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.

Photo of Marc Duque installing a rain barrel

Marc Duque

Marc is originally from Indiana by way of Virginia and Texas. He spent four years in the US Navy as a Military Working Dog handler. Marc moved to Washington to train dogs and quickly fell in love with the natural beauty Washington has to offer. He has been working for the District since February and has been loving the opportunity to get his hands dirty and help out the earth a little. In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting and outdoor activities, whatever they may be.


Taylor Pesce

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.