We are looking for great leaders like you.

We believe young people like you change the world. With your help leading our Vermont Farm and Conservation Crews, we will spend this summer and fall growing food for those in need and improving the health and accessibility of the outdoors. Apply Today! Apps are due April 15, 2019.


We are looking for young people 20 years old or older to lead our youth crews (15-18 year olds) and young adult crews (18-26 year olds). As a Crew leader, you’ll work on our farm crews in Richmond or Newport or on our Conservation camping (Spike) or Community (daytime) Crews across Vermont. Get paid to work outside for 8 weeks between June and August, for 8 weeks from September-October, or for both seasons, June until October.

Positions are filled on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.

Questions?  Email Pilar for Conservation or Andrew for Farm.


“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

Crew Leader Dates:

Training: May 20-June 15, 2019

Summer Crews: Mid-June to end of August

Long Term Crews: Mid-June to end of October

Farm Early Spring Crew: Starting in March. Dates TBD.

Conservation Spring Peer Crew:
Peer crew is a six week Peer Led crew prior to our Crew Leader training, its purpose to further develop your technical skills with the intention of assisting HQ staff during our Crew Leader training. Peer Crew begins with an orientation on April 4 (may change due to weather), and runs into Summer Training.

Dates: Early April to end of May (until Crew Leader Training) (may be adapted due to weather)

Crew Leader:
Weekly salary of $500-$550; End of Season Completion Bonus – either $250 or $500, depending on crew type.

Assistant Crew Leader: $350 weekly stipend and AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion. Note: This position must be an AmeriCorps position.


  • At least 20 years old.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Previous experience leading young people and/or in outdoor work.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years.
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR or equivalent (Wilderness First Aid required for all Crew Leaders–we offer this at Crew Leader training).
  • Able to join take part in our Crew Leader training starting in late May and work for our summer, fall, or both seasons

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due April 15.


Email Pilar for Conservation or Kyle for Farm.


We are looking for young adult leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with youth or their peers as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and role models. Excellent leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success. The level of professionalism, motivation, and sense of community on the crew is a reflection of the strength of the crew’s leadership.

We have three types of leadership positions at VYCC:

  • Assistant Crew Leaders
    • Work alongside a Crew leader, hone your leadership skills, a true experiential learning opportunity.
  • Crew Leaders
    • Guide, mentor and coach a crew with a Co-Crew Leader for 8, 16 or more weeks.
  • Long-term Leadership Positions
    • Join Farm crews as early as March and stay on-board through October in a project or leadership role.

Our leadership positions oversee and lead a crew or project either on our Farm or in our Conservation program.

A crew is made up of six to eight Crew Members that work and learn together. Crew Leaders will lead either a Community Crew or a Spike Crew.

  • Community Crews (youth or young adults) work on our Farm at VYCC, on the Bluffside Farm in Newport, or on Conservation projects in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, or Woodstock during the day (7:45 a.m-4:30 p.m.) and have you live at home.
  • Spike “camping” Crews (for youth or young adults) live together, camping near a work site and work during the day (7:45 a.m-4:30 p.m.) in Rutland, Lamoille and Washington counties, the Dorset area, the Long Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and in many state parks around Vermont. Some of our Spike crews are AmeriCorps Member positions, which means Crew Members are earning a living stipend and an educational award.

VYCC fills Crew Leader and Assistant Crew Leader positions on a rolling basis beginning as early as the fall that precedes the next season. Preference is given to early applicants.


Leading a crew is an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before! As a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model, you will be responsible for building a community, ensuring your crew’s health and safety, and teaching life and job skills. By professionally managing your work project and ensuring high-quality standards, you’ll stretch your comfort zones and bask in the sweet rewards that follow.

Team “Crew” Leaders have a passion for leading a crew of Crew Members who are between the ages of 15 and 24 and from all walks of life. We hire Crew Leaders and Members of varied interests and talents, representing many social, economic, and geographical backgrounds. The combination of a diverse crew, excellent leaders, and high-priority conservation projects creates a dynamic and educationally rich experience.

Are you working on your leadership skills? Hoping to hone your skills a bit more before taking on a Team Leader position? An Assistant Crew Leader position is just for you. Our Assistant Crew Leaders work along side a Crew Leader to help guide and mentor the crew throughout the summer. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to gain more experience in a leadership role.

No matter which leadership role you’re in, you start the season with paid staff training during which we will focus on teaching both technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful leader at VYCC, while also drawing out your own strengths and enhancing your existing skills. You will use what you’ve learned to transform your crew from a varied group of strangers into a tight-knit community.

Program Dates:
Crew Leader Training: May 20 – June 15

Start date: Between March 1 and May 20 (depending on your position)

End date: Between August 18 – November 1 (depending on your position)


Many of our Crew Leaders and all Assistant Crew Leaders are AmeriCorps Members and receive a weekly living stipend and earn a AmeriCorps Segal Education Award at the completion of service.

Some Crew Leaders earn a weekly salary of $500-$550 depending on crew type.

Other benefits:

  • Farm fresh food from our organic farm.
  • Housing (limited on the farm, please inquire)
  • Access to our incredibly robust Alumni network
  • Career and college advancement opportunities
  • Discounts and pro-deals at some of your favorite retailers.


Our Commitment to Diversity:

The VYCC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applications from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women and gender fluid individuals, individuals of all sexual orientations, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged. All eligible applicants or job-holders have an equal opportunity in all areas of VYCC employment.

Apply now!