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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News March 2010

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News March 2010 Richmond Vermont

posted at 12:14 pm Wed Mar 17th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Now Hiring: - $50 Bonus for Every Successful Crew Leader Applicant you Recommend!

We need your help in finding energetic, talented, and responsible young Vermonters. The West Monitor Barn is buzzing: staff are lining up projects, preparing for trainings, and hiring hundreds of Crew Leaders and Corps Members! If you or someone you know is interested in a summer unlike any other, apply now!

And as many of you know, we place a premium on exceptional leadership. To thank those who make helpful recommendations, we will award $50 for every Crew Leader we hire. Be sure to have applicants tell us of your referral - this offer only applies to Crew Leaders, not Crew Members.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we are fielding 25 Crews - the most we've ever had. Crew Leading for the VYCC is a chance to work outside, to make a lasting contribution to Vermont's landscape, and to be a role model for younger Corps Members . Field Staff must be comfortable working long days outdoors and in challenging settings - a positive attitude is essential. Rewards include long-lasting friendships, laughter, great memories, career development, and a competitive paycheck.

Depending on the program, there are two different start dates. Spring Crews begin on April 26th and will be working with the US Forest Service (USFS) and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR). Crew Leaders train in the Green Mountain National Forest where they will work on spring trail clearing projects and receive specialty tool trainings, including chainsaw certification by the US Forest Service. At the same time, other Crew Leaders will prepare to run Elmore and Quechee State Parks.

This is a great opportunity for those looking to gain specific work experience with the US Forest Service and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The VYCC has a long partnership with these agencies, and many VYCC alumni now have rewarding USFS and FPR careers: Jeremy Krohn, USFS Civil Engineering Technician; Nick Caputo, FPR Regional Ranger Supervisor; Erin Jacobs, FPR Ranger at Smugglers Notch State Park; Andrew Willard, FPR Assistant Ranger; and Leslie Porter who currently works in the FPR Regional Office.

Crew Leader training for our summer Conservation Program begins on May 24th at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond. The majority of Crew Leader positions run through the end of August though a few opportunities stretch into the fall.

Crew Leaders must be at least 22 years old, and ideally - though it's not essential- have a background in parks and recreation management, environmental studies, or related fields. All applicants should have previous leadership experience, excellent organization and communication skills, a strong work ethic, an ability to work long days in challenging conditions, maturity, optimism, and a sense of humor. To learn more about all VYCC leadership positions click here.

Or, if you know of someone you think would be a great leader for the VYCC, please have them contact Katherine Buell at (802) 434-3969 extension 135. They may also complete an online application at


With the warmer months approaching, the Monitor Barns Farm will start growing a significant amount of food for local food shelves. We will also provide a transformative educational experience for the young people enrolled in our programs. To help those in need, and to create a sustainable program for young Vermonters, we are selling CSA shares.

Share members receive 20 weeks of food grown and raised by VYCC students, Crew Members, and AmeriCorps interns. Those who purchase shares will support VYCC andMaple Wind Farm efforts to provide food for the Vermont Foodbank and the Richmond Food Shelf.

So......the ground is thawing, starter seeds are planted, and it's time to sign up for your CSA share. And, you can save 10% if you join by April 1st!

If you have enough food already, please consider purchasing a vegetable or poultry CSA share to donate to a local food shelf.

To purchase a share, or to learn more about our new partnership, visit or call mailto:Amanda Payne, VYCC Farm Coordinator at 802.434.3969, ext. 145.


The ski season is ending soon, but there is still snow up in them thar hills. So, grab your skis, grab your board, and grab two cans of food for half-price lift tickets at Bolton Valley Resort.

Bolton has been a longtime friend of the VYCC and to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary, skiers and riders who bring two items of nonperishable food can purchase lift tickets for $25 on March 25.

This month marks the third and final "Drive To 25" of the season, and we have already gathered 650 pounds of food. We need your help to reach our goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food for the Richmond Food Shelf.


The First Annual Bolton to the Barns backcountry ski tour was, in the words of one skier, "the best day on skis I've ever had!"

Under sunny skies, 48 brave and pioneering skiers made it from the Bolton Nordic Center to the West Monitor Barns. Together, this fantastic group raised over $11,500 for VYCC programs, exceeding our expectations and raising the bar higher for next year.

Thanks to all who skied and to all who gave - between the gorgeous weather, delicious food, and happy skiers, this event was a huge success. But don't take our word for it, take a look at this fun slideshow and see for yourself.

We hope to see you on the trail next year!

P.S. Check out the fancy tricks and all that powder on the second-to-last slide....

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Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Richmond, VT 05477 (Set as Local)

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