line and ropes course. I then moved to Great Basin National Park for a summer to work as an interpretive ranger. I led cave tours, trail hikes and worked in the visitor center. Once the summer was over I moved back to Washington and worked as a WCC corps member on a restoration crew out of Puyallup. I went on disaster response to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands to help clean up after hurricanes Irma and Maria. In June I moved here to Yakima to become the new WCC supervisor for the North Yakima Conservation District. I love being outside and am very passionate about restoration work.
Hello my name is Clairissa De La Vergne, or Clair for short. I was born and raised in the Leavenworth, WA area. I went to college at Central Washington University and graduated with Bachelor’s of Science degrees in geology and biology. I love the environmental and ecological sides of both of these majors and how they work with each other. I love the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) because it is giving me the hands on training and experience for a permanent position in the future. With WCC I have been a crew member for 1 and a half years and was promoted to Assistant Supervisor this year. I plan on learning more leadership skills, being motivating and collaborating as a team. After WCC I plan on getting a permanent position using geomorphology and or natural resources in whatever I might do.
I’m Ryan, I started with the WCC in October of 2019 and have enjoyed working on the variety of projects since then. I am excited to learn more about native habitats and about conservation efforts in our area and to help implement those plans into place to better the environment around me. I plan to use my time with the WCC to further my knowledge of native plant species and conservation strategies so that I can implement those when I run my own self-sustaining ranch.
Hi there, I’m Emma Olney. I was raised in Yakima and recently returned after graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science. I enjoy being a part of WCC and working on diverse projects throughout the community. My favorite projects so far have been planting native plants for riparian restoration, salvaging lamprey and helping ranchers install water troughs for cattle. Outside of work, I enjoy snowball fights, swing dancing and board games. After my time with the WCC I hope to go back to school for a Master’s in Environmental Science or Botany to study plant communication!
I was born in Ontario Oregon and moved to Boise, Idaho soon after. I Lived in Boise for a majority of my life where I participated in multiple community service programs and was a member of a local 4-H club. Through my 4-H club I learned about livestock and showed market sheep for 7 years. Thereafter, I traveled to New Hampshire to attend a minor seminary and high school. Once I graduated I came to Washington to attend Central Washington University. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Environmental Science, and I’m considering pursuing more education in the future. I’m passionate about the environment, specifically, fish habitat and the importance of fisheries. Through WCC and the North Yakima Conservation District I plan to serve my community and the environment through restoration and create a better future for those to come.