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 Rodriguez

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."


Sara Rocero

Hello everyone! My name is Sara Rocero. I served in the United States Air Force for five years and was stationed in Dover, Delaware. Afterwards, I moved back to Washington where I sought to further my academic career. Last year, I earned a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Restoration Ecology from University of Washington Bothell. I then started working for King County Department of Natural Resource & Parks as a Farmland Data Specialist, surveying and mapping agriculture land use and infrastructure throughout King County. Iā€™m an avid birder, which makes working outside even more enjoyable. In the near future, I hope to attend graduate school and to keep working in the environmental field.