All our Spike Crew Members live in tents in a camp setting and work on high-priority conservation projects around the state of Vermont. 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, watershed restoration, and historic building preservation.
Crews work with a variety of sponsoring agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and various local and national non-government conservation organizations. 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.
2018 Program Dates: We are offering two summer sessions, June 17-July 14 and July 22-August 18.
Compensation: These are jobs that pay $10.50 per hour, approximately 40 hours per week. Note: VYCC takes $60/week from compensation for room and board costs.
Eligibility: Crew Applicants must be between 15-24 years of age to apply (some crews have certain age ranges, so please make note). If you are under 18, you must be a resident of Vermont. Must provide transportation to and from Richmond, VT on first and last day of session.
Types of Spike Crews:
General Spike Crew:
We have a number of Spike Crews which work across the state on a range of projects including trail work, watershed protection, and more. We strive for all our crews to have a balance of social identities, especially gender identities.
Leadership Development Crew (LDC):
LDC Members are provided the opportunity to refine their leadership skills for future job position through this more advanced crew position. Like spike crews, members live in tents in a camp setting while working outdoors, but they also participate in a rigorous experiential leadership development curriculum that includes lessons on leadership theory, skills, and hands-on workshops that give members opportunities to explore their individual leadership styles. Crew members learn more advanced technical skills and are expected to practice more crew leadership with the support of their crew leaders. Note: LDC Crew Members must be ages 18-24. This is an 8-week crew.
All Female Spike Leadership Development Crew (FLDC):
The All-Female Spike Crew young people who identify as female the chance to explore the conservation field in an environment focused on support, encouragement, and empowerment. Because conservation and other technical trades traditionally have been dominated by men, studies have shown that all-female programs can be highly effective in building confidence in women and inspiring them to enter these technical arenas. The members of this crew will be pushed to explore and learn together, and will expand their comfort zones as they build projects and live in a camp setting. Corps Members will benefit from the mentorship of highly-trained female leaders, who will add a focus of empowerment, sharing, and support to the crews daily activities. Note: FLDC Crew Members must be ages 18-24.
American Sign Language (ASL) Crew:
This is an integrative Youth Corps experience for young people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. VYCC and partners develop an integrated, residential, work-immersion experience in-line with the VYCC’s traditional youth conservation program. This model pairs crew members who have hearing with those who are deaf or hard of hearing under the guidance of two leaders proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). Note: Crew Members must be ages 15-18.
We look forward to learning more about you.
What are Spike Crews?
Spike crews are modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, a government funded program for young adults before World War 2 that provided hands on training through conservation work on public lands. A “spike camp” is a secondary or temporary camp established by a forestry crew that was accessible from the main camp. These spike camps would make travel to work sites easier.