Earth Corps Global Leadership, USA

Deadline: 7 December 2012
Open to: international environmental organizations, international citizens (Non-U.S. Citizens)
Venue:  Seattle/King County, Washington (note: not Washington, DC), USA


The deadline has been extended to 7 December 2012!

EarthCorps is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 with a mission to build global community through local environmental service. As an AmeriCorps affiliate, EarthCorps provides one-year intensive programs for young adults (18-28) to learn best practices in conservation techniques and develop skills in leading volunteers (ages 8-80).
EarthCorps brings together emerging environmental leaders from around the world to participate in an environmental service program. EarthCorps programs focus on physical hands-on field service that includes:

  • Environmental restoration
  • Community building
  • Leadership

This is not a classroom or workshop – 80% of the program is in the field, in all weather conditions and requires participants to be very physical.


The following information is for:

International Environmental Organizations
• International Citizens (Non-U.S. Citizens)

Desired Qualifications:
• Between 18-28 years old
• Experience in environmental field work and intercultural exchange
• Commitment to community service and previous experience in volunteer service
* No Criminal Record
• Conversational English
• 4 year college degree in the environmental field and 1 year of work experience in the environmental field*
• 5 years of work experience in the environmental field*
*Please note that Earth Corps is required by the US government to ensure that every applicant meets strict criteria in order to qualify for a US J-1 Trainee visa. You must have a university degree in an environmental field and/or environmental work experience to qualify.


The position at EarthCorps that you are applying for is known as corps member. Corps members are part of a five-person team led by a Crew Leader. This team is made up of both US Americans and international participants. 80% of the EarthCorps experience is in the field with a crew five days a week, eight hours a day. This program involves a lot of hard, physical environmental restoration projects. Participants take part in environmental restoration projects, such as tree-planting, trail construction, stream restoration, and invasive plant removal. Projects are located throughout Washington State.The venue is Seattle/King County, Washington (note: not Washington, DC), USA.  For more information, please read here.

EarthCorps international participants will receive:
• a monthly stipend
• health insurance
• homestay family

EarthCorps charges no fees for international participants. Some financial assistance from EarthCorps may be available in the form of an airfare scholarship. Any scholarship will be provided in reimbursement form after participants arrive in Seattle. Scholarships are based upon several factors, including a participant’s financial need, and the total need for the entire incoming international group.


In addition to being referred by your organization via the EarthCorps Candidate Nomination form, qualified candidates must send the following documents to EarthCorps before being considered for this position:

Please send all application materials to: The application deadline for the 2013 program is 7 December 2012. There are a limited number of positions available, so submitting your application early is recommended to ensure consideration.

Application deadline: December 7, 2012
Participant selection: January 2013
Visa processing: February – May 2013
Travel confirmation: May 2013
EarthCorps Program start date: June 2013
EarthCorps Program graduation: mid-December 2013

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