Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
This Will Be the Most Rewarding Outdoor Job Adventure of Your Life!
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps believes that conservation work is an ideal platform to teach personal responsibility, leadership, communication, interpersonal, and professional skills. Lead a crew on conservation projects, camp life, and education. OR, join a crew as a Corps Member and gain work skills, camp skills, and teambuilding experience. In all VYCC positions, you will be challenged to make a difference and to get outside your comfort zone in ways you’ve never imagined. This is a rich experience that will have lifetime benefits! VYCC is accepting 2015 season applications for Crew Leaders/Assistants, and Corps Members!
I met great people, went amazing places, and worked on projects that made a positive impact. This experience will be a great stepping stone to whatever I do next.” – Eugene, Conservation Crew 1, 2014
Who We Are
As a VYCC Crew Leader or Corps Member you are sure to have the experience of a life time!
Crew Leaders lead a crew of 6-8 eager Corps Members while completing conservation work in the great states of Vermont and North Carolina!
Crews live, eat, recreate, and work together to complete projects such as bridge construction, stone work, watershed restoration, and trail construction.
The combination of a diverse crew with excellent, trained leaders working together on a high-priority conservation project creates a dynamic and educationally rich experience for everyone involved.
Crew leaders will combine their previous experiences with what they learn at training to transform their crew from a diverse group of strangers into a tight-knit hard-working community.It will not be easy. Days will be long and you and your crew will have a roller coaster of experiences. However, in the end, leading a group of young people in the completion of a back-country bridge, one mile trail reroute, or construction of urban rain gardens will teach you and your crew lessons and skills that you will use for the rest of your lives.
Crew Leader Minimum Requirements:
• Minimum age of 20 years old for Assistant Crew Leader and 22 years old for Crew Leader position
• Strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions
• Trail work, carpentry, and or watershed work experience preferred
• Leadership experience with diverse groups of young people; outdoor leadership experience preferred
• Ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations
• Maturity, optimism and a sense of humor
• Belief in the VYCC's mission to teach personal responsibility
• Red Cross Standard first aid/CPR or equivalent (Wilderness First Aid/Responder required for Crew Leaders)
Corps Member Requirements:
• 16–24 years of age (minimum age of 18 for AmeriCorps and Leadership Development Crews)
• Strong desire to join the VYCC and work with others
• Open to learning and receiving feedback
• Positive attitude and strong work ethic
• Ability to work long hours outdoors and in all types of weather
We hire Crew Leaders, Assistant Crew Leaders and Corps Members for a variety of crew types.
Corps Members serve from June to November.
Work on high-priority conservation projects and make a lasting contribution to public lands in Vermont and North Carolina! Serving as a VYCC AmeriCorps Member is an immeasurably rich experience. You will have the opportunity to work, travel, and make a difference. Corps Members will also participate in professional trainings, gain job-readiness skills and explore career opportunities with a variety of land management and natural resource agencies and organizations. Serve, and get a weekly living allowance and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.
Vermont Summer Corps Members work 3 or 7 week positions, most positions start in late June. All North Carolina Summer Corps Member positions run for 7 weeks.
The Summer Crew experience is a comprehensive residential opportunity to connect deeply with the natural world, as the crew is immersed in the outdoors for three or seven weeks. These back and front country crews either live, work, and learn in one location for the entire session, focusing on one specific project, or travel to different locations throughout the state completing a variety of conservation projects. Possible project opportunities include watershed restoration, trail building, historic preservation, invasive species removal, stone staircase building, and bridge construction.
Leadership Development Crews
Vermont Corps Member positions run for 7 weeks from late June to mid-August. No North Carolina positions available.
Leadership Development Crews offer a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals to refine their leadership skills. These crews are smaller in numbers, and are composed of older individuals who want to become stronger leaders. In addition to the typical Summer Crew responsibilities, Leadership Development Crew Leaders are responsible for facilitating a rigorous curriculum while managing technical projects. The VYCC offers a co-ed and all-female leadership development crew experience.
Room and Board
VYCC crews live, eat, and work together in the great outdoors of Vermont and North Carolina. Summer Crews are based out of campsites for 7 weeks where they prepare meals together and reside in VYCC issued tents; 6 month AmeriCorps Members live in VYCC tents while working, and can stay in lean-tos or tents on VYCC property in Richmond, VT (near the big red West Monitor Barn) during off-time if desired. Food is provided while in the field; during off-time it is the Corps Member’s responsibility.
“I feel like I grew to be a stronger, more independent individual over my time with the VYCC. I developed a better work ethic and learned to appreciate my job even on the worst of days. When I return home I feel like I can more clearly accomplish goals and work to a better future for myself.” – Christian, Conservation Crew 3, 2014
• Outdoor work environment. This is no office job!
• Gain new technical skills
• Learn from your crew members, our nationally-recognized WoRD book, and the natural world around you
• Become a part of the VYCC community and culture
• Make a real difference in the community and environment that will have lasting impacts
• Explore the great outdoors of Vermont or North Carolina!
• Competitive pay: Assistant Crew Leaders: $350/week and a $2150 AmeriCorps education award (if eligible)
Crew Leaders: $475/week
• Training Stipend
• Room and Board included
• Develop and refine your leadership skills
—Member Perks —
• AmeriCorps Members (6 months): $275/week, plus room and board, Wilderness First Aid certification, and $2822 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.
• Summer and Leadership Development Members (7 week or 3 week): $366/week (before withholdings)
For more details go to VYCC.org.
Getting Here and Getting Around
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is housed in the historic West Monitor Barn, visible from both I-89 and VT Route 2.
If driving north on I-89, take exit 10 (Waterbury). From the exit ramp, turn left on Route 100 South (towards Waterbury). Route 100 will dead end in one mile. Turn right on Route 2 West. The West Monitor Barn is located on the right side of Route 2, one mile after Jonesville.
If driving south on I-89, take exit 11 (Richmond). From the exit ramp, turn right on Route 2 East (towards Richmond). The West Monitor Barn is located on the left side of Route 2, two miles after the light in the town of Richmond.
Richmond is approximately 20 minutes south of Burlington (nearest airport), 35 minutes north of Montpelier (the state capital), and 3 hours northwest of Boston, MA.
Our main office address is:
1949 East Main St.
Richmond, VT 05477
Getting Around While You're Here
During the season, on summer crews, vehicles are provided by the VYCC to transport Corps Members and Leaders. AmeriCorps crews will not need their own personal vehicle for work purposes, but may choose to have one for off time.
Map: Illustration of ‘A Season with the VYCC’ by Marissa, Conservation Crew 1, 2014
Vermont is a fascinating combination of wooded hillsides, deep, still lakes and ponds, and wide open vistas through farm and pastureland. Vermont boasts 52 State Parks in a state that ranks 6th smallest in our country. VYCC crews work in many of these State Parks, as well as along high-use trails such as the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail. As a crew, you will have the opportunity to visit many of these places: to live and work in one of Vermont’s favorite parks, to hike into the woods to a remote section of trail to maintain or to canoe out to a campsite in need of repair.
On an AmeriCorps crew, you will have time off during the 6 month season in which you can leave the peaceful VYCC property that is 3 miles down the road from the small town of Richmond. You can explore Burlington (just 20 minutes north of the West Monitor Barn by car) or set off along a stretch of the AT or Long Trail that pass right by Camel’s Hump (the picturesque peak that is represented on our logo and is visible from the Barn).
The VYCC Headquarters is located at the heart of the Green Mountains, but the great thing about a small state is that you are never far from other places to explore! Lake Champlain, New York state’s Adirondack Mountains, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains are all within short driving distances. You can swim, paddle, hike, bike (Vermont is known for its premium mountain biking and racing trails), sail, find live music in Burlington, eat good food, or all of the above while in Vermont!
How to Apply
We are currently hiring Crew Leaders and Corps Members for the 2015 season! The VYCC fills positions on a rolling basis. Preference is given to early applicants. Crew Leader applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and at least 3 references along with their application. AmeriCorps Member applicants are required to submit a resume and 2 references.