Conservation Crew Leader Positions

"I'm glad for this chance to learn how to develop not just myself, but an entire group of young leaders. I’ve acquired skills from simple things - organizing weekend activities, dividing chores, creating a meal plan. Every day Members grow and change, and I make sure to keep up with them the entire way.”

– Thomas, 2015 Crew Leader

 

Crew Leaders                                                            Assistant Crew Leaders

  • Position Dates:
    • April 25 - September 29
    • May or June - August 22 or September 29
  • Salary: $475 - $550 per week, $250 per week during training
  • Qualifications
  • Responsibilities
  • Position Dates:
    • April 25 - September 29
    • May or June - August 22 or September 29
  • Stipend: $350 per week + AmeriCorps Education Award (if eligible)
  • Qualifications
  • Responsibilities

 

 


As a Conservation Crew Leader you will serve as a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model for your crew of youth or young adults. Together with another leader, you will be responsible for:
  • Overseeing the health and safety of your crew
  • Building a community
  • Professionally managing your work project
  • Teaching both life and job skills
  • Ensuring that high quality standards are achieved
  • Facilitating crew education, including the WoRD program
  • Upholding the VYCC’s mission statement

 

North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC)

In partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the VYCC is excited to continue fielding conservation crews in North Carolina. If you are interested in working on one of these crews, please make sure to note it on your cover letter and in your application.

 

Crew Types

Training

Corps Members

Projects

Education

Challenges & Rewards

Responsibilities

Qualifications

Benefits

 

Crew Types

There are a variety of crew types available within the Conservation program, each with its own schedule and type of experience.  See the Corps Member Positions page to learn more about the specific crew type you would be leading.

        
 

Training

All Conservation Crew Leaders participate in an intense residential staff training held at VYCC Headquarters in Richmond, Vermont. This training period is designed to teach the technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful leader at the VYCC. In addition to what is taught, each leader is encouraged to further develop, identify, and share his or her own strengths and enhance their existing skills. The long days and nights spent as a large group during training will also contribute to building a strong community of leaders, who learn just as much from each other as they do from the rigorous training sessions.

A sample of topics covered at Crew Leader Training:

  • Community and teambuilding
  • Cooperative leadership
  • VYCC culture and traditions
  • Administrative responsibilities
  • Risk management and Crew safety
  • Conservation education
  • Work project skills including trail maintenance & design, stone work, and carpentry

After training, leaders will have time to plan and prepare for the arrival of their crew. This week includes project site visits, vehicle and gear distribution, time for lesson planning, and contacting Corps Members to make sure they have everything they need for their crew experience.

 

Corps Members

VYCC crews are made up of Corps Members between the ages of 16 and 24 that come from all walks of life. The VYCC hires Corps Members of varied interests and talents, representing many social, economic, and geographical backgrounds, and most crews are co-ed. 

 

Projects

Each year, VYCC crews complete thousands of hours of high-priority conservation projects in a wide variety of focus areas. Most crews work on projects that are a short drive or hike from their crew base or campsite. Projects can last anywhere between one week and a full session. Click here for past examples of work projects.

 

Education

Built into each work day is one hour for the VYCC educational program called WoRD, which stands for Writing, Reading and Discussion. Using a compilation of current articles and essays, all crews read aloud about important environmental and social issues that are relevant both locally and nationally. The crew then engages in thoughtful discussion and spends time journaling on the topic. The goal of WoRD is not only to teach new concepts about the environment or conservation but to help participants learn to listen to other points of view and articulate their thoughts and opinions in a safe environment.

Crew Leaders are encouraged to bring other educational experiences to their crew, whether it is related to the project, the natural world or personal development. Residential crews also participate in educational activities on the evenings and weekends.  These can include trips to museums, guest speakers, nature hikes or other facilitated activities.

 

Challenges and Rewards

The combination of a diverse crew with excellent, trained leaders working together on a high-priority conservation project creates a personally challenging and educationally rich experience for everyone involved. Once your crew arrives, you will combine your previous experiences with what you've learned at training to transform your crew from a diverse group of strangers into a tight-knit community.

It will not be easy. Days (and some nights!) will be long, and you and your co-leader will have a roller coaster of experiences. However, in the end, leading a group of young people in the completion of a backcountry bridge while covered in mud, with a smile on everyone's face, will teach you and your crew lessons you will use for the rest of your lives.


Crew Leader Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, supervision, motivation and direction to a diverse group of Corps Members
  • Work effectively work with a co-leader
  • Build a healthy community
  • Uphold VYCC mission
  • Train crew in work skills and proper tool use and maintenance
  • Work with project sponsors to coordinate and ensure project completion
  • Enforce VYCC policies and follow appropriate discipline procedures
  • Facilitate the WoRD Program, and integrate environmental education into crew experience
  • Complete administrative paperwork, including timesheets
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor and VYCC headquarters
  • Take responsibility for personal development and engage in VYCC Leadership Review process
  • Use sound judgment to navigate difficult situations and decisions
  • Write a detailed final evaluation of the program
  • Manage food budget and ensure that healthy food is prepared
  • Encourage minimum-impact camping and Leave No Trace principles

 

Assistant Crew Leader Responsibilities

  • Build positive community with diverse crew members
  • Work effectively with a co-leader
  • Oversee the health and safety of the crew
  • Manage work projects professionally
  • Teach life and job skills
  • Ensure high quality standards are achieved
  • Facilitate crew education, including the WoRD program
  • Uphold all VYCC and AmeriCorps rules and policies
  • Attend all AmeriCorps Orientations and trainings

 

Qualifications - Crew Leader

  • Minimum age requirement: 22 years old
  • Preferable background in education, parks and recreation management, environmental studies, or related field
  • Leadership experience with diverse groups of young people. Outdoor leadership experience preferred
  • Budget management and bulk food purchasing experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions
  • Maturity, optimism and a sense of humor
  • Minimum  First Aid certifications: Wilderness First Aid/CPR
  • A good driving record and a valid driver's license held for a minimum of 3 years
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal background check

 

Qualifications - Assistant Crew Leader

  • Minimum age requirement: 20 years old
  • Preferable background in education, parks and recreation management, environmental studies, or related field
  • Leadership experience with diverse groups of young people. Outdoor leadership experience preferred
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions
  • Maturity, optimism and a sense of humor
  • Minimum  First Aid certifications: Standard First Aid/CPR
  • A good driving record and a valid driver's license held for a minimum of 3 years
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal background check

 

Benefits

  • Competitive Salary based on position, VYCC experience, and other relevant experience
  • Training Stipend – Crew Leaders will receive $225-$250 per week  compensation while attending our residential training
  • AmeriCorps Education Award for eligible Assistant Crew Leaders
  • Room and Board - Provided for all staff on residential crews
  • Pro-deals and discounts with local businesses
  • Valuable Job Skills - Learn work project management, supervisory, and leadership skills.
  • Exceptional Work Environment - Live and work with a community of people in the Green Mountains of Vermont!

 

  • Application Process: Complete online application and submit cover letter, resume, and three references
  • Application Deadline: Open until all positions are filled

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Conservation Crew Leader positions, please contact call 802-434-3969 Ext. 130 or recruitment@vycc.org

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