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.

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Our Corps Leader and Member application for the 2018 season are now open! We are reviewing applications now!

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.

Crew Dates:

Session 1: June 16 – July 7 (Saturday)

Session 2: July 14 – August 4 (Saturday)

7-week Crew: June 16 – August 4 (7 Weeks, Saturday)

Chainsaw Crew: June 16 – August 4

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.

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We look forward to learning more about you.

The NCYCC State Parks Saw Crew will work directly with North Carolina State Parks personnel to remove trees and debris off state park trails with chainsaws.  Project work will be in two or more North Carolina state parks.  The crew will consist of two leaders and six corps members.  The crew will live together in tents or cabins the entire season in state park areas close to the project work.  The crew will work approximately 40 hours a week with a typical week consisting of eight hours a day Monday through Friday, with one hour of the day reserved for focused education.  The crew will continue to live together during the weekends and for the entire duration of the program service term.  This crew will provide training and on-the-job experience to anyone interested in working for a state park and/or gaining experience for a natural resource career.  The crew will understand the value of hard work, the contributions their work will make to North Carolina State Parks, and the need to focus on safety and excellence in all aspects of the project.  Chain saws and all other tools and equipment will be provided.

Term of Service

June 16 through August 4, 2018. Crew leaders and members will be eligible to apply for a 10 month NC State Parks AmeriCorps position that will start September, 2018.

Crew Leaders

Prior chainsaw and leadership experience required.  Must have a S-212 B sawyer certification and 1+ years serving as a crew leader in a corps.  Saw crew leadership a plus.  Crew leaders will participate in two weeks of training in Vermont and one week of training in North Carolina prior to getting their crew.

Other Qualifications

  • At least 22 years of age
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • An unwavering commitment to safety in every aspect of the crew’s work
  • Ability and desire to work with NC State Parks personnel to set work expectations and provide on-the-job trainings.
  • Ability to support corps member training in chainsaw certification and other job skills
  • An ability to work long, physical days running a chainsaw and working with heavy tools
  • Commitment to modeling and teaching strong work habits in an outdoor setting of adverse conditions
  • Dedication to creating a team environment that nurtures personal growth and accountability.
  • A positive attitude, interest in service, and desire to make a difference
  • Ability to work and lead in all weather conditions
  • Ability to meet AmeriCorps expectations for corps members
  • Ability to provide trainings, such as tool use and safety


$525-$550/wk, room and board, $500 end of season completion bonus.

Apply to be a NCYCC Chainsaw Crew Member

Apply to be a NCYCC Chainsaw Crew Leader

Corp Members

This will be an AmeriCorps experience.  No chainsaw experience required.  Chain saw S-212 certification training will be provided.   The crew season will begin with an orientation and one week of project site chainsaw training.


  • Age: 18 and 24
  • Must be eligible for AmeriCorps service, including but not limited to being a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Strong desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work long, physical days running a chainsaw and working with heavy tools
  • Ability to work and camp outdoors in all weather conditions, including extremes of heat.
  • Openness to learning and receiving feedback
  • Willingness to follow any and all safety procedures in all tasks assigned as well as all NCYCC policies


$1,750 living allowance and $1,230 Segal Education award at completion of service.  Crew members are not eligible for comp time accrual, overtime pay, retirement benefits, health insurance, or unemployment insurance.

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:

Session 1: June 16 – July 7 (Saturday)

Session 2: July 14 – August 4 (Saturday)

7-week Crew: June 16 – August 4 (7 Weeks, Saturday)

Chainsaw Crew: June 16 – August 4

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!