Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
This Will Be the Most Rewarding Outdoor Job Adventure of Your Life!
Work, live, and learn with a group of young adults. Complete interesting and meaningful agriculture and conservation projects. Exceed your own expectations of what you can accomplish.
Lead a crew on projects, camp life, and education. Or, join a crew as a Corps Member and gain work skills, camp skills, and have an unforgettable team experience. Be challenged, make a real difference, and have a lot of fun along the way.
Who We Are
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps has been serving Vermont youth and communities since 1985. Programming includes paid and credit-bearing opportunities for young people, ages 16-24, in conservation and sustainable agriculture. VYCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission of teaching young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another.
Conservation Crew Leader Positions
Seeking experienced leaders to spend a season guiding youth and young adults in Vermont and North Carolina. Positions are three to five months, with start dates of April 25 and May 22. This fun and challenging leadership opportunity begins with a paid residential training program on VYCC’s 400-acre campus.
As part of a crew leading team, you will serve as a teacher, work supervisor, and role model for a crew of five to eight Corps Members. You and your co-leader will guide your crew to successfully complete important projects such as bridges, stone staircases, trails, habitat improvement, state park infrastructure, and erosion mitigation. You will build a community, oversee the health and safety of your crew, and teach both life and job skills. You must be ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people (16-24 years old).
“I’m glad for this chance to learn how to develop not just myself, but an entire group of young leaders. I’ve acquired skills from simple things - organizing weekend activities, dividing chores, creating a meal plan. Every day Members grow and change, and I make sure to keep up with them the entire way.” – Thomas, 2015 Crew Leader
Compensation includes competitive weekly pay, room and board. Some positions are eligible for an education award.
Additional benefits: pro-deals and discounts on outdoor gear; scholarship of $1000 available to VYCC alumni accepted to attend Sterling College. Gain and hone technical and leadership skills with training and support from VYCC’s experienced staff.
Conservation Corps Member Positions
“I feel lucky that I have been given the chance to work and live with 9 different, interesting, and pretty awesome people.” – Sally, 2015 Corps Member
Do you want to do something different this summer? Make a difference, learn new skills, work outdoors, and get paid for it. Corps Members employed by the VYCC enjoy intense and challenging summers. Join a crew of young people to complete conservation projects and make a lasting contribution to local communities and the environment. You need to be prepared to work hard and learn more than you could possibly imagine about your surroundings and yourself.
“We work hard until the evening: build long board walks in the mud, axe out stumps in the hot sun, pick up ancient litter in a forest. I’m proud to say we made it. There are things you would not imagine you could do.” – Ariana, 2015 Corps Member
Even if you’ve never held a hammer or stuck your hands in the mud before, you’ll get to complete projects such as:
Building and improving trails
Building wood bridges and stone staircases
Repairing riverbanks and reducing erosion
Improving wildlife habitat
Positions are available beginning in May, June, and July. Youth (ages 16-18) can apply for 4- or 8-week opportunities. We offer spike (camping) crews, and weekday only crews (7a-5p M-F). Young adults (ages 18-24) can apply for 4 or 5 month spike opportunities.
In partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, VYCC offers conservation crews in North Carolina (NCYCC). If you are interested in working on one of these crews, please fill out the NCYCC Corps Member Application or indicate on your Crew Leader application that you are interested in leading a NCYCC crew.
You are ready to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations. You embrace challenge and think positively. You enjoy the outdoors, and want to work with your hands to make a difference in your community. You have a strong desire to work, play, and learn in a group setting. You always aim to make the most of any situation, and are open to giving and receiving feedback. If this sounds like you, we want you to join us!
• Competitive pay: Crew Leaders earn $475-550/week; Assistant Crew Leaders receive a $350/week living stipend plus a $1515 or $2182 AmeriCorps education award (if eligible)
• Enjoy and outdoor work environment - this is no office job!
• Gain new technical skills
• Develop and refine your leadership skills
• Become a part of the VYCC community and culture
• Make a real difference in the community and environment that will have lasting impacts
• Room and Board included
- Learn and practice new skills: technical project skills, outdoor living skills, job skills and professionalism, conservation education, teamwork, confidence, and leadership
- Make a positive contribution to your crew, the environment, and local communities
- Pro-deals and discounts with select local businesses
- Opportunity to earn academic or internship credit
- Scholarship of $1000 available to all VYCC alumni accepted to attend Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT.
- Make lifelong friendships!
- Have an experience of a lifetime!
*See specific crew types to review compensation and service benefits
For more details go to VYCC.org.
Life on a Crew
Vermont is a beautiful combination of wooded hillsides, mountains, various 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 in local communities, National Forests, National Parks, and other state lands. As a crew you may choose to go on a hike, visit a new State Park, meet with a State Forester, or visit a local museum on weekends. Wherever you happen to be living and working, you are sure to see new places, meet new people, and get deeply involved in your immediate surroundings.
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.
Richmond, VT is approximately 20 minutes south of Burlington (nearest airport), 35 minutes north of Montpelier (the state capital), and 3 hours northwest of Boston, MA.
During the season, on Spike Crews, vehicles are provided by the VYCC to transport Corps Members and Leaders. On Community Crews, both Corps Members and Leaders will need a reliable personal means of transportation to travel to the crew base each day.
Map: Illustration of ‘A Season with the VYCC’ by Marissa, Conservation Crew 1, 2014
How to Apply
We are currently hiring Crew Leaders and Corps Members for the 2016 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.