This could be the job that sparks your new career!
VYCC will be bring together youth and young adults for our 2020 season! Our crews work hard throughout the state of Vermont working on trail, water quality, forestry, sustainable agriculture, our Health Care Share and other projects!
We will have a bunch of crews, new projects, and new positions for 2020. So, if you’re interested, fill out our Interest Form to receive annoucement of our 2020 crews, positions, and application process!
Questions? DM Nora, the Recruitment Manager.
224 young people joined VYCC in 2019 as a Crew Member or Leader
Will you join a crew in 2020?
Young people from near and far joined our crews this year learning, growing and building a future of conservation here in Vermont.
Our positions fill fast, want to be one of the first to know what crews will run next year?
Fill out our Interest Form to receive an email (and a text, if you want!) when our 2020 applications are live!
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Our Corps is made up of 200+ young people (ages 15-26) who are our Crew Members and 60+ adults who are Crew Leaders. Together, teams of 4-8 are supported by a bigger team of seasonal and full-time staff, and experts in the conservation and farming sector in Vermont. We want you to come change the world with us! Join a farming crew, growing fresh produce on our farms in Richmond or Newport or join a conservation crew and work in state parks, in city parks, and in the forests of Vermont improving access and restoring habitats. Your crew will quickly bond as you tackle challenging projects, improve your personal and professional skills, and yes, have fun! Our summer crews work in 4-week sessions, mid June until mid July, mid July until mid August. In the fall, we have one session of 8 weeks. Did we mention that you get paid? All our positions have a great compensation package that include extensive certification and training, time-off, and education related stipends or competitive seasonal wages.
Types of Crews, Positions, and Ages
VYCC has two main types of crews.
Community Crews – Work with your crew during the day, live at home or on our campus at night. This experience is currently only available for youth. Info on conservation community crews. Info on farm community crews.
Camping Crews – Called “Spike,” you work with your crew during the day and then live together, camping nearby. Info on conservation spike crews.
Position In the Corps – Crew Leaders or Members
These are young people between the ages of 15 and 24. No experience is needed as you join a crew led by two older Crew Leaders on conservation or farm projects. We strive to hire crews that come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Depending on your crew you may focus on leadership skills development, watershed restoration, trail work, farming, or more hands-on work.
These positions require applicants who have leadership experience in one capacity or another. They are often in their 20s or 30s with some outdoor work and leadership experience, as well as some additional qualifications. Our crews are lead by pairs of Crew Leaders, teamed up to complement each other in skills, backgrounds, and social identities. Often we hire former Crew Members to step up to be Crew Leaders.
Our Project Leads are ready to dig into the specifics of our projects. They have experience in the project area they are applying, are looking to grow professionally in the specific field and are ready to teach our Crew Members and Leaders best practices! We are looking for Projects Leads focusing on sustainable agriculture, nutrition, trail building, forestry and more.
Types of Conservation and Farm Crews + 2020 Dates
Crew experiences that start as early as March/April and go as late as October. We operate in 4-week sessions, with the majority of the season happening from mid-June until mid-August.
The specifics of our 2020 Crews will be announced in December 2019! So, please stay tuned.
Want to be one of the first to know? Sign up here to get our announcement emails
A look at last year’s crews:
Conservation Community Crews – Join other Vermont youth (ages 15-18) for the summer in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston and Woodstock in city parks, natural areas, and at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Work with us in the day and sleep in your own bed.
Farm Community Crews – Team up with other Vermont youth (ages 15-18) on our farms in Richmond or in Newport for the summer. Help feed Vermonters in need through our award-winning Health Care Share program. Work with us in the day and sleep in your own bed.
Spike (Camping) Crews – Vermont youth and young adults (from anywhere) dig into projects on the Long Trail, in Vermont state parks, and in the Vermont backcountry as you live/camp near your work sites. In 2019, we will have summer regional Spike youth crews in Dorset, Washington County, Lamoille. This fall, we will have young adult crews that will be in a variety of places around the state. We offer slightly longer-lasting Spike Crews into the fall and, to help increase diversity and access in the outdoors, award-winning identity-based Spike crews for American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion and Women of Wilderness (WoW).
Peer Crews – These are highly skilled crews for Corps Members who team up in the spring or stick around into the fall to do more technical projects, deepening their skills together! These crews are made up of either Conservation Crew Leaders in the Spring or Fall or Food and Farm Young Adult Crew Members who are ready to work together with year-round Farm staff.
Excited for 2020? So are we!
Fill out our Interest Form to receive an email (and a text, if you want!) when we announce our 2020 crews and start accepting applications!
Strong crews are diverse crews.
VYCC has a deep commitment to excellence. We believe we are strongest when our team includes members with a broad range of life experiences. We strive to achieve this at all levels of our organization, and actively encourage and recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse applicant pool. VYCC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Being a VYCC alum is worth it.
After your season, you join a growing network of over 7,000 alumni who are now in tons of different job sectors, doing all sorts of cool jobs. Our alums often look to hire recent alums! VYCC is also committed to making sure you get lots of alumni perks including on-going learning opportunities in the trades, future career or college application support, pro-deals and discounts with select local businesses and the opportunity to earn academic or internship credit. Scholarships of $1,000 are available to all VYCC alumni accepted to attend Sterling College.
“Prior to VYCC I had a hard time standing up for what I believed in. I didn’t have strong leadership skills and I didn’t question what was asked of me. Since joining, I have found my footing in a leadership role. I can feel myself gaining confidence in achieving my goals and going after what I want!”
– Sophia, Women of Wilderness (WoW) Crew Member