This will be the best summer job of your life.

Put on a VYCC green uniform and help us change the world. On a Farm or Conservation Crew, you will do this and so much more. Apply Today! Apps are due May 1, 2019.

We are looking for Vermont youth, ages 15-18, to work: on our farm crews in Richmond or Newport; our Conservation camping (Spike) Crews in Dorset and around the state; or on our daytime Community Crews in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, and Woodstock. Get paid to work outside for 4 or 8 weeks between June and August.

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

Questions?  Email Hans for Conservation or Kyle for Farm.


  • A Vermonter, between 15-18 years old
  • 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 4 or 8 weeks from mid June to July or July to mid August.
  • Have transportation to Richmond, VT on the first and last day of the session.

Apply now! Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis and due May 1.


Email Hans for Conservation or Kyle for Farm related questions.



VYCC has two main types of crews: Community Crews and Spike (camping) Crews. Community Crews are part of our Farm or Conservation Programs where the crews work during the day and head home at night. Our Conservation Spike Crews work during the day and camp near the crew’s worksite.

What is a Community Crew?

These crews come together as a team to enhance local natural areas in your own community or plant and harvest vegetables by day and return home at night (no camping needed!). Projects and tasks on a Conservation Community Crew might include building trails and bridges in local parks, building rain gardens in town, and removing invasive species. Our Farm Community Crews may be planting vegetables, harvest food for our Health Care Share (providing food for food-insecure families), taking care of the chickens or pigs, and learning how to prepare delicious food.

2019 Program Dates: We are offering two summer sessions this year – you can work for one or both sessions!
1st session: June 17 to July 11 (Farm) or July 12 (Conservation)
2nd session: July 22 to August 15 (Farm) or August 16 (Conservation)

Note: the Farm does not work on Fridays.

Weekly Work Schedule:

Farm Community Crews: Monday – Thursdays, 8am-4pm and two Saturdays
Conservation Community Crews: Monday – Friday, 7:45am-4pm.

2019 Community Crew locations:

Conservation Community Crews:

  • Burlington (1st & 2nd session)
  • South Burlington (2nd session only)
  • Williston (1st session only)
  • Woodstock (1st &2nd session)

Farm Community Crews:

  • Richmond @ VYCC Campus Farm (1st &2nd session)
  • Newport @ Bluffside Farm (1st &2nd session)

What are Spike Crews?

Spike crews are modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, a government-funded program for young adults before World War 2 that provided hands-on training through conservation work on public lands. A “spike camp” is a secondary or temporary camp established by a forestry crew that was accessible from the main camp. These spike camps would make travel to work sites easier.

All our Spike Crew Members live in tents in a camp setting and work on high-priority conservation projects around the state of Vermont. Crews live together for the entire session and decide as a group how to spend their weekends.

Crews are co-ed and consist of up to eight Crew Members and two Crew Leaders who come together from all walks of life to build strong bonds with each other and the surrounding environment. They complete high-priority conservation projects such as trail building, bridge construction, watershed restoration, and historic building preservation.

Crews work with a variety of sponsoring agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and various local and national non-government conservation organizations. These relationships expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with many professionals.

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.

Types of Spike Crews:

General Spike Crew:

We have a number of Spike Crews (camping) which work across the state on a range of projects including trail work, watershed protection, and more. We strive for all our crews to have a balance of social identities, especially gender identities.

WoW (Women of Wilderness) Crew:

A crew for Corps Members who identify as girls, young women, and/or young transwomen. This crew is designed to give Corps Members the chance to explore the conservation field in an environment focused on support, encouragement, and empowerment. Because conservation and other technical trades traditionally have been dominated by cis-men, studies have shown that similar underrepresented identities programs, such as all-women/transwomen programs can be highly effective in building confidence and inspiring them to enter these technical arenas. The members of this crew will be pushed to explore and learn together, and will expand their comfort zones as they  build projects and live in a camp setting. Crew Members will benefit from the mentorship of highly-trained leaders, who will add a focus of empowerment, sharing, and support to the crews daily activities.
Note: Crew Members must be ages 15-18.

American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Youth Crew:

This is an integrative Youth Corps experience for young people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. VYCC and partners develop an integrated, residential, work-immersion experience in-line with the VYCC’s traditional youth conservation program. This model pairs crew members who have hearing with those who are deaf or hard of hearing under the guidance of two leaders proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). This crew is a camping crew and works primarily out with the US Forest Service or other land management agencies/organizations.
Note: Crew Members must be ages 15-18.

Regional Spike Crews

This year we will host 4 regional crews that will camp near their work site. These crews will be staffed by youth from the region! This crews will be focused on everything all different types of projects: land management, trail building and maintenance and water quality work!

2019 Regional Crews:

  • Lamoille County (2nd session only: July 22 to August 18)
  • Washington County (1st & 2nd session: June 15 to July 14 and July 22 to August 18)



  • Between 15-18 years old
  • Vermont Resident
  • Transportation to and from the work site (We pick up Corps Members from the Richmond Park and Ride and bring them to our campus)
  • No experience required. You don’t need to know how to build a trail or plant and harvest carrots. We teach you all you need to know!


  • $10.78 an hour (Vermont Minimum Wage)
  • Educational learning opportunities
  • Spike Crews receive housing and food (note there is a $60/week deduction to cover these costs)



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!