Conservation Corps Member Positions
The job is intense and challenging, full of long days and hard work. It is also an immeasurably rich experience. As a Conservation Program Crew Member you will work on high-priority conservation projects and make a lasting contribution to Vermont and North Carolina communities and landscapes. You need to be prepared to work hard and learn more than you could possibly imagine about your surroundings and yourself.
There are a variety of different types of crews to choose from within the seasonal Conservation Program, each with its own schedule and type of experience. Please contact us for more information or follow the links below to learn more.
AmeriCorps - Serve for longer in multiple states (6 and 10-month)
Community - Work in your community, no overnights, limited Vermont locations: Burlington, Rutland, Woodstock (4 and 7-week)
Leadership Development - Live and work outside with a strong focus on leadership training (7-week)
Position Dates for 2014:
- 10-Month (AmeriCorps): Feb 3 - Nov 21
- 6-Month (AmeriCorps): Apr 28 - Oct 3
- 7-Week: June 21 - August 10
- 4-Week: June 21 - July 19
After reviewing applications, the VYCC selects potential candidates for a phone interview.
Application Deadline: Apply early to have the best chance of being hired for a crew. We have started interviewing already so don't delay!
In partnership with the Superior Watershed Partnership, the VYCC is excited to field conservation crews in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 2014. If you are interested in working on one of these crews, please make sure to check the box on the application.
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 check the North Carolina box on the application.___________________________________________________________________________
All crews work 40 hours per week on projects that are a drive or hike from their crew base or campsite. Projects can last anywhere between one and seven weeks and Corps Members will often work on more than one project with their crew.
Past projects include:
- Trail construction
- Trail maintenance
- Watershed restoration
- Historic building restoration
- Carpentry, including bridges, kiosks and staircases
WoRD - Writing, Reading, and Discussion
The WoRD program is a fundamental component of all Conservation crews. WoRD encourages Corps Members and Crew Leaders to engage in thoughtful discussions about meaningful, relevant topics throughout the work week. 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. After reading, the crews discuss what they have read and take some time to write in their journals about the topic and discussion.
- 16 - 24 years of age (minimum age of 18 for Leadership Development Crews)
- Strong desire and motivation to work hard and make a difference
- Ability to work long hours primarily outdoors
- Openness to learning and receiving feedback
- Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies
- Note: If you are from out of state, you must be 18+ at the start of the session to participate.
Conservation Program Rules and Policies
Immediate Dismissal Policies
The following actions are not tolerated on our crews:
- The possession, use, suspicion of use, or being in the presence of Tobacco, Alcohol, and/or Drugs
- Physical Intimacy
General Crew Policies
Below are policies that we firmly believe contribute to a healthy community. We expect all members of the crew to observe these policies throughout the duration of the Corps Member experience.