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Put on a VYCC green uniform and help us change the world. Apps are due May 19, 2019.

With a nationally recognized youth leadership development program and our award winning Health Care Share program, the Food and Farm Program places the next generation of agricultural leaders squarely at the junction of sustainable agriculture and food justice. Find the farm crew that fits your interests below!

**We are no longer accepting applications for the following positions:

Farm Young Adult Summer Leadership Development Crew
Richmond Farm Youth Crew Member Crew

*WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR  2019 RICHMOND YOUTH FARM CREWS AS THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Keep us in mind for next year!!

This summer job could change your life. VYCC offers paid outdoor experiences, possibilities for future jobs and learning opportunities, introduce you to new lifelong friends, and get you outside on a farm all summer long!

Our Farm Community Crews may be planting vegetables, harvest food for our Health Care Share (providing food for food-insecure families), taking care of the chickens or pigs, and learning how to prepare delicious food.

In 2019, community crews are available in Richmond and Newport.

Weekly Work Schedule

Monday – Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and two Saturdays a month (TBD)

2019 Farm Crew Locations & Dates

Our Farm crews work primarily in one of our two locations. Crew Members can work one or both summer sessions.

  • Richmond at the VYCC Campus Farm
    • 1st session: June 17 until July 11
    • 2nd session: July 22 until August 15
  • Newport at Bluffside Farm
    • 1st session: June 17 until July 11
    • 2nd session: July 22 until August 15

Compensation

  • $10.78 an hour (Vermont Minimum Wage)
  • Educational learning opportunities
  • Access to our robust Alumni Network
  • Support with career and college goals and pathways
  • Incredible “office” views
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment

Prior Qualifications

  • A Vermonter, between 15-24 years old
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Able to join a crew for 4 or 8 weeks from mid June to July or July to mid August.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from a designated meeting location on work days. VYCC can assist with bringing Corps Members to VYCC Richmond Campus, if needed.

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due May 1.

Questions?

Email Hans for Conservation or Kyle for Farm related questions.

 

*WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 AS THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Thank you!

Young Adult Community Crews work together to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, food-security projects, and complete nutrition and cooking courses.

Crews interact with food system and community leaders including farmers with varied operations, suppliers, medical centers, and hunger relief agencies. These interactions expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

The Farm Leadership Development Crew is comprised of six AmeriCorps Members (over 17 years of age) who work and learn on our campus in Richmond. This crew will help carry out projects associated with the Health Care Share while also participating in a structured and supportive leadership development curriculum. This will include learning opportunities through experiences woven throughout the farming experience by means of shadowing leaders on the farm and in the community, curriculum and specific readings, and peer-to-peer education.

In addition to the projects and LDC curriculum, 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.

Program dates

June 15 until August 20, 2019.

Compensation

  • Earn $300 per week as a stipend to the Education Award.
  • Earn up to $1,289.95 in a Segal Education Award at the completion of service (this is dependent on your term of service/how long you work with us!).
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections
  • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
  • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment
  • Farm fresh food to take home each week

Prior Qualifications

  • At least 17 years old.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Able to join for the full season.

We are especially looking to recruit young people from low-income backgrounds. The skills you learn on these crews can ready you to jump into the Vermont workforce with the knowledge you need to join the trades, construction, and other well-paying fields. Ask us for more info about this!

No prior experience or special skills are needed. We fully train Members to do this job, which will prepare you for future jobs.

Ready to apply?

Questions? Email Kyle.

Young Adult Community Crews work together to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, food-security projects, and complete nutrition and cooking courses.

Crews interact with food system and community leaders including farmers with varied operations, suppliers, medical centers, and hunger relief agencies. These interactions expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

The Farm Peer Crew is comprised of six AmeriCorps Members who live and work on our campus in Richmond. This crew will be part of the Field Staff Team (Headquarter Staff & Coordinators, Project and Team Leads) to help carry out projects associated with the Health Care Share.

This crew will work closely with our food system and community leaders including farmers with varied operations, suppliers, medical centers, and hunger relief agencies. These interactions expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

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.

Program dates

May 20 until October 1, 2019.

Compensation

  • Earn up to $250/week stipend
  • Housing and farm fresh food daily
  • A weekly grocery budget
  • Earn up to $2,960 in a Segal Education Award at the completion of service (this is dependent on your term of service/how long you work with us!).
  • Earn up to $250 for Young Adult positions
  • Housing and food provided for residential positions

Prior Qualifications

  • At least 20 years old.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Able to join for the full season.

We are especially looking to recruit young people from low-income backgrounds. The skills you learn on these crews can ready you to jump into the Vermont workforce with the knowledge you need to join the trades, construction, and other well-paying fields. Ask us for more info about this!

No prior experience or special skills are needed. We fully train Members to do this job, which will prepare you for future jobs.

Ready to apply?

We look forward to learning more about you.

*WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR  2019 CREW LEADERS AS THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Keep us in mind for next year!!

We are looking for great leaders like 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.

Team “Crew” Leaders have a passion for leading a crew of Crew Members who are between the ages of 15 and 24 and from all walks of life. We hire Crew Leaders and 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.

Are you working on your leadership skills? Hoping to hone your skills a bit more before taking on a Team Leader position? An Assistant Crew Leader position is just for you. Our Assistant Crew Leaders work along side a Crew Leader to help guide and mentor the crew throughout the summer. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to gain more experience in a leadership role.

No matter which leadership role you’re in, you start with 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 process of seed to plate will teach you and your crew lessons you will use for the rest of your lives.

Types of Leadership Positions
We have three types of leadership positions at VYCC, all which oversee and lead a crew or project on our Farm or in our Conservation program.

  • Assistant Crew Leaders
    • Work alongside a Crew leader, hone your leadership skills, a true experiential learning opportunity.
    • Dates: May 20 until August 18
  • Crew Leaders
    • Guide, mentor and coach a crew with a Co-Crew Leader for 8, 16 or more weeks.
    • Join our Spring Peer Crew (only Crew Leaders) in addition to the regular season from April 15* until May 20. * Start date is dependent on weather
    • May 20 until August 18 or May 20 until October 29.

Crew Leader Dates:

Can you start in the spring?  Consider a long term AmeriCorps Team or Project Lead (see next section for more information!).

Mandatory All Crew Leader Training: May 20 until June 15, 2019

Summer Crews: June 15 until August 18, 2019

Long Term Crews: June 15 until October 29, 2019

Compensation
Team “Crew” Leaders:

  • $375 per week as a stipend in addition to your AmeriCorps Ed Award.
  • Earn up to $2,960 in a Segal Education Award at the completion of service (this is dependent on your term of service/how long you work with us!).
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections
  • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
  • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment
  • Farm fresh food to take home each week
  • Housing is limited, please inquire if you need housing.

Assistant Crew Leaders:

  • $350-375 weekly stipend in addition to your AmeriCorps Ed Award.
  • Earn up to $2,960 in a Segal Education Award at the completion of service (this is dependent on your term of service/how long you work with us!).
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections
  • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
  • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment
  • Farm fresh food to take home each week
  • Housing is limited, please inquire if you need housing.

Prior Qualifications

  • At least 20 years old.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Previous experience leading young people and/or in outdoor work.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years.
  • Able to join take part in our mandatory all Crew Leader training starting in late May and work for our summer, fall, or both seasons

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due April 15.

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.

Questions?

Email Kyle for Farm.

*WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 PROJECT LEADS AS THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Thank you!

WHAT THIS EXPERIENCE IS LIKE – WHAT IS A PROJECT LEAD/WHAT DO THEY DO?

Your season will begin with training, where we will teach you both the 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 process of seed to plate will teach you and your crew lessons you will use for the rest of your lives.

You will start in the pre-season and work directly with full-time staff to plan the next Health Care Share, refine Food and Farm Program curriculum and prepare for crew start-up. Then, during the summer season, you’ll coordinate projects, facilitate classes and mentor crew members as they grow and harvest food. In the fall, you will coordinate the final Health Care Share harvests by leading volunteer and youth crew projects.

Our Project Leads help guide and lead Crew Leaders (and their crews) on their specific projects. Crews are made up of 6-8 Crew Members who are between the ages of 15 and 24 and from all walks of life. We hire Crew Members and Leaders 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.

Project and Team Leader Dates:

March 1 until November 1, 2019.

Compensation

  • $375-$400 weekly stipend in addition to your AmeriCorps Ed Award.
  • Earn up to $5,920 in a Segal Education Award at the completion of service (this is dependent on your term of service/how long you work with us!).
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections
  • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
  • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment
  • Farm fresh food to take home each week
  • Housing is limited, please inquire if you need housing.

Prior Qualifications

  • At least 21 years old.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Previous experience leading young people and/or in outdoor work.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years.

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due April 15.

Questions?

Email Kyle , Food and Farm Program Coordinator.

Like all VYCC experiences, interns are members of a crew and participate in the Health Care Shares project through hands-on work in the fields and kitchen.

Program dates: Internships are set up on a case by case basis and generally are in the spring and fall after school hours.

Compensation: Hands on experience and sometimes, credit-bearing and paid opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a Vermont high-school student with reliable transportation access.

To Apply: Please contact Andrew Whitehead, Program Manager for more information.

AmeriCorps VISTA and SerVermont support VYCC is hosting young adults in a year of service as AmeriCorps VISTA members. They gain experience in youth development, volunteer management, sustainable agriculture, and food security. Their service results in increased organizational capacity, community outreach, and program development.

Program Dates: Term of service can vary. Contact us for more information.

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.

Interested? Please contact Andrew Whitehead, Farm Program Manager, more information and application info.

VYCC has a deep commitment to excellence. We believe we are strongest when our team includes members with a broad range of life experiences. We strive to achieve this at all levels of our organization, and actively encourage and recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse applicant pool. VYCC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Apply now!