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.

Crew Types: 

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 months)

Roving - Live and work outside in Vermont or North Carolina (4 and 7-week)

Community - Work in your community, no overnights, limited Vermont locations

Leadership Development - Live and work outside with a strong focus on leadership training (7-week)


  • Position Dates for 2014:
    • 6-Month (AmeriCorps): May - November
    • 7-Week: June - August
    • 3-Week: June - July
Application Process: Complete an online application

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!

*Note: 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 check the North Carolina box on the 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 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.

 

Responsibilities

Benefits

  • Work hard to complete projects as part of a team for long days and in all types of weather
  • Abide by all rules and policies
  • Participate in activities, such as WoRD and team building workshops
  • Respect and encourage fellow
    crew members
  • Respect the natural environment
    and community resources
  • Complete safe, high-quality work
    on all projects
  • Participate in member evaluation process
  • Weekly Salary or Living Allowance (depending on Crew Type)
  • Pro-deals and discounts with select local businesses
  • Opportunity to earn academic or internship credit
  • Learn important job skills to carry on into any career
  • Make a positive contribution to Vermont state and  its communities
  • Have an experience of a lifetime!

 

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Fighting
  • Stealing
  • Harrassment

 

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.

  • Arrive on time
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Participate in all activities
  • Be a consistent member of the team
  • Follow the supervisor's directions
  • Avoid exclusive relationships
  • No iPods, cell phones, or other technological devices
  • Use appropriate language
  • Work hard and to full potential
  • Bring all safety gear
  • Use tools and equipment properly
  • No swimming without Crew Leader present
  • Wear shoes or sandals at all times outside of your tent
  • Members of the opposite sex must not enter each other's tent
  • Follow all crew-specific policies



 

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

 

Apply Online