Crew Members are motivated to do their part and effect positive change. Together with their crew, they build a strong community while developing their own leadership skills. Farm and Conservation projects include growing food, building trails, and improving habitat. All projects, whether in the forest or a farm field, have a meaningful impact on Vermont communities.
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Imagine circling up with other motivated and inspiring VYCC Corps Members moments before you and your crew leave for a season of hard work and a lasting impact. If this gets you excited, and ready to get off this screen and outside right this minute, then read on to learn about the different positions at VYCC. Find your fit and explore more about what it is like to be a Crew Member or Crew Leader.
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Crew Leaders mentor youth and young adult Crew Members by creating a supportive crew community, help Crew Members develop essential skills, and boost their own leadership skills along the way. Farm and Conservation projects are varied and include things like growing food, building trails, or improving habitat. All project, regardless of whether they’re in a forest or a farm field, have a meaningful impact on Vermont communities.
Pro Crews specialize in challenging and technically complex Conservation projects, including building backcountry huts, improving timber stands, removing invasive water chestnuts, and building/maintaining trails. All of these projects have a meaningful impact on the environment and improve recreation access.
For the safety of Corps Members, Crews, and the wider Community, VYCC encourages all staff, including all Crew Leaders and Members, to get a COVID-19 vaccine. If possible, we encourage all Crew Members and Crew Leaders to get fully vaccinated, including the two weeks to achieve full immunity, before joining a crew. Should a Corps Member need to receive their vaccine while they are in the field, we will support them in doing so.
While it is not mandatory for a Corps Member to get a vaccine, being vaccinated makes it easier to join their crew at the start of the season (no quarantine needed) and gives them more freedom during break weeks. For safety purposes, we will require Corps Members to share their vaccination status on their health form. This information will be confidential and will not affect the roles and responsibilities given to anyone on the crew.
VYCC is challenging by design. We believe that young people discover their true potential when things get tough. Our programs set you up for success with training, support, and resources that nurture the development of:
- Grit & Resiliency—When you join a VYCC Crew, you are tested physically, emotionally, and mentally. There will be rain, bugs, and mud but these experiences provide opportunities to rise to the challenge. With the support of your Crew, you will become stronger and more resilient.
- Service — VYCC is dedicated to making this world a better place, but we can’t do it without you. With your help, we will build trails that increase access to the outdoors, create backcountry infrastructure that support our state lands, grow fresh food for Vermonters in need, and improve water quality. Join the hundreds of VYCC Corps Members who make a difference in Vermont every year.
- Leadership— Leaders aren’t born, they are inspired. Every day on a VYCC crew will be filled with opportunities to engage, aspire, and grow. This is your chance to be the spark that ignites your crew and your community.
Every season, VYCC Corps Members rise to the occasion when faced with the hard work that defines life on a VYCC crew. It takes a willingness to push yourself and, for this reason, VYCC may not be for everyone. But if you are ready to dig in, with a spirit of curiosity and courage, then this is the place for you. Believe in yourself, you got this.
Diverse crews are strong crews. We believe we are strongest when VYCC represents all members of our community. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse experience for our Corps Members. VYCC, along with many other Corps in the country, are committed to reducing barriers and ensuring that all people can see themselves on a VYCC crew.
“I joined VYCC because I knew it would open up opportunities in the future, I got to work outside, and work with an organization trying to make a difference.”
– Jack McCarthy, 2018 Crew Member, 2019 Crew Leader