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
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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.
Hot Summer Jobs @ F&W!
• Farm and Wilderness currently has the following summer positions open: a Head Cook for Indian Brook Camp, Cooks, Wilderness Trip Leaders, Barns & Gardens Director, and an Outdoor Living Skills Director.
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!
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 and admission into the program will be offered on a rolling basis until the program and wait list are full. The 2017 Farmer Training Program is currently in full swing. Applications for the 2018 season will be accepted starting in mid-July.
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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
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
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 and young adults. Wilderness Therapy Guides provide 24-hour supervision, develop healthy and supportive relationships with students, teach outdoor and primitive living skills, and are an integral part of the therapeutic treatment team. Two Guides work directly with a group of up to seven students with an 8-day on/6-day off work schedule. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with a Bachelor's degree or higher, possess current WFR & CPR certifications, and be comfortable working and living in a wilderness setting. If you are highly motivated and have experience working with young people, a passion for the outdoors, and a desire to inspire and mentor at-risk teens and young adults, complete the online application or connect with the True North Field Department for more information.
True North Wilderness Program
P.O. Box 857
Waitsfield, VT 05673
(802) 583-1104 fax
Field Mentors & Field Guides
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 role model, facilitate and participate in the daily routine with program participants, implement weekly therapeutic treatment plans, mentor direct intentional group sessions, facilitate team building initiatives, and accompany a Field Guide on excursions. Working to help plan and design group excursions, Field Guides teach and implement strong backcountry skills, leading participants on weekly excursions backpacking, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, climbing and backcountry camping. 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 being part of a supportive and dedicated owner-operated 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
Marketing & Business Manager
The retreat center is located on 120 secluded acres at the end of a road in the small town of Stannard, Vermont on a 150-year-old homestead. The primary building is a large newly renovated barn, and the surrounding land has been gently landscaped to include organic vegetable gardens, swimming ponds, open fields, wooded trails and a hilltop with expansive views of the Green Mountains.
Sky Meadow Retreat is a small boutique retreat center and organic farm hosting solo and group retreats of 10–16 people for 2–10 nights focused on personal and spiritual growth. Now seeking a Marketing & Business Manager who will handle all marketing for retreats, including social media, web site development, online courses, video and audio production. Responsibilities also include helping to organize and manage the business, including finances, bookings and correspondence with customers, and providing orientations for retreat groups. If this is a good fit for all, you will also have an opportunity to be a co-owner of the business. Applicants should have experience with current digital marketing platforms, retreat centers and organic farming or homesteading. If you are looking for meaningful work and a simple lifestyle within a community focused on personal growth and spiritual development, contact Miles Sherts to explore this unique opportunity.
This is a very unusual job opportunity for a very unusual person who is looking for a holistic lifestyle where work and play and home are blended together, and contentment fulfillment and connection with others is the priority rather than accumulating wealth or self-preservation.
Sky Meadow Retreat
63 Winchester Rd.
Greensboro Bend, VT 05842
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 thirteen 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.
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Camphill Association of North America
P.O. Box 1045
1601 Pughtown Rd.
Kimberton, PA 19442