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The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Position title : Conservation Trail Crew or Parks Restoration Crew Member
Start Date : 8/22/2019
End Date : 10/29/2019
Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc : Richmond
State / Territory : Vermont
We, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, believe young people change the world. Youth and young adults (ages 15-24) join VYCC for practical and hands-on work, personal growth, and deep connection to the natural world by working on farm and conservation crews across the state. Through this work, it’s VYCC’s mission to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another.
Over 250 young people will get paid this summer and fall to be Crew Members or Crew leaders as part of our award winning Conservation and Farm programs. #LetsDigIn
Individuals joining our Conservation Spike AmeriCorps Crew Members on August 22, 2019 are AmeriCorps members for 450 hour terms. Crews are staffed with 3-6 Crew Members (all young adults) and two Crew Leaders. We are hiring for three different crews:
- Parks Restoration Crew will work to restore historic infrastructure and build new structures with Vermont’s Forest Parks and Recreation Department with projects focusing on carpentry and masonry.
- Appalachian Trail Crew – This crew will work along the 100+ year old Appalachian Trail camping along the way. They will work on a variety of trail projects from rock work to trail clearing.
- Trail Crew – This crew will be working both in the Green (VT) and White (NH) Mountains, working from ridge lines to mountain bike trails. J They will build new trails as well as improve current trail systems.
These are a residential crews camping near their work-site for 4-week sessions. Each session is broken up with a “recharge week”, where the Crew Members are able to take 5-7 days off. During each session break, VYCC provides education and training opportunities, such as Wilderness First Aid Certifications, if Corps Members want to join.
- Serve 8-10 hours per day completing physically demanding tasks and projects.
- Camp and live in a variety of outdoor settings with a diverse crew of 6-8 people.
- Trail construction and maintenance including drainages, rock staircases, retaining walls, and step stones
- Watershed restoration
- Carpentry including bridges, kiosks, and staircases
- Invasive species removal
- Participate in the WoRD program (writing, reading, and discussion), VYCC’s educational component meant to generate group discussion and individual reflection
- Participate in orientation, pre-season training, and scheduled trainings throughout term of service.
- Adhere to the policies and practices put forth by VYCC and AmeriCorps.
- Over 18 years of age.
- A desire to do your part and change the world with us.
- Openness to learning, working hard outside, meeting new people, and receiving feedback.
- Willingness and commitment to following all immediate and general crew policies.
- Able to join a crew for the full season/term of service.
- Uphold the VYCC mission
- Weekly stipend of $250, paid bi-weekly
- AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of$1,566.14 (based on number of hours served)
- Transportation at beginning and end of Corps Members’ term of service and transportation during sessions.
- Recreation and Educational opportunities throughout session and during session breaks, including Wilderness First Aid Certifications.
- Access to our robust Alumni network for career, college, and general networking connections.
- Career and college pathway support and counseling.
- Awesome “office” views of the Green Mountains and valleys.
- Member of a dynamic organization with tremendous impact on Vermont’s youth and environment.
- Farm fresh food from our farm!
Recruitment and Member Services Manager
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
802.434.3969 ext. 131 (w)
For more information about VYCC, please head to our website at www.vycc.org/join