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.
- 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.
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).
- 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.
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!