Our Conservation Community Crews come together as a team to enhance local natural areas in your own community by day and return home at night (no camping needed!). This might include building trails and bridges in local parks, building rain gardens in town, and removing invasive species.
2019 Program dates:
We are offering two summer sessions this year.
- 1st Session: June 15 until July 14
- 2nd Session: July 20 until August 18
2019 Community Crew locations:
- Burlington (1st Session: June 15 until July 14 & 2nd session: July 20 until August 18)
- South Burlington (2nd session: July 20 until August 18)
- Williston (1st Session: June 15 until July 14)
- Woodstock (1st Session: June 15 until July 14 & 2nd session: July 20 until August 18)
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Community Crews:
- What are this year’s session dates? How many sessions can I work?
- How old do you have to be?
- How big are the crews? Who else is on the crew?
- How much do you get paid and how often?
- When is the deadline to apply?
- What does the work day/week look like on a Community Crew?
- Can you pick me up at home?
- What are typical projects a Community Crew works on?
- Who are the project partners VYCC works with?
- What does education on a crew look like?
What are this year’s session dates? How many sessions can I work?
We are offering two sessions this year. Note session dates for Community Crews and Spike Crews differ slightly.
Session 1 is from June 15 until July 12, 2019
Session 2 is from July 20 until August 16, 2019
Burlington Community Crew will be offered both sessions.
South Burlington Community Crew will be offered 2nd session only.
Williston Community Crew will be offered 1st session only.
Woodstock Community Crew will be offered both sessions.
You may work any of the sessions offered. If you have any conflicts within the session, please let us know and we will see what we can do!
How old do you have to be?
Community Crew Members are Vermont residents between 15 and 18 years old and often need to be from the community the crew is working in. Check this year’s crews below for more information about the crew working in your area.
Community Crew Leaders are over the age of 20 and do not need to be from the community in which they work, although it’s awesome when they are!
How big are crews? Who else is on the crew?
Crews are made up of 6-8 Crew Members and 2 Crew Leaders.
Community Crew Members are typically from the community in which the crew is working and are between 15-18 years old. Crew Leaders are not necessarily from the community the crew is working in and are over the age of 20 and have leadership experience.
How much do you get paid and how often?
Conservation Community Crew Members get paid every 2 weeks, earn $10.78/hour, and work approximately 40 hours per week. There is a small amount ($10) deducted from paychecks for group snacks.
When is the deadline to apply?
Crew Member applications are due on May 1, 2019.
Crew Leader applications are due on April 1, 2019.
What does the work day/week look like on a Community Crew?
Community Crews work Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Crew will gather at 7:45 a.m. at a central location (determined by the Crew Leader) in your community. The crew will then drive to the worksite, work for the day, and head home at 4:30 p.m.
A typical day in the field looks like this:
7:45 a.m. Start your day at the meeting location
10:00 a.m. Mid-morning break (15 minutes)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. WoRD*
1:00 p.m. Back to work
2:30 p.m. Mid-afternoon break (15 minutes)
4:30 p.m. End of the day
*VYCC uses WoRD books ( aka”Writing, Reading, and Discussion”) to spark deeper thinking, conversation, and reflection based on articles and stories a crew reads together during a break from the work day. Topics range from learning about food systems, to social issues, to methods of personal growth.
Can you pick me up at home?
You must have reliable transportation to and from the designated meeting location on work days. The meeting place will be chosen by VYCC staff and the Community Crew Leaders based on the work/project site.
What gear do I need to bring?
Any personal gear, you’ll need to bring with you. This includes your water bottle, boots, sturdy clothing, raingear, backpack, etc.
We provide all the tools, equipment and transportation to the worksite your crew needs to complete the project you’re working on.
What are typical projects a Community Crew works on?
Community Crews work with local organizations and agencies to complete projects in local parks and trail systems. Crews may build trail or maintain trails, plant trees, remove invasive species, improve waterways, and maybe compete some carpentry projects.
Who are the project partners VYCC works with?
Crews work with a variety of sponsoring agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vermont Departments of Forest, Parks and Recreation and Fish and Wildlife, and various other local and national non-governmental conservation organizations. These relationships expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with many professionals.
What does education on a crew look like?
Education at VYCC looks different depending on the crew’s interests and will happen out in the field or sometimes back at our Headquarters in Richmond, VT. It tends to be a variety of readings, writing opportunities, and discussions as a crew. Crews also have an opportunity to learn wildlife and plant identification, skill share with fellow Corps Members, and visit with a variety of professionals in the field.
Questions about Community Crews?