Short-Term Job Adventures Vermont
Dominating Vermont's geography are the Green Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. The region is well known for maple syrup, fine cheeses, pastoral landscapes, family farms and, of course, Ben & Jerry's. It is also considered to be one of the most rural states in the country, and as such, a real treasure for the outdoor enthusiast.
Crew Leaders, Assistant Crew Leaders and Corps Members
Throughout Vermont, North Carolina and other nearby states
Go on the outdoor job adventure of a lifetime, make a difference, gain experience and get paid for it! Work, live, and learn with a group of youth and young adults. Complete interesting and meaningful agriculture and conservation projects. Exceed your own expectations of what you can accomplish. Be challenged, make a real difference, and have a lot of fun along the way. This is a rich experience that will have lifetime benefits! Positions are located in Vermont and North Carolina with varied start/end dates from late March to November. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
1949 East Main St.
Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 434-3969 ext. 200
(802) 434-3985 fax
View the experience and explore all current job openings.
House Advisors/Crew Leaders
The Ranch is situated on 700 acres of farm, forest, and pastureland in Vermont's Green Mountains. The woods are crisscrossed by various hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the property near Spring Lake, one of the quietest and most pristine lakes in Vermont. The Ranch is convenient to Rutland, and to several downhill ski resorts (including Killington and Okemo mountains) and Burlington is an easy day trip away.
Engage in the lives of others and the life of the land. Share your skills, talents and warmth with a diverse community of people trying to lead more fulfilling lives. Play in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Join the Spring Lake Ranch team as a House Advisor/Crew Leader for at least six months and receive $327/week, private room, all meals, full medical & dental, two weeks paid vacation and sick time in the first year, educational opportunities and use of the entire facilities. Job opportunities are available throughout the year.
A Day in the Life: The house advising job brings men and women, often recently out of college, to Spring Lake Ranch for six months to two years. Learn about becoming a shadow warrior or how the team contributes a steady stream of energy, creativity, enthusiasm and a willingness to give of themselves to the residents.
Human Resource Director
Spring Lake Ranch
1169 Spring Lake Rd.
Cuttingsville, VT 05738
(802) 492-2285 fax
Camp Counselors, Senior Support Staff, Activity Heads, Carpenters, Cooks & Kitchen Staff, Drivers, Farmers, Gardeners, Maintenance Workers, Nurses & Health Support Staff, Outdoor Educators, Special Event Coordinators, Trip Leaders & Interns
F&W is located in south central Vermont, nestled in a beautiful verdant valley near the village of Plymouth, and situated on 500 acres next to Woodward Reservoir, a clear and cool lake perfect for swimming and boating.
With summer and year-round programs that blend wilderness experiences, organic farms and gardens, living in community, cooperative work and service, life of the spirit and homegrown (and unplugged) creative arts, Farm & Wilderness hires over 300 seasonal staff members each year. The F&W staff is made up of "doers." They have backpacked in the Sierras, run food drives for the homeless, worked to clean up the environment, promoted the concept of world peace, played in bands, built houses, operated farms, and climbed in the Himalayas. In any given year, more than half are returning for another season. If you are passionate about working with children and committed to community, apply now at FarmandWilderness.org.
Human Resources Manager
Farm & Wilderness Foundation
263 Farm and Wilderness Rd.
Plymouth, VT 05056
(802) 422-3761 ext. 233
(802) 422-8660 fax
• Year after year Farm & Wilderness is voted one of the best places to work in Vermont!
Wilderness Therapy Guides
Located in the mountains above the beautiful Mad River Valley of central Vermont, True North's main field area is a lush green forest surrounding a picturesque hillside retreat
As a small and intimate therapeutic wilderness program, True North provides personalized therapeutic interventions for adolescents ages 14-17 and for young adults ages 18-22. Wilderness Therapy Guides will create unique experiences for students that integrates the development of interpersonal and life skills, small group living, experiential activities, daily journal writing and personal reflection, and adventure-based expeditions. To apply email your cover letter, resume and 3 references (include phone & email) to the Field Department. Now interviewing and inviting people to join their next hiring seminar.
True North Wilderness Program
P.O. Box 857
Waitsfield, VT 05673
(802) 583-1104 fax
Farm Apprentices (Certificate in Sustainable Farming)
Burlington (various farms in the region)
The six-month, intensive University of Vermont Farmer Training Program offers aspiring farmers the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and farmers and rotate as workers and learners between successful, diverse farms at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont. The program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation. This full-time, tuition-based program runs from May 8th through October 27th, 2017 and is limited to 25 students. Review the application process or contact S’ra DeSantis for more information. Applications will be reviewed monthly through March 1st and admission into the program will be offered on a rolling basis until the program and wait list are full.
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UVM’s Sustainable Food Systems Movement!
• Vermont is the hub for the sustainable food systems movement and the University of Vermont is cultivating leaders! Explore more one-of-a kind programs for students at all levels.
Farmer Training Program
The University of Vermont
460 South Prospect
Burlington, VT 55401
Located in central Vermont near the confluence of the Connecticut and Ompompanoosuc Rivers, the Confluence farm base offers a conveniently accessed yet removed setting, with a short drive to Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College. Long views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the East are taken from the gazebo. At the center of the property is a large pond ideal for swimming, fishing and paddling. Many of the Northeast’s designated wilderness areas are under two hours away, while extensive state park systems, national forests, a national seashore and a national park are within a day’s drive.
Confluence combines a residential care setting with the prescriptive use of outdoor adventure and wilderness experiences to guide young adult men facing mental health, motivational and relational challenges towards engaged, positive and fulfilling lives. Field Mentors will role model, facilitate and participate in the daily routine of program participants and lead backpacking, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, backcountry camping, yoga, mindfulness, and organic gardening activities. An 8-day on, 6-day off bi-weekly schedule comprises of off-site adventure programming and activities on the farm. If you like helping people, love being outdoors, and a part of a supportive and dedicated community, submit an application, resume, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation to Foster Post.
Director of Operations
Confluence Behavioral Health
1646 Gove Hill Rd.
Thetford, VT 05074
Educators and Summer Staff
Farms For City Kids is located at Spring Brook Farm, a 1,000+ acre working dairy farm in east central Vermont near the Connecticut River. The milk produced by the farm’s Jersey cows are used to make award winning artesian and farmstead cheeses, including Tarentaise, Reading and Ashlyne. The sales of cheese and farm made maple syrup help to support the overall education mission. The town of Reading is quite small with just over 600 full-time residents. Woodstock would be considered the largest nearby town and a short drive from the farm. The area offers trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians; crossed with streams and rivers for the anglers and boundless forests for the hunter. Approximately 3 hours from Boston and 2 hours from Burlington, VT and Hartford, CT.
Farms For City Kids specializes in working with 4th-7th grade inner city youth from NYC and Boston by integrating school academics with every day farm life and sustainable living, and mixing in healthy doses of team building activities — all at no cost to participating schools. Educators will lead groups of 5-9 students in farm based activities that will open their eyes to life on a farm, where their food comes from, and the importance of team work and perseverance. Educators are needed to begin in early/mid February for training (the first school groups begin arriving at the farm in late February) with work through mid-November. Also seeking staff for the summer Farm and Adventure Learning programs from June through August. To apply, email a cover letter, resume and three references to Rob Macri.
Farms For City Kids
734 Caper Hill Rd.
Reading, VT 05062
Long Trail Patrol Crews, Construction Crew Members & Backcountry Caretakers
The GMC is based in Waterbury Center, VT where the main offices and seasonal staff housing is located. Long Trail Patrol Crew are assigned different work sites throughout the state. Caretakers live at their assigned sites five days a week. Southern Pond Caretakers (Stratton Pond, Griffith Lake, Little Rock Pond and Coolidge Ridge Runner) have the option to live at Mt. Tabor US Forest Service Work Center along with a supervisor during their days off. All staff have the option of living in Waterbury on day’s off.
Preserving, protecting and maintaining the Long Trail, Vermont's footpath in the wilderness and the oldest long-distance hiking trail in America, Green Mountain Club hires dozens of paid seasonal staff and interns, including backcountry caretakers (who live at wilderness ponds and alpine summits while educating hikers about the area) and trail crew (who take to the more physical tasks including building rock retaining walls and staircases and bridges). The field season runs from June to mid-October and is split into two time periods: summer (June to mid-August) and fall (mid-August to mid-October), with the option of working both seasons. All staff must be willing to spend up to 5 days in the woods each week, regardless of weather conditions. If you have a strong background working and living in the outdoors, fill out the online application.
Director of Field Programs
Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
(802) 244-7037 ext. 120
Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders
The NorthWoods Conservation Corps works in conjunction with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service throughout New England. Many crews work directly in National Wildlife Refugees in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Others work in Northern Vermont as a NorthWoods crew, watershed crew or backcountry crew living in remote spike camps.
Each year the NorthWoods Stewardship Center employs a staff of motivated, mature, and skilled team leaders to run its summer crews! Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders are highly trained, enthusiastic, and motivated individuals who will supervise a crew of 4-8 Crew Members, complete conservation projects (such as maintaining trails, improving riparian habitats or managing critical refuge infrastructure), and facilitate educational activities through the summer. The 2017 season runs from June 19th to August 4th. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to work for the entire season, have a strong interest in natural resource conservation, management and education, experience working with and educating youth, demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing groups, and the ability to work responsibly and cooperatively as a member of a team. Trail maintenance and construction skills preferred. Fill out the online application or contact Katelyn Mickelson for more info.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Dr.
East Charleston, VT 05833
Therapeutic Community Life Sharing Work Opportunities: Coworkers (specializing in crafts, dairy work, elder care, farming & gardening, weaving, and the wood workshop), House Parents, House & Workshop Leaders, and Service Volunteers
Located in Hardwick, about a 45 minute drive to Montpellier and an 1½ hour to Burlington. Heartbeet farms 60 acres of land, has a one-acre vegetable garden, a beautiful new greenhouse, and has 100 acres in forest, which provides a sustainable supply of wood to help heat their homes.
Camphill staff, called Coworkers, live and work with children, youth, and adults with developmental and other disabilities in rural Camphill communities in one of twelve communities in North America (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont as well as in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada). Daily life includes providing human support and caregiving, craft work, working in the farm or garden, cooking wholesome meals, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Full room and board, medical insurance, vacation time and a monthly stipend is provided.
Learn more about Camphill Communities in Vermont:
• Heartbeet Lifesharing
Camphill Association of North America
360 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534