Conservation Program - Community
Conservation Community Crews offer a summer job opportunity for people to make a positive impact by completing conservation projects in and around your community during an exciting four or seven week session!
Community Crews are co-ed and consist of up to ten Corps Members and two Crew Leaders who all live in the same community, yet come from all walks of life. Throughout the summer, your crew will come together as a team to work on conservation projects to enhance local natural areas in your community.
- Bridge construction at Starr Farm in Burlington
- Rain Garden construction in St. Albans
- Invasive species removal at Marsh Billings Rockefeller in Woodstock
- Trail construction on the Cross Vermont Trail in Montpelier
- Using innovative bio-engineering techniques to restore rivers and streams that have been negatively affected by erosion and pollution at Allen Brook in Williston
In addition to the projects, each work day holds many opportunities for building technical skills, exploring new places in your local community, and teaching and learning from others on your crew. Corps Members will also have the chance to develop their leadership skills among their peers, rotating through the role of “Crew Leader of the Day” as they take on additional responsibilities.
The typical work week for a Community Crew is Monday-Friday 7:45AM – 5:15PM. Every morning, the crew meets at a specific crew base and travels together in the crew van to that day’s worksite. Before lunch, each crew will break for WoRD, and will read, discuss and journal on a different article each day. This important educational opportunity is built into each work day for one hour. The work day also has time built in for snack breaks, lunch, activities or guest speakers. After the workday is over and all the tools are packed away in your crew’s trailer, the crew will return to the crew base, and everyone will travel home to rest up for the next day.