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Your world and your community need you. We believe young people can change the world for the better and we want to put you on a team (a Youth Crew!) of your peers to get started. It’s going to take hard work, sweat, and good old grit, but we’ll be there to support you at every step. We bet you have what it takes and we are excited to meet you. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about Youth Crews.

Questions?  Email Nora, our Recruitment and Alumni Manager or text our team at ‪(802) 560-8466‬.

In 2020, VYCC will hire about 150 young people, ages 15 – 18, just like you to learn, work and have fun on our summer Youth Crews all over Vermont. This page will give you all the info you need on what to expect, types of crews, what you will be working on, dates, and more.

Deadline to apply for a 2020 Youth Crew Member position is June 1, 2020!

Can’t find what you are looking for? DM Nora Woolf, our Recruitment and Alumni Manager.

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Youth Crews are small teams of teens just like you!

Youth Crew Members (YCM’s) are between 15 and 18 years old and come from all over. You could work with someone you know or meet an entirely new group of peers.

YCM’s are paid a weekly stipend. The VYCC experience is rooted in a spirit of service, but we believe that getting a paycheck for meaningful work can be transformative. We are also committed to making VYCC accessible to all youth who are ready to roll up their sleeves and work hard, regardless of financial status, and we know that getting paid can be the difference maker in your decision to apply.

Youth Crews are during the summer break from school, occurring in two separate sessions with specific dates varying by position.

  • Session 1 is mid-June until mid-July 
  • Session 2 is mid-July until mid-August.

In addition to the work, YCM’s get hands on learning and new experiences in farming, trades work like carpentry or trail building, interpersonal skill building in communication, and more.

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Youth Crew Member Position Info 
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Youth Day Crews are all about community and connection. You could work on projects in your own home town, county, or venture to a new area of Vermont entirely. Crews work on Conservation and/or Food and Farm and are mentored, taught, and led by talented Crew Leaders and VYCC staff. Details on 2020 Day Crews below!

Choose between two summer sessions or do both!

  • Session 1 Orientation is on Saturday, June 20. Session 1 is from June 22 until July 16-17 (depending on crew).
  • Session 2: Orientation is on Monday, July 27. Session 2 is from July 27 until August 20-21 (depending on crew).

Your weekly schedule is either Monday through Thursday (for Food and Farm Crews) or Monday through Friday (for Conservation Crews). Each day you will work from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To celebrate your accomplishments with your friends, family, community, and of course your crew, you will also participate in one community event (Farm Dinner or Crew Meet Up) per session. Youth Day Crew Members meet at a central location at the beginning and end of the workday.

You will earn a weekly stipend of $250 or $310 based on the number of days worked during the week. Youth Crew Members (YCM’s) receive an additional Youth Service Stipend of $150 after completing each 4-week session. Returning YCM’s receive a $150 bonus.

A VYCC experience will also teach you, a lot! You will get hands-on training and coaching in professional and personal growth. VYCC offers trainings to our Corps Members, such as Leave No Trace (c), getting you ready to join workforce by improving your communication, teamwork, and more, and increasing your skills to take care of yourself in stressful or new situations. Each day you will learn more about the natural world and the projects you are tackling, have deep conversations about life challenges you or your peers may face, and deepen your connection to your team. We even have a way for you to document your learning for school credit! DM Daniel Schmidt, Officer of Programs for more info.

You will leave your mark for generations to come.

  • Conservation Youth Day Crews take on projects in public parks, state parks, the Green Mountain National Forest, Long Trail, and many other public lands in Vermont. This work includes trail construction and maintenance, wildlife habitat and forest enhancement, light construction and maintenance work, and protecting the health of rivers, lakes, and streams.
  • Food and Farm Youth Day Crew projects include vegetable production (from seeding to harvesting) where all produce goes to our award winning Health Care Share project, livestock/animal care, farm infrastructure construction and maintenance, and cooking and food preparation.

2020 Youth Day Crews

Crew NameLocationProject FocusSession 1Session 2Weekly ScheduleCompensationApply For This Crew
Farm Youth CrewThe Farm at VYCC, RichmondFood & Farm ProjectsxxMonday-Thursday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$250/week; $150/session Youth Service Stipend; Veggies to bring home weekly.Apply for this crew
Newport Day CrewBluffside Farm, NewportFood & Farm and Conservation ProjectsxxMonday-Thursday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$250/week; $150/session Youth Service Stipend; Veggies to bring home weekly.Apply for this crew
Chittenden County CrewChittenden CountyConservation ProjectsxxMonday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$310/week; $150/session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew
Barre/Montpelier CrewBarre & MontpelierConservation ProjectsxMonday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$310/week; $150/session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew
Brattleboro CrewBrattleboroConservation ProjectsxMonday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$310/week; $150/session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew

Remember: 
Session 1: Orientation is Saturday, June 20. Session 1 is from June 22 until July 16-17 (depending on crew).
Session 2: Orientation is Monday, July 27. Session 2 is from July 27 until August 20-21 (depending on crew).

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Youth Crew Member Position Info 

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Youth Camping Crews work and explore new, often remote, places in Vermont and sleep under the stars. You will live as a close-knit group, cooking shared meals, setting up tents, building campfires, and learning what it takes to be part of an effective, diverse, and totally unique team. Your crew will be mentored, taught, and led by talented Crew Leaders and VYCC staff. Details on 2020 Camping Crews below!

Choose between two summer sessions or do both! 

  • Session 1 Session 1 is from June 20 until July 19.
  • Session 2: Session 2 is from July 25 until August 23.

Your weekly work schedule is Monday through Friday. Each day you will work from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. During the evenings, you’ll spend time with your crew at your campsite and on you get to go on adventures with your crew!

You will earn a weekly stipend of $310/week. In addition, Youth Camping Crew Members also receive camping accommodations, meals, and snacks at no charge. Youth Camping Crew Members receive an additional Youth Service Stipend of $200 after completing each 4-week session. Returning Crew Members receive a $150 bonus.

A VYCC experience will also teach you, a lot! You will get hands-on training and coaching in professional and personal growth. VYCC offers trainings to our Corps Members, such as Leave No Trace (c), getting you ready to join workforce by improving your communication, teamwork, and more, and increasing your skills to take care of yourself in stressful or new situations. Each day you will learn more about the natural world and the projects you are tackling, have deep conversations about life challenges you or your peers may face, and deepen your connection to your team. We even have a way for you to document your learning for school credit! DM Daniel Schmidt, Officer of Programs for more info.

You will leave your mark for generations to come. Conservation Youth Camping Crews take on projects in public parks, state parks, the Green Mountain National Forest, Long Trail, and many other public lands in Vermont. This work includes trail construction and maintenance, wildlife habitat and forest enhancement, light construction and maintenance work, and protecting the health of rivers, lakes, and streams.

“If you can see it, you can be it.” VYCC offers two identity-based Youth Camping Crews, Youth Women of Wilderness (WoW) and the Youth Queer Crew, to encourage more young people who identify as cis-women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning to pursue careers and adventures in the great outdoors. In a rural state like Vermont, the power of a shared experience with peers of a similar identity is undeniable. These crews experience all the elements of a Youth Camping Crew, but are designed to provide a more powerful experience for those seeking one like this.

2020 Youth Camping Crews

Crew NameLocationProject FocusSession 1Session 2Weekly ScheduleCompensationReady to apply?
Dorset RegionalDorset AreaConservation projectsxx40 hrs of work/week. Camp with your crew for full session.$310/week; $200/session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew
General Spike CrewCamping throughout VermontConservation projectsxx40 hrs of work/week. Camp with your crew for full session.$310/week; $200 session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew
Queer (LGBTQQ+) CrewCamping throughout VermontConservation Projectsxx40 hrs of work/week. Camp with your crew for full session.$310/week; $200 session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew
WoW (women and transwomen) CrewCamping throughout VermontConservation projectsxx40 hrs of work/week. Camp with your crew for full session.$310/week; $200 session Youth Service StipendApply for this crew

Remember, session 1 is from June 20 until July 19 and session 2 is from July 25 until August 23.

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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.

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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