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Advanced Trail Crew Member

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

6/3/2024 - 11/2/2024

Application window

4/14/2024 - 8/20/2024


Richmond, Vermont

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

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 Crew Members are essential to the success of any Conservation Crew and their efforts have a significant impact on habitat, water quality, and outdoor recreation in Vermont.  

Opportunity description

Advanced Trail Crews complete trail projects including trail maintenance, dry stone masonry, new trail construction, and more, often in backcountry settings. Advanced Crew Members gain the technical skills to help them be competitive in their next adventures, complete projects that benefit Vermont’s people and landscapes, and build their networks by working alongside project partners. All Crews work and camp together Monday through Friday and have weekends off.


  • Education benefit
  • Workforce credential or certificate
  • Mental and behavioral health benefits

Requirements and qualifications


Prior trails and/or extensive backcountry experience. Ability to perform strenuous physical work safely in all weather conditions. Ability to hike in steep or uneven terrain, lift and carry heavy tools, gear or materials. Eagerness for extensive camping with limited accommodations and support. Must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a national, or legal permanent resident non-citizen of the US. Be a graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED.

Preferred qualifications

Prior trails or backcountry experience. Vehicles are strongly encouraged for off-time transportation. Headquarters is not located in a walkable area with little to no public transit.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Stormwater management
  • Environmental justice
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Soil and water conservation

Work environment

  • Team based
  • Rural
  • Traveling
  • Outdoor