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 am a native of Western Washington, specifically Bonney Lake. I attended Central Washington University where I studied accounting and exercise science. After college I stumbled upon the Washington Conservation Corps where I fulfilled my 2 year Americorps commitment, the last year as an Assistant Supervisor then acting supervisor when my supervisor left. The WCC and I parted ways for a brief moment but then an opportunity came up which allowed me to return as a Supervisor for the North Yakima Conservation District. I have since fallen in love with Eastern Washington as well as the natural resource field and have no desire to leave anytime soon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking and playing board games. My time is also occupied by my very affectionate dog Olaf, who I suspect might die if he doesn’t have a hand on him at any given moment.
I’m Samuel Sanchez and I was born in Denver, Colorado. I came to Yakima, Washington at the age of 9 with 3 sisters at the time and my grandparents as the guardians at the time and now with 3 more sisters. I’m the only and oldest brother and love my family. My favorite hobbies would be involved with the community of Yakima, Washington and other cities. I help out with my church Breakthrough, a youth homeless resource called Rod’s House, and optional with the department of ecology’s and WCC’s outreach opportunities. What I like about working with the Washington Conservation Corps is in the summer, my supervisor would request me and my crew to outreach youth adults and students on the opportunity I pursue on and enjoyed. I would recommend this to those that don’t know what to do after high school with a diploma or GED, and can’t find a career. Outreach makes me feel like a better person and helps them have a better vision on their future.
My name is Epifanio Galindo, I was born in Mexico and now I live in Yakima. I graduated from Washington State University with a bachelors in Mathematics and will most likely get my Masters when I turn thirty. My hobbies include playing soccer and watching tv. I really enjoy being part of Washington Conservation Corps because I get to cut trees. I also enjoy this program (WCC) because I have learned so much stuff that I will be able to use in the future. I also like all my coworkers, they are excellent workers and are helpful as well.
Hi, I’m Lauren Weston from Northampton, Massachusetts. I moved to Yakima for the Washington Conservation Corps because of my interest in environmental restoration and conservation. I have a B.S. in Engineering Science with a minor in African Studies from Smith College in 2015. Prior to joining the WCC, I spent time living and working in Uganda and then working for a civil engineering firm in Massachusetts. I enjoy playing basketball, running, skiing, and hiking. During my year in the WCC, I’ve been busy traveling and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I aim to work in international development for sustainable clean water after spending a few more years gaining engineering skills in the US. I’ve enjoyed networking with conservation professionals and being a part of a wide range of environmental projects around Washington as a WCC Corpsmember.
My name is Alexandra Terjeson, but everyone calls me Allie. I moved to Yakima from Seattle. It is nice to see the sun again. I graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. I enjoy being outside; hiking, camping, swimming, bon fires, gardening and learning about plants are some of my favorite things to do. Working for the WCC has been great; I get to be outside all day, every day, and I have had the opportunity to learn about native plants, and the local environment. Aside from the outdoors, I also enjoy painting, drawing, reading, cooking and eating.
My name is Kody Bixler and I was born in Yakima, Washington. I lived in Selah most of my life and graduated from Selah High School in 2013. I did two years at YVCC pursuing a Associates degree. I joined the WCC in 2015 and have loved almost every minute of it. I’ve been on two WCC deployments, one to Missouri and one in Louisiana for flood disaster response. I enjoy spending most of my free time in the mountains, I am an avid hunter, fisherman and high country enthusiast. I love hiking and setting up trail cameras in different locations to see what animals are in the area. I also love spending time with family which I have a lot of, most of which live in Washington. I love learning and training in anything medical or environmental. I am certified in CPR/First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Hazwoper, Swiftwater Rescue and Safety Ropes, I also have my Red Card to fight wildfire. Lastly I love cooking and eating different types of recipes.