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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:
No

Position title :
AmeriCorps Camping Crew Member

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc :
Richmond

State / Territory :
Vermont

Benefits :
AmeriCorps, Education Award, Housing – Primarily Camping

Project/Program Focus :
Forestry, Habitat Restoration, Invasive Species Mngmt, Trails

Organization/Program Description :

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is a 501c3 nonprofit focused on engaging young people in service, work, conservation, and agriculture. Since 1985, VYCC staff have provided valuable work and learning opportunities to youth and young adults from across the country and from nearly every town in Vermont. Our model is strong and simple: young people, working together, guided by highly trained leaders, completing priority projects in conservation and agriculture.

Position Description :

VYCC is seeking Crew Members to serve on Conservation Crews that benefit Vermont’s environment and communities. 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. 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 position is for you. 

Program Overview
VYCC’s Conservation Program engages young people in hands-on projects that benefit Vermont’s environment and communities. The work of a Conservation Crew includes trail construction and maintenance, carpentry, water quality improvement, and forest management. Conservation Camping Crews tackle projects all across Vermont, moving
from one project to another as they serve and live together as a group for weeks at a time. Many of our projects are made possible through collaboration between VYCC and AmeriCorps.

Work Environment
Crew Members spend most of their time outdoors, working with a team while also interacting with project sponsors, community members, and VYCC staff. Crew Member positions require living in a tent in a camp setting.

Prohibited Activities

In accordance with 45CFR 2520.65, AmeriCorps members may
not perform prohibited service activities directly or indirectly while in service. The
prohibited activities are outlined in one’s Member Service Agreement

Job Duties :

Essential Functions
Crew Community Building
•Participate in creating a supportive and inclusive crew community by being a part of all crew activities and communicating personal and professional needs
•Engage with personal and crew goals through goal setting, reflection and feedback processes
•Uphold all policies and procedures of VYCC and AmeriCorps

Project Accomplishments
• Complete meaningful conservation projects including, but not limited to: Trail construction and maintenance, watershed restoration, carpentry including construction of bridges, kiosks, and staircases, habitat enhancement, and trail survey and assessment
•Serve approximately 40 hours/week between Monday and Friday

Education and Training
• Participate in AmeriCorps Orientation, pre-season training, and scheduled trainings throughout term of service
•Participate in learning and growth opportunities throughout service

Safety
•Perform service safely in all weather conditions, including bringing all safety gear to the project site and using tools and equipment properly
•Maintain a drug-free worksite and campsite

Requirements :

Required Qualifications
Be a U.S. citizen, a national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
Be at least 18 years of age
Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED as part of their service-year successful completion requirement
 Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check
A desire to do your part and change the world with us
Ability to be part of a team made up of diverse individuals
Willingness to engage in an immersive community environment with your crew
Ability to adapt to change and move outside of comfort zones
Willingness to work hard, in all types of weather and environments
Applicants must have readily available access to personal quarantine space and an emergency contact in Vermont

Preferred Qualifications
 Clear and effectively communication skills
 Ability to care for self physically, emotionally, and socially

Additional Benefits :
  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $300 per week paid biweekly
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of
    service- $1,311.11
  • Eligible for financial support to purchase personal gear needed for the season (pants, boots, rain gear)
  • 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
Contact Information :

For any questions, please contact Halle Harklau, VYCC’s Conservation Program Coordinator, [email protected]

Additional Information :

Selection Process includes service application, interview, and screening including background checks. Post-Offer Requirement: Applicant must participate in and
successfully pass a criminal history background check.