Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Pro Crew Leader Positions

Posted: March 23, 2021
Time Commitment: Varied June through October


Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is seeking Pro Crew Leaders who can both manage complex, hands-on projects and also engage their Crew Members in personal and professional growth. A successful Pro Crew Leader is able to be an effective teacher and mentor, working with Members to develop their technical abilities. Crew Leaders manage the worksite to keep the project moving and ensure the crew’s work is high quality. If you are excited to dig in, get dirty and help guide this crew of experienced crew member, this position is for you. Pro Crews specialize in one of four project areas (Trails, Build, Forestry, and Water Chestnut) and the projects they complete having a meaningful impact on communities.

Job Responsibilites

Crew Teambuilding, Education & Supervision

  • Foster teamwork among Crew Members, lead by example, and support Crew Members as they navigate challenges and successes
  • Conduct trainings for Crew Members in areas such as proper tool use, first aid, workplace safety, leadership, and effective communication
  • Follow and enforce VYCC policies and procedures including the rapidly evolving Covid-19 related protocols
  • Model appropriate Covid-19 safety for members including masking, distancing, and proper hygiene

Crew Member Development

  • Foster and model a supportive and encouraging environment on crew
  • Conduct feedback meetings that help Crew Members set goals, assess growth, and celebrate progress

Project Accomplishment

  • Coordinate work projects with project sponsors and VYCC staff
  • Collect, process, and organize project data in the field
  • Maintain production, quality, and safety standards for crew
  • Effectively communicate and ensure completion of project goals
  • Perform physical work safely in all weather conditions

Communication & Reporting

  • Develop reports for projects, equipment, budget, Crew Member development, education, and safety
  • Maintain regular communication with crew supervisor, VYCC headquarters staff, and project partners

Required Qualifications

  • Be at least 21 years of age (there is no upper age limit)
  • Ability to lead and be part of a team made up of diverse individuals
  • Experience in teaching, mentoring, or group facilitation
  • Willingness to work hard, in all types of weather and environments
  • Experience in risk management and being responsible for the health and safety of others
  • Ability to uphold and enforce all VYCC rules and policies
  • Experience in providing and receiving feedback, and creating a culture of learning and growth
  • Ability to adapt to change and move outside of comfort zones
  • Excellent time management and organizational
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • CPR Certification & Wilderness First Aid (if needed, COVID permitting, VYCC provides a WFA Course pre-season)
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record for at least 3 years
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal background check
  • Meets technical skill qualifications in at least one of the four Pro Crew types:

Trails: (mid-June through October or August through October)

Previous experience in:

  • Constructing staircases and retaining walls using dry stone masonry techniques
  • Construct rolling contour trails with full bench construction
  • Maintaining trails using standards in the USFS Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

Water Chestnut: (June through August)

  • Pursuing a degree or having demonstrated interest in Biology or Earth Science
  • Prior experience in canoes or kayaks or paddlesports safety training
  • Prior experience with GIS/GPS, or willingness to learn

Forestry: (mid-August through October)

  • USFS Level B Sawyer/Game of Logging #3 or ability to complete training prior to start date
  • Prior experience with felling of moderate difficulty including ability to plan for and navigate hang-ups, directional felling, and side/forward leaning trees
  • Proficient in local species identification

Build: (mid-June through October)

  • Minimum 1 year experience in residential construction
  • Ability to read schematic diagrams, blueprints, sketches, and building plans
  • Ability to teach proper power tool use including miter saw, table saw, drills, drivers, nailers, and other common construction tools


Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience working for a conservation corps or similar organization
  • Prior experience leading small groups or teams
  • Prior experience living and working in the outdoors for an extended period of time, in all weather conditions

Salary and Benefits

Compensation & Benefits: $560 – 585/week. CPR Certification & Wilderness First Aid Training (if needed, COVID permitting). Educational learning opportunities with professionals in the field of conservation and workplace skills. College and career pathways support with VYCC’s Recruitment and Alumni Manager. Access to our robust Alumni network for future adventures and career assistance.

Application Process

Please apply online at https://www.vycc.org/apply/procrew/. For any questions, please contact Pilar Lopez- Gomez, VYCC’s Conservation Program Manager, [email protected]


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