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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 521E
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is an environmental training and development program whose mission is to provide young adults of Washington State with meaningful work experience and training opportunities while completing cleanup and rehabilitation of Puget Sound ecosystems, salmon recovery for the State, recreational improvement and environmental enhancement projects for local, state and federal organizations. The WCC is also part of state and national emergency response networks responding quickly to emergencies including flood, wildfire and spill response.


In the Department of Ecology, supervises a crew of Washington Conservation Corps members performing a variety of work assignments related to environmental enhancement and sustainability, ecosystem rehabilitation, emergency response for disasters including wildfire, flood, and spill response. The WCC Crew Supervisor 1 manages the projects, trains, mentors and ensures the safety of the crew members and acts as the program contact with partner agencies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level perform professional journey level duties. The WCC Supervisor 1 reviews projects, selects and hires members, assigns duties, monitors productivity, provides day-to-day guidance, or direction regarding work methods and procedures and determines priorities and provides guidance regarding participation in the national Conservation Corp program.

Typical Work

Supervise and mentor a crew of WCC members;

Mentor WCC crew members by providing guidance and to effectively work as a team in challenging and physically demanding work environments;

Manage the completion of assigned projects, including communications, assignment of individual tasks for WCC members and ensure work is performed to meet project specifications and standards;

Represent the agency, WCC, and AmeriCorps in interactions with the members of the public and media;

Perform on-site safety assessment, determine necessary precautions, and create safety plans. Ensures compliance with agency and WCC safety policies and procedures;

Train crew members in the safe operation and maintenance of small power tools, chain saws, weed-eaters, drills, augers, laser transits, and hand tools such as shovels, hoes, rakes, hammers and axes;

Develop, plan, and monitor projects to complete cleanup and rehabilitation of Puget Sound ecosystems, salmon recovery for the State, and recreational and environmental enhancement projects for local, state and federal organizations;

Plan for hiring needs, organize and conduct interviews, and make selection of potential corps members; 

Make recommendations to management for matters related to disciplinary action, including termination;

Complete and review time sheets, travel logs, credit card logs, safety reports, AmeriCorps documentation, and production reports;

Inventory, maintain, and monitor the use of project materials. Responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of assigned equipment and vehicles;

Respond quickly to disasters including floods, wildfires, landslides, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, and spill response which may require overnight travel and long periods of assignments to a temporary duty station that is not within a 30 mile radius of permanent work station;

Complete damage assessments, coordinate volunteer centers at disasters, clear debris, assist with fire camp operations, fight wildfires, initiate damaged home rehabilitation, and hazardous spill cleanup.

Knowledge and Abilities

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

An Associate’s degree in Environmental Science or Studies, Forestry, or closely related field, and one year of experience as a WCC crew member or work that includes emergency response to natural disasters, hazardous spills, firefighting, and/or habitat restoration.


Satisfactory completion of a two-year Forest Technology Vocational Program and one year of WCC field experience.


Three years of experience equivalent to WCC field work, young adult mentorship, or leadership.

Qualifying military experience can substitute, year for year, for field experience.

Class Specification History

New class Effective June 14, 1985 (emergency basis; permanent basis July 12, 1985).
New class code: (formerly 37000) effective July 1, 2007.
Salary adjustment; revised definition, typical work, desirable qualifications; added class series concept, distinguishing characteristics, title change adopted June 30, 2017; effective July 1, 2017; previously WCC Crew Supervisor, previously range 33.