“I love working on something that will outlive me and coexisting with wonderful humans, while learning collaboratively” – Ursula

VYCC Crews step up to serve where they are needed. As a Crew Member, you will grow food or build trails, while working in fields, in forests, and along waterways, putting your skills and tools to use. Crew Members step outside of their comfort zone and learn new skills while contributing to Vermont’s communities.

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Got any questions?

Email our Recruitment Team or text us at ‪(802) 560-8466‬.

AmeriCorps Camping Crew Members live and serve together, spending most of their time immersed in the outdoors (seeing all the stars and also braving all the bugs). Crew Members learn new skills related to their projects, spend evenings together, and build community with their crewmates.

Camping Crews work in state and local parks, the Green Mountain National Forest, and other public lands, doing trail construction and maintenance, carpentry, water quality improvement, and forest management. The work our Crew Members do has a significant impact on habitat, water quality, and outdoor recreation in Vermont.

Summer Crews
Location: Program starts in Richmond, VT, camping and projects throughout the state
Dates: June 13-August 7, break week July 11-July 17
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30, crew stays together on weekends
Living allowance: $437/week
Education Award: $1,342.86 at completion of service
Project Focus: every crew will do a mix of trails, build, forest project, and water quality
Application deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until crews are filled

Longer-term Crews
Location: program starts in Richmond, VT, camping and projects throughout the state
Dates: April 18-July 21 OR June 13-October 2
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30, crews are independent on weekends and have occasional three day weekends throughout season
Living allowance: $437/week
Education Award: $2,417.14 at completion of service
Project Focus: Forest projects, build (carpentry and construction crew), and one crew working on a mix of different projects
Application deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until crews are filled

Camping crews are for young adults 18+

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On the farm, each day is a different adventure! Farm Crew Members move from weeding rows of carrots to harvesting peppers to helping move the chicken flock from one area of the farm to another. They spend time in the fields growing veggies, washing the freshly harvested produce, and packing it up for distribution.

Just as important as growing food is cooking, eating, and enjoying it! Crew Members rotate through spending time in the kitchen exploring different ways to prepare meals with farm fresh vegetables. The whole farm community comes together over lunch to share the food from the kitchen and applaud their crew mates for the delicious meal.

AmeriCorps Production Crew
Location: Richmond, VT
Ages: 19-26
Dates: May 23- August 19
Schedule: Monday-Friday, shift schedule, 8 hours max each day, see example below
Living allowance: $437/ week
Education Award: $1,678.57 at completion of service
Project Focus: Production Crew will step up to do detail oriented farm tasks, work efficiently, and are responsible for continuously growing their ability to do their best work in the fields
Application deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until crews are filled
Example of a weekly Production Crew Schedule:
Monday: 6:30-3 Tuesday: 9:30-6 Wednesday: 6:30-3 Thursday: 9:30-6 Friday: 8-2

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AmeriCorps Farm Crew
Location: Richmond, VT
Ages: current high school students and recent high school grads
Dates: June 20- August 18
Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 8:00-4:30
Living allowance: $341.60/ week
Education Award: $1,342.86 at completion of service
Project Focus: Learning about all aspects of the farm, growing farming and interpersonal skills
Application deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until crews are filled

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As a team, we work hard, outdoors, on projects that matter to our communities. And we grow.

Let’s talk about that a bit….

· As a team – Circle up at the start of each day – what tools do we need, which farm field or section of trail are we working, who is cooking, who is planting, who has a great game to play? “Honestly, my biggest accomplishment was making some truly incredible friends. The people I worked with at VYCC are strong, funny, passionate folks, and I am so grateful to have them in my life.” – Bex

· We work hard – We sure do! We move large rocks to build trails, harvest thousands of potatoes in a morning, dig holes to plant trees along our rivers, pack boxes of food for hundreds of families, and clean our tools at the end of a long day. “I’ve come to appreciate hard work, dirty hands and sore muscles, as these stand as a testament to the things we create.” – Alyssa

· Outdoors — On our beautiful farm in Richmond, in state parks, on trails, and on the lake. All day. Will there be rain, bugs, hot days, cold mornings, and mud? Yes, there will! Will there be Vermont beauty, songbirds, sunrises, overlooks, and the energy of being outside all day every day? Oh yeah, that too! “I’m passionate about showing people how powerful, wholesome, beautiful, and healing the outdoors can be…. Oh, and I love being SILLY!” – Andy

· On meaningful projects – that matter to our communities! We build trails that increase access to the outdoors, create backcountry infrastructure that supports our state lands, grow fresh food for Vermonters in need, and improve the health of our forests and waterways. “the town’s excitement reminds us that our work is more than cutting wood or pounding posts; we are creating access to a unique habitat, and the community’s support fuels our own interests.” – Thomas

· And grow personally— When we dig in and work together on meaningful projects, we believe in ourselves and each other, feel a strong sense of belonging, build skills, and see possibility in all directions. “My proudest moment was seeing my saw crew grow as sawyers, and see them start taking on bigger and more complex trees with confidence.” – Sable

If you are ready to dig in, with a spirit of curiosity and courage, then this is the place for you. Believe in yourself; we certainly do!

Learning together, with difference, and kindness: We are strongest when VYCC represents all members of our community, we lean into and learn from our similarities and differences, and we celebrate one another with kindness. VYCC is committed to creating an inclusive experience for our Corps Members and reducing barriers so that all people can thrive at VYCC.

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.

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

It’s the people that bring me back. There’s always someone new. I have made so many friends with the people here, this place has changed my life, for real. It really changed me for the better.

Sean, 2017 - 2019 Crew Member