Meet the Veteran Crew
The Snohomish Conservation District and the Veterans Conservation Corps are excited to partner to bring several internship opportunities to United States military veterans. This crew works with landowners on stormwater resource concerns within urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island, and occasionally in other parts of the Puget Sound region. The main task for this crew is the construction of rain gardens. Other tasks include building rain barrels and habitat restoration projects including planting native species and removing invasive non-native species.
Chris is our Veteran Crew Lead. He rejoins our team after working for two years as a member and assistant crew lead of our WCC Crew. Chris served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, as well as a teacher's certification. Chris has worked as a teacher, para-educator, and in construction.
"Having the opportunity to work on environmental projects has once again inspired me to help my community where the need is great. Leading the Veteran crew has brought me stability and joy, something I have been looking for ever since I left the military. This is the first job I have had that allows me to utilize my military training, education background, and construction experience."
Taylor joined the VCC June, 2017. He grew up in Lake Stevens before serving in the Marine Corps from 2003-2007. Afterwards he and wife, Kayla moved up, with there then two year son, to work for a commercial plumbing for a few years before being laid off. Then transition into the Boeing Company as a heavy structures mechanic for two years. Deciding that he needed a more meaningful career for himself, wife and now three kids, he used the post 9/11 GI bill and started attending Everett Community College to obtain his AA in environmental sciences with a certification in GIS, graduating in spring 2016. Before coming to VCC he volunteered at Skyline elementary having students read to him while also establishing a garden project for the schools teachers to use. Taylor is looking forward to making an impact in the internship program while also hoping to further his career in youth environmental education and stewardship programs.
Bio coming soon
Meet Steven Sykes. He's from Virginia, and he served in the National Guard. He's also been a CNA and helped people with Alzheimer's special care. He is married with two daughters and he has called Washington home for 16 years. He is pleased to be involved in giving back to this wonderful community and helping to provide lasting impact on the environment.