Picture this:

 

Today is the day! Your Crew Members are meeting for the first time and, after two weeks of training, you’re on your way to building a Crew community. Excited for everyone to get to know each other and form connections, you circle up!

VYCC Crews step up to serve where they are needed. As a Crew Leader, you will grow food or build trails, while working in fields, in forests, and along waterways, putting your skills and tools to use. Crew Leaders model what it means to serve and help their crews see the positivity ripple out from their good work.

Scroll on to learn about the different Crew Leader positions.

Got questions about these positions?  DM our Recruitment team: ‪(802) 560-8466‬ or email us.

Day Crew Leaders help youth and young adults channel their passion for learning and serving. They are community facilitators, building and supporting connection between members. Leaders guide members in individual reflection, help them set goals, and help build tools that Members can use to grow personally and professionally.

There are Day Crew positions for the Farm and Conservation Program. Farm Crews grow fresh produce for the Health Care Share, contributing to a project that supports food security in our Vermont communities. On a Farm Crew, you will be kneeling in the dirt planting seeds, harvesting pounds of carrots, and exploring new ways to cook veggies.

Conservation Day Crews grab their tools and head to parks and forests, improving places for nature to thrive and people to explore. On a Conservation Crew, you will be commuting to work by foot, making an impact on your corner of the woods, and figuring out what is the best tool for the job.

Conservation Crew Leaders
Project Focus: Leading youth crew and volunteers 
Location: Woodstock, Vermont and Richmond, Vermont
Dates: May 31st- July 30th
Schedule: Monday- Friday
Compensation: $535-585/week

Farm Crew Leaders
Project Focus: Serving on the farm in the spring and fall, leading a crew in the summer
Location: Richmond, Vermont
Dates: April 12th-October 8th, 1200 hr AmeriCorps position
Schedule: Monday- Friday, occasional weekend work throughout the season
Compensation: $400/week living allowance, $4,336.50 Segal Education Award upon completion of service

Farm Crew Leaders
Project Focus: Leading a summer crew at Bluffside Farm
Location: Newport, Vermont
Duration of Position: May 31st-September 10th, 675 hr AmeriCorps position
Schedule: Monday- Friday, occasional weekend work throughout the season
Compensation: $400/week living allowance, $2,360.00 Segal Education Award upon completion of service
There is the potential for this position to be residential and include housing

We keep our crewmates safe by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing our hands. You can read more about COVID + VYCC here. Because of COVID, we may need to adjust when these position start or modify them during the season.

 Conservation Crew Leader Position Info  Farm Crew Leader Position Info   Crew Leader Application

Camping Crews live and work together, spending all of their time immersed in the outdoors (seeing all the stars and also braving all the bugs). Camping Crew Leaders manage the project and their crew during the work day and help continue to build those connections back at camp. Camping Crews share responsibilities like making meals, building fires to gather around in the evenings, and figuring out how to spend their weekends exploring Vermont. Camping Crews work in state and local parks, in the Green Mountain National Forest, and just about anywhere their service is needed. Camping Crews work on trail construction and maintenance, carpentry, water quality improvement, and forest management. The work our Camping Crews do has a significant impact on habitat, water quality, and outdoor recreation in Vermont.

Camping Crew Leaders live and work with their crew, 24 hours a day.

Summer Camping Crew Leaders
Project Focus: Five crews focused on trails, forestry, and water quality
Location: Camping throughout Vermont
Dates: May 31st-August 8th
Compensation: $535-585/week

Fall Camping Crew Leaders
Project Focus: Four crews focused on carpentry, forestry, water quality, and trails
Location: Camping throughout Vermont
Dates: August 16th-October 17th
Compensation: $535-585/week

We keep our crewmates safe by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing our hands. You can read more about COVID + VYCC here. Because of COVID, we may need to adjust when these position start or modify them during the season.

Camping Crew Leader Position Info     Crew Leader Application

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. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds and identities on all crews.

In 2021, there will be two Identity- Based Conservation Camping Crews: Womxn Crew and Queer Crew. Identity Crews are a chance for Members to connect with and learn alongside others who share key aspects of their identity.

Womxn Crew welcomes all people who identify as women and transwomen.

Queer Crew welcomes all people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, or queer.

We are looking for Leaders and Members for these Crews! During your interview, we will ask you about your interest in joining an Identity 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 people can see themselves on a VYCC crew.

I initially joined the VYCC because I wanted to experience something different. I was looking for adventure and an opportunity to try something new, I had no idea I would discover a field of work that I would become so passionate about.

Roland, 2018 Crew Member, 2019 Crew Leader