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.
We are offering two 4-week sessions in 2017:
Saturday, June 17 to Saturday, July 15
Saturday, July 22 to Saturday, August 19
Leadership Development Crew (8 week session June 17 – Aug 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.
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.
We look forward to learning more about you.