Meet the Crew
October 2016 marked the beginning of the new Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew year. The Snohomish Conservation District has been partnering with the WCC since 2013 to contract a 6 person crew to implement riparian restoration projects and construct rain gardens throughout Snohomish County.
The WCC is a state-wide job training program for young adults aging from 18-25, and military veterans of all ages, that provides hands on experience in the environmental field. These corps members are AmeriCorps volunteers that receive an education award upon finishing their year of service. They can either use this award to attend an accredited post-high school institution, or pay on their school loans if they have already completed a program.
These 6 corps members will be out in the wet, cold, and windy weather all winter planting several of the Snohomish Conservation Districts stream restoration projects. By the end of next September, they will have contributed to over 20 acres of riparian planting and invasive maintenance, as well as constructed 15-20 rain gardens throughout Snohomish County. The WCC is a great program for young adults interested in the environmental field, and the Snohomish Conservation District is proud to be partnering with them to accomplish its urban and habitat projects.
Ali Trout, Crew Supervisor
My name is Ali Trout. I grew up in Long Beach, CA and now I proudly live in Washington. I received a degree in environmental studies and GIS certification from the University of Pittsburgh. I enjoy plant identification and blazing my own trail. My favorite part about working with the SCD is all the smiles you get when you walk in the office. In my spare time I enjoy getting lost and finding new destinations and long bike rides.
Kelli Sheldan, Assistant Supervisor
My name is Kelli and this is my second year working on the SCD-WCC crew! I have a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and I am born and raised in Washington. In my free time I like to imitate animal calls and watch shows about Bigfoot.
Ren Arnold, Corps Member
I’m Ren Arnold. I graduated Glacier Peak High School class of 2016. I’ve been pursuing a career in the outdoors for most of my life and I got the amazing opportunity to join Ali Trout’s team with the Snohomish Conservation District. Cool fact about me is I went on a 21 day horse packing trip and broke NOLS world record for 125 miles through the rugged mountain terrain in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado during one of the worst storms.
Nathan Joiner, Corps Member
My name is Nathan Joiner. Born and raised in Everett. I’m a Washingtonian through and through. I learned to love and respect the outdoors through the Boy Scouts of America. I joined the WCC after hearing countless, great experiences from my WCC Alum roommates, and I am thrilled to be serving my second WCC term with the SCD!
Roxanne Pelton, Corps Member
My name is Roxanne Pelton. I grew up all across the west coast and recently graduated with a B.S. in physics from the University of Oregon. I moved back to Washington with my two reptiles for my first year with the WCC. In my free time I practice Aikido and I am learning urban farming.
Ethan Scott, Corps Member
My name is Ethan Scott, this year will be my first year long term as a crew member, and my first time on a restoration crew. I am passionate about life and find joy in learning from each and every experience that arises within and throughout. With love as my eternal guide I move forward in whatever direction brings me the most peace, love, harmony, and gratitude.