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2018 field staff positions availble (The Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC))

Organization The Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
Location 1949 East Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a 501c3 service, conservation, and youth development organization. Our mission is to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. To instill these skills and values, VYCC enrolls young people in paid work opportunities. Our model is strong and simple: Youth Corps Members work together in small groups, guided by highly trained Crew Leaders, to complete high priority projects in conservation and agriculture.  

Headquartered on historic Vermont farmland, our Food and Farm program employs youth and young adults in the Health Care Share, a community-based public health project that connects Vermont families unable to afford or access nutritious food with a weekly share of farm fresh produce.

Available positions include:

AmeriCorps Project Lead – This position involves both food production and programmatic aspects of the Health Care Share, including guiding youth crews and volunteers working on the project.  

During pre-season months, Project Leads focus on Health Care Share project planning, Food & Finance curriculum refinement, and preparing for youth crews. During the summer field season, Project Leads coordinate project details and logistics, facilitate Food & Finance classes, and provide a productive, safe working environment for youth crews to grow and deliver Health Care Shares to partnering medical centers. During the Fall season, Project Leads coordinate the remaining weeks of the Health Care Share, arranging and leading projects for volunteers and afterschool youth crews

AmeriCorps Team Leaders 

Crew Leaders are responsible for leading a crew of 4-8 high school youth through daily work and education projects, including the harvest, wash and pack of all Health Care Share produce. They act as teachers, coaches, and role models to Youth Corps Members while building a healthy, safe, and positive community for their crew. Crew Leaders collaborate with their peers, Project Leads, and year-round Farm staff to complete agriculture projects to high standards while using the experience in food and farming to train youth in life and job skills.   

AmeriCorps Leadership Development Crew –

LDC is a peer-led team of 6-8 young people (21-27 yrs) who live and work together to grow produce and raise poultry for the Health Care Share, while teaching and mentoring our high school Youth Corps Members. LDC Members live with their crew in yurts or lean-tos, have access to community living spaces with modern amenities and all food grown on farm (vegetables, eggs, meat). LDC is an experience for individuals interested in vegetable and livestock production, construction, youth development, and all things food. Most importantly, LDC is an experience for people who want to join a team and work together to meet a larger goal: providing job training youth and fresh food to families in need.

* In all positions, we are looking for adults who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people as teachers, mentors, and role models. Excellent Leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success. 

Date Posted December 29th, 2017
Deadline May 1st, 2018
# of Positions Available 10+
Type Full Time
Compensation Compensation: AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm food, [PF3] and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. On-campus housing is required for LDC Members. Limited housing is available for Project Leads and Crew Leaders[PF4] ; please inquire to learn more.
How to Apply VYCC fills positions on a rolling basis: With any additional questions contact Andrew at

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