Conservation Corps Member Positions

"I feel lucky that I have been given the chance to work and live with 9 different, interesting, and pretty awesome people.” – Sally, 2015 Corps Member

“We work hard until the evening: build long board walks in the mud, axe out stumps in the hot sun, pick up ancient litter in a forest. I'm proud to say we made it.  There are things you would not imagine you could do.” – Ariana, 2015 Corps Member

 

Do you want to do something different this summer? Make a difference, learn new skills, work outdoors, and get paid for it. Corps Members employed by the VYCC enjoy intense and challenging summers. Join a crew of young people to complete conservation projects and make a lasting contribution to local communities and the environment. You need to be prepared to work hard and learn more than you could possibly imagine about your surroundings and yourself.

 

Application Process: Complete our online application.  Interviews for all positions begin in January 2016 and continue until all positions are filled.

Application Deadline: Apply early to have the best chance of being hired for a crew. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis so don't delay!

 

Crew Types: 

There are a variety of different crew types to choose from within the 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 Crew - Serve for longer in multiple states. Scheduled time-off is provided during the season.

  • 900 Hour Term

- Stipend: $275 per week + $2865 AmeriCorps Education Award (if eligible). Room and Board included. Trainings offered.

- Dates: May 9 through September 28

- Eligibility:  Must be 18-24 to apply

  • 675 Hour Term

- Stipend: $275 per week + $2182 AmeriCorps Education Award (if eligible). Room and Board included. Trainings offered.

- Dates: June 18 through September 28

- Eligibility:  Must be 18-24 to apply

Community Crew - Live at home while working on outdoor projects in your comunity for the summer. Vermont locations: Barre, Brattleboro, South Burlington, St. Albans, Woodstock. *Applicants can apply for one or both of the sessions listed below.

- Compensation: $384 per week. Compensation is based on a 40-hour work week and is adjusted on an hourly basis for time off.

- Dates: June 20 through July 15, July 25 through August 19

- Eligibility:  Must have reliable transportation to and from a designated meeting location Monday through Friday. Members provide their own housing.

Spike Crew - Our traditional crew type, modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps. Members live in tents in a camp setting and work on high-priority conservation projects around the state of Vermont. Members stay with crew during nights and weekends. *Applicants can apply for one or both of the sessions listed below.

- Compensation: $384.00 per week. Compensation is based on a 40-hour work week and is adjusted on an hourly basis for time off.

- Withholdings: $60 per week for room and board

- Dates: June 18 through July 17, July 23 through August 21

- Eligibility: Must be between 16-18 years of age to apply. If you are under 18, you must be a resident of Vermont.

*Note: North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) 

We also offer positions in North Carolina! In partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the VYCC is excited to be fielding conservation crews in North Carolina for the fourth year. If you are interested in working on one of these crews, please fill out the NCYCC Corps Member Application.

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Work Projects

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 week and a full session and Corps Members will often work on more than one project with their crew.

Past projects include:

  • Trail construction
  • Trail maintenance
  • Carpentry, including bridges, kiosks and staircases
  • Mountain bike trail construction
  • Watershed restoration
  • Invasive species removal
  • Universally Accessible mulit-use trail construction and maintenance

 

WoRD - Writing, Reading, and Discussion

The WoRD program is a central part of the VYCC experience! 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.

 

Responsibilities

Member Benefits

  • Full participation in all VYCC activities including: work projects, camp responsibilities, team building, weekend, activities, education, and member evaluations
  • Proper and safe use of all tools, equipment, and crew resources
  • Observation of all VYCC policies
  • Commitment to the safety, health, and well-being of the whole crew, the natural environment, and the surrounding community
  • Report directly to Crew Leader
  • Willing to step outside of comfort zone and open to personal and professional development
  • Learn and practice new skills; technical project skills, outdoor living skills, job skills and professionalism, conservation education, teamwork, confidence, and leadership
  • Make a positive contribution to your crew, the environment, and local communities
  • Pro-deals and discounts with select local businesses
  • Opportunity to earn academic or internship credit
  • Scholarship of $1000 available to all VYCC alumni accepted to attend Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT.
  • Make lifelong friendships!
  • Have an experience of a lifetime!
  • *See specific crew types to review compensation and service benefits

 

Qualifications:

  • 16 - 24 years of age
    • - Note: If you are from out of state,you must be 18+ at the start of the session to participate
  • Strong desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work on physically demanding projects in the outdoors
  • Openness to learning and receiving feedback
  • Willingness to follow all immediate and general crew policies

Crew Policies

Immediate Dismissal Policies

The following actions are not tolerated on our crews:

  • Possession, use, suspicion of use, or being in the presence of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs
  • Physical Intimacy
  • Violence and threats of violence
  • Stealing
  • Harrassment

General Crew Policies

Below are policies that we firmly believe contribute to a healthy community. We expect all members to observe these policies throughout the duration of the Corps Member experience.

  • Maintain punctuality
  • Bring all safety gear
  • Use tools and equipment properly
  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • Use appropriate language
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Follow Crew Leader's directions
  • Participate in all activities
  • Avoid exclusive relationships
  • Follow crew-specific policies
  • Work hard and to full potential
  • Be a consistent member of the team

 

More information on crew experience

The VYCC experience is unique and we have found that the below items are important notes to consider when deciding to embark on this adventure!

  • No cell phones, tablets, or other media devices
  • No swimming without Crew Leader present
  • Wear shoes or sandals at all times outside of your tent
  • The VYCC is an equal opportunity employer and offers all persons the benefit of participation in its programs and employments regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally-protected factors.


 

For more information about Corps Member positions, please contact the VYCC:
1.800.639.8922
802.434.3969 x130
recruitment@vycc.org

 

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