Are you ready to do your part?

Put on a VYCC green uniform and help us change the world. Our Vermont Farm and Conservation Crews spend the summer and fall growing food for those in need and improving the health and accessibility of the outdoors. Apply Today to join our Fall AmeriCorps Crews!

We are looking for young people ages 18-26, to work: on our Farm Crews in Richmond or our Conservation camping (Spike) Crews across Vermont. Get paid to work outside for 8 weeks between June and August, for 8 weeks from September until October, or for both seasons, June until October.

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

*NOTE: ALL OF OUR SUMMER YOUNG ADULT POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED. Positions available on crews that start July 20, August 22, or September 1, 2019 and work until November.

Questions?  Email Hans for Conservation or Kyle for Farm.

Make a lasting contribution to public lands or help supply food to hungry neighbors throughout Vermont. Serving as a VYCC Corps Member is a unique opportunity to work, travel, and make a difference.

Young adults join crews of 6-8 Crew Members, 2 Crew Leaders and can either camp near their work site on a Conservation Spike Crew or live at home and come to work during the day on our Farm. Crews are co-ed and consist of up to eight Corps Members who come together from all walks of life to build strong bonds with each other and the surrounding environment.

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.

2019 Conservation Young Adult Programs

AmeriCorps Crews and General Young Adult Spike Crews are for young adults, age 18-24 years old, and focus on specific projects: the Parks Restoration Crew offers carpentry experiences; the Assessment Crew studies erosion and trail conditions; and the US Forest Service Crew improves trails, campgrounds, and ecosystems throughout the Green Mountain National Forest.  These crews also assist with watershed improvement projects across the state.

Compensation

  • AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly stipend (dependent on total hours), housing, farm fresh food daily, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.
  • General Spike Crew Members receive an hourly wage of $10.78/hour.
  • All Crew Members receive:
    • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections.
    • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
    • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
    • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment.
    • Farm fresh food to cook with your crew.

We are especially looking to recruit young people from low-income backgrounds. The skills you learn on these crews can ready you to jump into the Vermont workforce with the knowledge you need to join the trades, construction, and other well-paying fields. Ask us for more info about this!

No prior experience or special skills are needed. We fully train Members to do this job, which will prepare you for future jobs.

 

2019 Food & Farm Young Adult Programs

Our Young Adult Farm Crews work on our organic farm in Richmond, VT. These crews work in the spring, summer (peer crew or leadership development crew) and in the fall. These crews work together with our youth crews to grow thousands of pounds of vegetables, hundreds of chickens and a bunch of pigs. These crops and animals will be packed into CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Shares for our community and our award winning Health Care Share (farm to hospital CSA helping feed Vermonters in need).

Compensation

  • AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly stipend (dependent on total hours), housing (limited, please inquire), farm fresh food daily, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections.
  • Receive career and college pathway support and counseling.
  • Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
  • Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment.
  • Farm fresh food to bring home with you at the end of the work day.

We are especially looking to recruit young people from low-income backgrounds. The skills you learn on these crews can ready you to jump into the Vermont workforce with the knowledge you need to join the agriculture, health care, and other well-paying fields. Ask us for more info about this!

We offer two types of crews for young adults: Community (Day) Crews with our Farm Program or Spike (Camping) Crews with our Conservation Program

2019 Farm Community Crews

Young Adult Community Crews work together to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, food-security projects, and complete nutrition and cooking courses.

Crews interact with food system and community leaders including farmers with varied operations, suppliers, medical centers, and hunger relief agencies. These interactions expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

These crews work on our Farm at VYCC during the day Monday – Thursday from 7:45 a.m-4:30 p.m. and head home at night. All Crew Members are AmeriCorps Crew Members, earning a weekly stipend, housing, farm-fresh food, a weekly grocery budget, and a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.

Note: The Farm Peer Crew is provided housing on our campus in Richmond.

Farm Peer Crew (May 20 until October 1)

The Farm Peer Crew is comprised of six AmeriCorps Members who live and work on our campus in Richmond. This crew will be part of the Field Staff Team (Headquarter Staff & Coordinators, Project and Team Leads) to help carry out projects associated with the Health Care Share.

This our one residential farm crew, who live in yurts or lean-tos on our campus in Richmond.

Farm Leadership Development Crew (June 15 until August 15) *THIS CREW IS FULL!

This crew of six AmeriCorps Community Crew Members and two Crew leaders will have a strong focus on leadership development throughout their farming experience. While working on our Richmond Campus farm, this crew will be provided leadership learning opportunities through, specific curriculum and peer-to-peer learning educational components.

Farm Spring (March 16 until May 17) and Fall (Sept 1 until November 1) Crews

The Young Adult Spring Crew focuses on prepping the farm beds, planting, growing and transplanting all necessary crops, and preparing the farm for the busy season with the Health Care Share.

The Young Adult Fall Crew focuses on the final harvests and deliveries of the Health Care Share as well as closing up the farm for the season.

2019 Conservation Spike (Camping) Crews

Our Young Adult Spike “camping” Crews live together, camping near a work site and work during the day (7:45 a.m-4:30 p.m.) in Rutland county, along the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail, and in many state parks around Vermont. These crews are both general Crew Member positions (earning a hourly wage) or AmeriCorps Member positions (earning a weekly stipend and Segal Education Award at the completion of service).

Program Dates:

Summer (8 week) Crew Member (general Spike): June 15 until August 20 *THIS CREW IS NOW FULL

Summer & Fall (16 week) AmeriCorps Crew Member: June 15 until October 29

Mid-summer & Fall (12 Week) AmeriCorps Crew Member: July 20 until October 29

Fall (8 week) AmeriCorps Crew Member: August 22 until October 29

 

Qualifications

  • Between 18-26 years old. You can be 17 years old to work on our Young Adult Farm Crews.
  • A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
  • Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
  • Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
  • Able to join a crew for a full session (8 or 16 weeks or longer!) spring through fall.

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due May 19.

Questions?

Email Hans for Conservation or Kyle for Farm.

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.

Apply now!