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Board of Directors Openings with

The Veterans' Ecological Trades Collective, (VETC, 501c3)



VETC exists to support veterans and allies in acquiring skills that launch or refine careers in

Conservation, Agriculture, Forestry and Ecological Design.


VETC will hold elections for new Board Members on November 16th of 2020.

The deadline for submission of Resume and LOI is 5:00PM, October 15th, 2020.

Interested? Contact Deston Denniston, ED, at

What is needed?

VETC is building a working board that will oversee business activities and offer advisory direction for programs and projects at our 120ac farm and south Salish Prairie conservation site in south Thurston County, Washington. Board members will provide 16hrs+ per month to committee, outreach work, and quarterly Board Meetings. As representatives of VETC at events, and to their personal and professional networks, board members will increase VETC capacity to enact its mission. Interested parties can expect to engage directly in VETC policy development, fiscal and financial health management, fundraising, and Outreach/PR work. This opportunity is intended for co-creators who demonstrate accountability, timeliness, clear and direct communication, and a commitment to putting Mission first. This is your opportunity to advance veterans’ entrepreneurial  careers, local food security, and regional natural resource conservation. It’s also an opportunity to have a great time while serving your neighbors and community.


About VETC:

VETC is a startup organization, founded in 2016 as a farmer veteran support group, and is now reforming as we move into our second year of property ownership. Our 120ac property consists of about 60ac of dry south Salish Prairie, 60ac of intermittent wetland and upland forest, and over 60Ksf of built space. The location is noted by WSDOT and several conservation non profits for its high density habitat corridor activity; the conservation values of VETC will be fully engaged at the site. Members of VETC are veterans and allies that have Completed a 72 hour Permaculture Design Certification, have started or intend to start a career in conservation, agriculture, forestry or ecological design, and made an application to VETC for membership. Our 120ac property is suited to multiple synergistic uses; we will work with members to bring a team of self starters to the site- to stay. We are currently developing easements which will keep this site in conservation and agriculture uses perpetually.



After email submission of Resume and LOI, prospective Board Members are asked to attend:  

1) October 6 1PM-11PM Fundraiser at McMenamins in Centralia (Covid phase permitting)

2) October 18 & 25 1:00PM-3:30PM Sunday Site Tour, VETC Property (Covid Phase rules apply)

3) November 7 1:00-4:00PM Participate in our VETC BOD Orientation (location/online TBA)

4) November 15 Attend VETC BOARD MEETING/ Election (location/online TBA)


What qualifies BOD applicants?

Board Members shall be veterans OR have a demonstrable association with veterans and veteran issues. They will possess two (2) of the professional skills as outlined below, evidenced by a business license and/or clear history of employment in a particular field, AND demonstrated ethical business dealings, including 3 professional references:


  • Non-Profit Management

  • Accounting or Bookkeeping

  • Governance/Policy: City, County, Tribal, State

  • Legal/Paralegal

  • Education & Workforce Development

  • Natural Sciences, Conservation, Agriculture, Forestry, or Ecological Design & Technical Work (ie, regenerative agriculture, or native landscaping)

  • Rural/Regional Design

  • Physics, Engineering, and Mechanics (including Smithery or Wright work)

  • Youth (K-12) Education & Programing

  • Food Systems

  • Grant Writing

  • Program Development & Management

  • Green Architecture and/or Natural Building Contracting

  • Veteran Service Officers

  • PR/Online Social Media

  • Medical Professionals


Officers will be elected by the Board, and work directly with VETC’s Executive Director to ensure mission critical goals and objectives are identified and met. Officers shall be prior active-duty service members, family members of such, or show a clear history of professional service to veterans.


Why would you give VETC 16+ hours a month?


This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a non profit which holds assets worth over $1.5M and bears no encumbrances. Our Mission advances veterans entrepreneurial careers, local food security, and regional conservation. This is no vague promise: we are already working with partners such as Enterprise for Equity, GRuB, the Thurston Conservation District, Conservation Northwest, and Center for Natural Lands Management, to develop stewardship goals and programs that will conserve land for endangered species such as the Mazama Pocket Gopher and provide habitat for our much diminished regional elk herd while building local Food Systems resilience. Our site building infrastructure, at over 60,000sf, will, once refurbished, be able to provide professional offices to partners and entrepreneurs, classrooms, technical shops and more.The work you dedicate to VETC as a volunteer Board Member will reinforce and build stable economic production capacity and resiliency into our local communities of Rochester, Grand Mound, and Tenino. You will have personal satisfaction in watching veterans create businesses which are supported in thriving. There will also be Barbecues; we will share meals as a community, enjoy one another's company, and build a common and actionable vision for our future. It will also be a great big bunch of fun!

Who We Are

VETS_CAFE is a registered Trademark used under agreement with VETC (501(c)3) for promotional purposes.  VETS_CAFE works as a leader in regenerative farm design, conservation & consulting. VETC conservation, agriculture, forestry, and ecology training programs work with teams of veterans and allies to design, build, and enjoy community conservation and agriculture projects and veteran farms. VETC's vision is of a network of local and regional farms and farmers who stabilize regional food systems.

Snail mail us at:


c/o 608 S Silver

Centralia WA 98531

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