NorthWoods Stewardship Center

154 Leadership Drive
Island Pond, Vermont

Backcountry Conservation Corps Youth Crew Members


Actively Recruiting: Yes
Position title: Backcountry Conservation Corps Youth Crew Members
Type of Position: Corpsmember (Crew)
Town, City, Park, etc: East Charleston
State / Territory: Vermont
Benefits: Housing – Primarily Camping
Project/Program Focus: Trails

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The NorthWoods Conservation Corps (NWCC) is a hands-on education and conservation based education and employment opportunity for youth throughout New England. The NWCC has been providing young people with this important opportunity since 1995 as well as demonstrating a commitment to strengthening natural resource conservation, stewardship and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities in Vermont and throughout New England.


Position Overview:

Crew members (ages 14-18) are hired each year to work on the backcountry crew. They are selected through a competitive application process and supervised by a trained leadership team. Successful candidates receive a weekly wage plus hands-on education and employment experience. Members must be willing to meet the challenges of working in the outdoors by demonstrating maturity, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic. A commitment to the environment and to their local communities is essential.

Crew members work at different locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Projects vary by year and location, but generally include trail maintenance and construction, improving wildlife habitat, studying and protecting wildlife populations, removing invasive species, addressing water quality issues, and maintaining critical infrastructure.

The crew works and camps out of a backcountry “spike” camp Monday-Friday and returns home on the weekends. While camping, the crew members will be participating in camp life by helping to make communal meals, gathering water from local water sources, and helping to construct a camp fire. Gear necessary to cook in the backcountry will be provided to the crew by NorthWoods. Camping gear and other necessary gear (tents, mess kit, sleeping bags, frame pack, etc.) can be provided to crew members if needed.


Employment Period: June 26th – August 4th, 2023 (One training day the week prior may be required)

Work week: 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm (includes a 30-minute unpaid lunch break).




Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work alongside 4-5 other crew members while completing priority conservation projects
  • Participate and engage in the crew’s Education Project
  • Respond to and work with leadership team in a respectful and productive manner
  • Promote a safe work environment for fellow crew members and the public
  • Maintain a positive attitude and enthusiasm to learn more about conservation and natural resource management


Candidates should possess, at a minimum, the following:

  • Interest in developing skills and experience in natural resource conservation and management
  • Commitment to protecting and improving the quality of the environment for human and natural communities
  • The ability to work responsibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Capable of performing strenuous physical labor under variety of outdoor conditions (ie. summer heat, bugs, rain etc.)
  • Experience in conservation, carpentry, landscaping/gardening, or farm/woods work a plus
  • Candidates must be at least 14 years old by June 26, 2023

Please consider applying for this position even if you do not meet all the qualifications, or currently possess the preferred skills and knowledge. The review committee values a wide range of experience and education related to this position, and NorthWoods is committed to professional development to train the best candidate. 

Reports to:  Blase Saucedo, Conservation Corps Assistant Director; and Dusty May, Conservation Corps Director

How to Apply: Please fill out the application available at this link:

If assistance is needed during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact NorthWoods for support. Please reach out to Blase Saucedo, [email protected], Dusty May, [email protected] or (802) 723-6551 x304.

Hiring Timeline:  Application deadline is April 30th but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis – apply early!

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NorthWoods:

People of every race, color, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, belief system and background are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation will be made for applicants with disabilities.  NorthWoods believes that diversity in our workplace is essential to building vibrant human and natural communities, and strives to provide opportunities for everyone without discrimination.

Providing a Safe Workplace during COVID-19:

NorthWoods has implemented health and safety guidelines for all staff and visitors. These protocols include staying at home when feeling unwell, wearing face masks indoors and in vehicles, and requires quarantine if confirmed COVID 19 positive.  We anticipate that we will require all staff to be fully vaccinated beginning in February 2023, unless legal exemption applies. Protocols will continue to evolve based on guidance from the CDC and State of Vermont.

About NorthWoods:

NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit conservation and education organization based in East Charleston, Vermont.  We serve the communities of Northern Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as facilitating conservation projects and programs throughout New England.  Our main lodge and facilities are part of a 1,500 acre conserved campus and demonstration forest, open to the public, year-round. We achieve our mission to connect people and place through the synergy of four program areas:  Environmental Education, the Conservation Corps, Conservation Science, and Forest Stewardship. Learn more at