The Seattle Conservation Corps, established in 1986, is a unique Seattle Parks and Recreation program that gives homeless adults opportunities to train and work in a structured program that provides them with job skills. It trains formerly troubled people for viable, living-wage jobs, provides them with the skills to succeed in a variety of environments and helps participants find employment after they successfully complete the program.
Program participants are contracted to do work for City departments in jobs such as watershed improvement, urban forest restoration, park upgrades, recycling and many others.
Recently, Conservation Corps members finished restoration of the east drainage channel at Licton Springs in the nick of time for the October rainstorms. Not only was the work beautifully done by Corps crews, but a functioning channel is key to preventing street floods in the neighborhood caused by storm events.