Roll up your sleeves and make a difference.

VYCC’s  and NCYCC’s Conservation Program is an experience for youth and young adults who are interested in protecting our environment and improving outdoor recreation. 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. There are several positions that fall within our Conservation Crews:

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.

Dates:
We are offering two 4-week sessions in 2017:
Saturday, June 17 to Saturday, July 15
Saturday, July 22 to Saturday, August 19

This is a paying job: $10 per hour, approximately 40 hours per week.
Applicants must be between 15-24 years of age to apply. If you are under 18, you must be a resident of Vermont.

Specialized Crew Types
Leadership Development Crew:
Leadership Development Crew 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. Join us for an 8 week session – June 17 – Aug 19

All Female Spike Crew:
The All-Female Spike Crew offers 15-18 year olds 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.

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We look forward to learning more about you.

Make a lasting contribution to public lands in Vermont. Serving as a VYCC AmeriCorps Member is a unique opportunity to work, travel, and make a difference.

AmeriCorps Crew Members get a weekly living allowance and an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion.

2017 AmeriCorps sessions:
Wednesday, April 5 to Wednesday, August 23
* TWO POSITIONS LEFT * Monday, May 8 to Friday, September 22 (end date is flexible)
Saturday, June 17 to Wednesday, November 1

AmeriCorps Crews are for young adults, age 18+, and focus on specific projects: the Parks Restoration Crew offers carpentry experiences; the Assessment Crew studies erosion and trail conditions; and the US Forest Service Crew improves trails, campgrounds, and ecosystems throughout the Green Mountain National Forest.  These crews also assist with watershed improvement projects across the state.

No prior experience or special skills are needed. We fully train Members to do this job, which will prepare you for future jobs. Start your next outdoor community service adventure on April 5 or June 17.

Did you see our video? The crew it features is a 2016 AmeriCorps crew.

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We look forward to learning more about you.

Crews come together as a team to enhance local natural areas in their own community. This might include building trails and bridges in local parks, building rain gardens in town, and removing invasive species.

Community crews are available in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, South Burlington, St. Albans, Williston, and Woodstock.

We are offering two 4-week sessions in 2017:
Monday, June 19 to Friday, July 14
Monday, July 24 to Friday, August 18

This is a paying job: $10 per hour, approximately 40 hours per week.

Eligibility: Vermont residents ages 15 – 24. Must have reliable transportation to and from a designated meeting location Monday through Friday. Members provide their own housing.

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

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, 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, 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.

We are offering two 3-week sessions in 2017:
Saturday, June 17 to Saturday, July 8
Saturday, July 15 to Saturday, August 5

And, we are offering a 7-week session
(2 Leadership Development Crews):
Saturday, June 17 to Saturday, August 5

This is a paying job: $10 per hour, approximately 40 hours per week.

Eligibility: Must be between 16-24 years of age to apply.

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

**ONLY 6 POSITIONS LEFT for the 2017 season!**

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.

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.

Vermont Crew Leader Dates:
Wednesday, March 22 to Wednesday, August 23
Monday, May 22 to Sunday, August 20
Monday, May 22 to Wednesday, November 1

North Carolina Crew Leader Dates:
Monday, May 22 to Wednesday, August 9


Compensation:
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

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