Picture this:

 

After hiking a few miles to your work site, you put down your tools and grab a drink of water. You are curious about your new project and are excited about using new tools and continuing to build skills. After a quick walk through the work site, you circle up!

Pro Crew Members and Leaders complete projects that are challenging, technical, and yield high quality results. These Crews work in one of four specialized areas- Forestry, Trails, Build, or Water Chestnut removal. Every VYCC crew is a combination of work and learning but, for Pro Crews, the focus is on the work and helping Members build a foundational skillset in the specialized areas. 

At the end of the day, for most projects, Crews will have two options: camp at a VYCC designated campsite near the project or go home for the night. Some projects might require camping based on their location and accessibility.

Pro Crews have specific qualifications for Members and Leaders. Check out the position info below or the drop-down to learn about prerequisite skills. All Pro Crew Leaders must be at least 21 and all Pro Crew Members must be at least 18.

Got questions about these Crews? Email us  or send us a text ‪(802) 249-6589.

Pro Crew Member Position Info      Pro Crew Leader Position Info

 Crew Member Application  Crew Leader Application

Trails Pro Crew will be made up of a Leader and three Members who will tackle some of our most challenging trail projects. They will camp and work along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, constructing trail features like staircases, causeways, and drains.

Dates: June through October or August through October
Schedule: 8 days on, 4 days off, repeated throughout season
Compensation: $500/week for Members, $560 – 585/week for Leader
Positions are filled on a rolling basis, apply before May 17th for summer and July 19th for fall.

Qualifications:
Leader:
Previous experience in:

  • Constructing staircases and retaining walls using dry stone masonry techniques
  • Construct rolling contour trails with full bench construction
  • Maintaining trails using standards in the USFS Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

Member:
Previous experience in:

  • Trail or conservation work
  • Using power tools and hand tools
  • Utilizing sustainable trail practices

Build Pro Crews will be made up of a Leader and three Members, supported by our Build Project Supervisor. This Crew will work on the construction of a 4-season, off-grid backcountry hut at Grout Pond—measuring and cutting lumber, framing walls, using pneumatic tools, and high fiving from a distance.

Dates: June through October
Schedule: 8 days on, 4 days off, repeated throughout season
Compensation: $500/week for Member, $560 – 585/week for Leader
Positions are filled on a rolling basis, apply before May 17th.

Qualifications:
Leader:

  • Minimum 1 year experience in residential construction
  • Ability to read schematic diagrams, blueprints, sketches, and building plans
  • Ability to teach proper power tool use including miter saw, table saw, drills, drivers, nailers, and other common construction tools

Members:

  • Some prior carpentry, building, or trades experience
  • Knowledge and experience with hand and power tools
  • Interest in pursuing career in building trades work, design, architecture, weatherization, etc.

Forestry Pro Crew will be made up a Leader and three Members working on forest management. This crew will identify trees for timber stand improvement, use chainsaws to fell trees, and work with foresters to better understand forest management plans.

Dates: August through October
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Compensation: $500/week for Members, $560 – 585/week for Leader
Positions are filled on a rolling basis, apply before July 19th.

Qualifications:
Leader:

  • USFS Level B Sawyer/Game of Logging #3 or ability to complete training prior to start date
  • Prior experience with felling of moderate difficulty including ability to plan for and navigate hang-ups, directional felling, and side/forward leaning trees.
  • Proficient in local species identification

Members:

  • Level B Sawyer/Game of Logging #2 or ability to complete training prior to start date
  • Prior experience with forestry and timber stand improvement

Water Chestnut Pro Crew will be made up of two Leaders who have experience in paddle sports. By kayak, they will lead groups of volunteers on the water to pull invasive water chestnut. They will spend their days paddling, managing safety for their group of boaters, and using their kayak to remove water chestnut in Lake Champlain.

Dates: June through August
Schedule: Monday-Friday, weekend work may be necessary once or twice during the season
Compensation: $560 – 585/week
Positions are filled on a rolling basis, apply before May 17th.

Leader Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a degree or having demonstrated interest in Biology or Earth Science
  • Prior experience in canoes or kayaks or paddle sports safety training
  • Prior experience with GIS/GPS, or willingness to learn

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 people can see themselves on a VYCC crew.