Almost 100 years ago (wow), the Civilian Conservation Corps was created to put men to work building National Parks and outdoor public spaces during the Depression. The camped and lived where they worked. We took the best parts of that model and improved it. Our Spike Crews are super diverse in social identities and ages and do way more than just build trails.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Spike Crew life:
- How old are Spike Crew Members?
- When are the 2019 sessions?
- What Are the Types of Spike Crews?
- What does the work day/week look like on a Spike Crew?
- How much do Spike Crew Members get paid?
- What kind of work does a Spike Crew do?
- When is the deadline to apply to a Spike Crew?
Spike Youth Crew Members are between 15-18 years old.
Spike Young Adult Crew Members are over 18 years old.
When are the 2019 sessions? How many sessions can I work?
Our 2019 Season is broken into three sessions over the course of the summer and fall, with a “recharge” week in between each session. Our sessions are:
- June 15 until July 14 (session one)
- July 20 until August 18 (session two)
- August 22 until October 20 (session three)
As a Young Adult Crew Member, you have TWO options:
- An 8 week span (that’s two sessions) from either June 15 until August 18 (our summer Spike crews) or August 22 until October 29 (our fall Spike crews).
- A 16 week span (or four sessions) from June 15 until October 29.
As a Youth Spike Crew Member*, you have THREE options:
- 4 weeks from June 15 until July 14 (aka session one) or
- 4 weeks from July 20 until August 18 (aka session two) or
- 8 weeks (total) from June 15 until August 18 (both summer sessions!).
*Please note, youth Spike Crew Members MUST be Vermonters!
What are the types of Spike Crews?
General Spike Crew:
We have a number of Spike Crews (camping) which work across the state on a range of projects including trail work, watershed protection, and more. We strive for all our crews to have a balance of social identities, especially gender identities.
WoW (Women of Wilderness) Crew:
A crew for Corps Members who identify as girls, young women, and/or young transwomen. This crew is designed to give Corps Members the chance to explore the conservation field in an environment focused on support, encouragement, and empowerment. Because conservation and other technical trades traditionally have been dominated by cis-men, studies have shown that similar underrepresented identities programs, such as all-women/transwomen programs can be highly effective in building confidence and inspiring them to enter these technical arenas. The members of this crew will be pushed to explore and learn together, and will expand their comfort zones as they build projects and live in a camp setting. Crew Members will benefit from the mentorship of highly-trained leaders, who will add a focus of empowerment, sharing, and support to the crews daily activities.
Note: WoW Crew Members must be ages 15-18.
American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Youth Crew:
This is an integrative Youth Corps experience for young people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. VYCC and partners develop an integrated, residential, work-immersion experience in-line with the VYCC’s traditional youth conservation program. This model pairs crew members who have hearing with those who are deaf or hard of hearing under the guidance of two leaders proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). This crew is a camping crew and works primarily out with the US Forest Service or other land management agencies/organizations.
Note: ASL Crew Members must be ages 15-18.
Regional Spike (Camping) Crews
This year we will host 4 regional crews that will camp near their work site. These crews will be made up of Vermont youth from the region! This crews will be focused on everything all different types of projects: land management, trail building and maintenance and water quality work!
2019 Regional Crews:
- Rutland County (1st session only: Mid-June to Mid-July)
- Lamoille County (2nd session only: Mid-July to Mid-August)
- Washington County (1st & 2nd session: Mid-June to Mid-July and Mid-July to Mid-August)
What does the work day/week look like on a Spike Crew?
On a Spike “camping” Crew, you’ll live and camp with your 6 other Crew Members and 2 Crew Leaders near your work site. Your crew will work during the day (7:45 a.m-4:30 p.m.) along the Long Trail or Appalachian Trail, in specific regions or counties or in a Vermont State Park.
On nights and weekends, Crew Leaders will lead the crew in activities that explore the area/region they are in, use VYCC’s famed WoRD book to deepen learning and perspectives on the world, hop into their favorite swimming hole, prep for the week ahead, or relax at their camp site.
How much do Spike Crew Members get paid?
Youth Spike Crew Members make $10.78/hour.*
Young Adults are AmeriCorps Crew Members, earning a weekly stipend* and a Segal Education Award at the end of their session.
You work approximately 40 hours per week.
Note: VYCC takes $60/week from compensation for room and board costs.
What kind of work does a Spike Crew do?
Crews work with a variety of sponsoring agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and various local and national non-government conservation organizations. These relationships expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with many professionals.
In addition to the projects, each workday holds many opportunities for building technical skills, exploring diverse perspectives during WoRD, gaining job and career building skills, and learning about the natural world. Corps Members develop leadership skills through a variety of hands-on activities.
Questions about Spike?
Questions about AmeriCorps positions?