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 worksite on a Conservation Spike Crew or live at home and come to work during the day on our Farm.
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, 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.
Did you see our video? The crew it features is an AmeriCorps crew!
2019 Farm Young Adult Programs:
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. They 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.
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.
AmeriCorps Peer Crew (May 20 – 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.
As AmeriCorps members, these Crew Members receive a weekly stipend, farm fresh food, and a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. This our one residential farm crew, who live in yurts or lean-tos on our campus in Richmond.
Leadership Development Crew (June 15-August 15)
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.
The Leadership Development Crew will work Monday-Thursday, 8am-4:30pm and occasionally on Saturdays. As AmeriCorps members, these Crew Members receive a weekly stipend, farm fresh food, and a Segal Education Award at the completion of service
Spring (March 16-May 17) and Fall (Sept 1- November 1)Farm Crews
The Spring and Fall Community Farm Crews work 7:45am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday on our farm in Richmond. As AmeriCorps members, these Crew Members receive a weekly stipend, farm fresh food, and a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.
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.