Equip young people with the tools to make a difference in the world with this outdoor job adventure!
You'll be camping, living, and working in some of the East Coast's most prized outdoor destinations!
- All across Vermont and North Carolina
- $500.00 / week
- Some experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in 3 months (May 23, 2018)
Work, live, and learn with a group of youth or young adults.
Complete interesting and meaningful agriculture and conservation projects.
Exceed your own expectations of what you can accomplish.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps has been serving Vermont youth and communities since 1985. Programming includes paid and credit-bearing opportunities for young people, ages 15-24, 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.
Seeking experienced leaders to spend a season guiding youth and young adults in Vermont and North Carolina. Positions are three to five months, starting May 23rd and running through August 20th or October 31st. This fun and challenging leadership opportunities begin 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 in conservation or agriculture. Conservation crew projects include: bridges, stone staircases, trails, habitat improvement, state park infrastructure, and erosion mitigation.
Agriculture crew projects include: vegetable production for the Health Care Share, a program that connects families in need with fresh produce, as well as livestock management, greenhouse production, and nutrition education. 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 (15-24 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, Crew Leader
Compensation includes competitive weekly pay, room and board. Some positions are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award.
Additional benefits: pro-deals and discounts on outdoor gear; scholarship of $1000 available to VYCC alumni accepted to attend Sterling College; discounted tuition at Green Mountain College. Gain and hone technical and leadership skills with training and support from VYCC’s experienced staff. Some positions are targeted to develop specific skill sets, such as carpentry, trail assessment, and GIS, or watershed protection. Others work with specific partners such as the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation or the US Forest Service.
- Applicants must be at least 20 years old and have a current First Aid/CPR certification by start date.
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations
- Strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions
- Conservation: Trail work, carpentry, and/or watershed work experience preferred
- Agriculture: previous farming experience encouraged, but not required
- Leadership experience with diverse groups of young people; outdoor leadership experience preferred
- Maturity, optimism and a sense of humor
- Belief in VYCC's mission to teach personal responsibility
- A good driving record and a valid driver's license held for a minimum of 3 years
- Willingness to undergo a criminal background check
Questions? Email Pilar.Lopez-Gomez@vycc.org.
How to Apply
Positions are filled on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants. Submit a resume, cover letter, and at least three references along with your online application. Apply now!