Head south for Conservation work.

VYCC’s and NCYCC’s Conservation Programs are experiences for youth and young adults who are interested in protecting our environment and improving outdoor recreation. We hire and train NCYCC crews to work in the great outdoors of North Carolina each summer. Participants learn how to complete a project that is physically and mentally demanding, gain communication and leadership skills through work and community activities, get to know people from different backgrounds, and learn to work in a team.

NCYCC Crew Member positions range in ages from 16-24, Crew Leader positions require at least 22 years of age for Leaders and 20 years of age for Assistant Crew Leaders.

Read more below.

Our Corps Leader and Member application for the 2018 season are now open! We will begin reviewing applications and interviewing January 1, 2018. 


In partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, VYCC fields conservation crews in North Carolina.

Members live in tents in a camp setting and work on high-priority conservation projects around the state of North Carolina. Crews live together for the entire session, and decide as a group how to spend their weekends.

Crews are co-ed and consist of up to eight Corps Members and two Crew Leaders who come together from all walks of life to build strong bonds with each other and the surrounding environment. They complete high-priority conservation projects such as trail building, bridge construction, habitat restoration, and park facility improvements.

Crews work with a variety of sponsoring agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, N.C. State Parks, local governments, and land trusts. These relationships expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with many professionals.

In addition to the projects, each workday holds many opportunities for building technical skills, exploring diverse perspectives during WoRD, gaining job and career building skills, and learning about the natural world. Corps Members develop leadership skills through a variety of hands-on activities.

Check back soon for 2018 program dates.

Compensation: These are jobs that pay $10.50 per hour, approximately 40 hours per week.

Eligibility: You must be a North Carolina resident and be between 16-24 years of age to apply.

Apply now!
We look forward to learning more about you.


Leading a crew is an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before! As a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model, you will be responsible for building a community, ensuring your crew’s health and safety, and teaching life and job skills. By professionally managing your work project and ensuring high-quality standards, you’ll stretch your comfort zones and bask in the sweet rewards that follow.

Crew Leaders lead Corps Members from all walks of life. We hire Corps Members of varied interests and talents, representing many social, economic, and geographical backgrounds. The combination of a diverse crew, excellent leaders, and high-priority conservation projects creates a dynamic and educationally rich experience.

Your season will begin with paid staff training during which we will focus on teaching both technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful leader at VYCC, while also drawing out your own strengths and enhancing your existing skills. You will use what you’ve learned to transform your crew from a varied group of strangers into a tight-knit community. It will not be easy, but leading a group of young people in the completion of a one mile trail reroute or stabilizing river banks will teach you and your crew lessons you will use for the rest of your lives.


North Carolina Crew Leader Dates:

Check back soon for 2018 program dates.

Crew Leader: Weekly salary of $500-$575; End of Season Completion Bonus – either $250 or $500, depending on crew type

Assistant Crew Leader: $350 weekly stipend and AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion

Eligibility/Crew Leader Requirements:

  • At least 22 years of age for Crew Leaders; at least 20 years of age for Assistant Crew Leaders.
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years.
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR or equivalent (Wilderness First Aid required for all Crew Leaders).

We are looking for adult leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and role models. Excellent leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success. The level of professionalism, motivation, and sense of community on the crew is a reflection of the strength of the crew’s leadership.

VYCC fills Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader positions on a rolling basis beginning as early as the fall that precedes the next season. Preference is given to early applicants.


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Thank you for your interest. We look forward to learning more about you!