Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

We believe young people change the world.

The model for a successful VYCC experience is consistent: small, diverse groups of young people working on significant projects. High expectations, hard work, and crew-oriented activities rich with educational experiences draw youth from a variety of backgrounds together to live, work, and recreate as a tight-knit community.

Our office is located in Richmond, VT.

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About Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

We believe young people change the world.

Our model is built off a national conservation Corps model that links the core methods of learning, service to community, and paying jobs for young people. Each year we pay over 250 young people (ages 15-26) to do hands-on work in farming and conservation projects via our small crews across the state of Vermont. These amazing experiences help develop each Corps Member’s leadership, teamwork, understanding and embrace of inclusion and equity, and larger professional skills.

Now hiring Crew Leader and Crew Members for the Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 Season! 

The Employee Experience

VYCC is challenging by design. We believe that young people discover their true potential when things get tough. Our programs set you up for success with training, support, and resources that nurture the development of:

  • Grit & Resiliency—When you join a VYCC Crew, you are tested physically, emotionally, and mentally. There will be rain, bugs, and mud but these experiences provide opportunities to rise to the challenge. With the support of your Crew, you will become stronger and more resilient.
  • Service — VYCC is dedicated to making this world a better place, but we can’t do it without you. With your help, we will build trails that increase access to the outdoors, create backcountry infrastructure that support our state lands, grow fresh food for Vermonters in need, and improve water quality. Join the hundreds of VYCC Corps Members who make a difference in Vermont every year.
  • Leadership— Leaders aren’t born, they are inspired. Every day on a VYCC crew will be filled with opportunities to engage, aspire, and grow. This is your chance to be the spark that ignites your crew and your community.

Every season, VYCC Corps Members rise to the occasion when faced with the hard work that defines life on a VYCC crew. It takes a willingness to push yourself and, for this reason, VYCC may not be for everyone. But if you are ready to dig in, with a spirit of curiosity and courage, then this is the place for you. Believe in yourself, you got this.

Diverse crews are strong crews. We believe we are strongest when VYCC represents all members of our community. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse experience for our Corps Members. VYCC, along with many other Corps in the country, are committed to reducing barriers and ensuring that people can see themselves on a VYCC crew.

Ideal Candidate

VYCC is challenging by design. There will be mud, bugs, sore feet, and tired hands. But there will also be sunny days, campfires, personal connection, and an ability to enact positive change. If you are excited to dig in, get dirty, and help make communities and individuals stronger and more resilient, this job is for you.

A successful Crew Leader is able to foster an inclusive and supportive crew community, help Crew Members navigate challenges and celebrate successes, and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

A successful Crew Member is able to be a part of a supportive and inclusive crew community, navigate and learn from challenges, and strive towards personal and professional growth.

Room and Board

All camping crews receive full room and board while on crew. That looks like a budget for food, and weekly farm shares, as well as all the gear and tools needed to camp comfortably. Gear assistance available for personal gear or clothing as needed. 

 

Employee Perks

Leader Compensation 

  • $535 – 585/week, exempt from overtime 
  • CPR Certification & Wilderness First Aid Training (if needed, COVID permitting)
  • On the job learning opportunities to expand technical skill knowledge through the season
  • College and career pathways support through VYCC’s Recruitment and Alumni Manager
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for future adventures and career assistance

Member Compensation

  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $250 per week paid biweekly
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service (service terms vary by member)
    • 300 Hours: $1,311.11
    • 450 Hours: $1,638.89
    • 675 Hours: $2,360.00
  • Crew Members may be eligible for student loan forbearance
  • In-season learning opportunities to expand technical skill knowledge through the season
  • College and career pathways support through VYCC’s Recruitment and Alumni Manager
  • Access to our robust Alumni network for future adventures and career assistance

Getting Here and Getting Around

Getting Here
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is housed in the historic West Monitor Barn, visible from both I-89 and VT Route 2 at 1949 East Main Street Richmond, VT 05477. Richmond, VT is approximately 20 minutes south of Burlington (nearest airport), 35 minutes north of Montpelier. 

Getting Around
During the season, on Camping Crews, vehicles are provided by the VYCC to transport Corps Members and Leaders. 

How to Apply

Please apply online for Leaders and Members positions. 

For the leader application, be prepared to submit one PDF containing a Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References. 


Contact Vermont Youth Conservation Corps