Youth Conservation Leadership Program

Junior Conservation Technician Program

A paid opportunity for teenagers to complete meaningful conservation work around the Green Mountain Audubon Center over the course of 4 months.
JCT Plants for Birds Garden. Photo: Audubon Vermont
JCT Plants for Birds Garden. Photo: Audubon Vermont
Youth Conservation Leadership Program

Junior Conservation Technician Program

A paid opportunity for teenagers to complete meaningful conservation work around the Green Mountain Audubon Center over the course of 4 months.

The Junior Conservation Technician (JCT) Program is a paid opportunity ($15/hour) for teens ages 14-18 to gain a deeper understanding of conservation action through hands-on experiences in the field at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. JCTs are mentored by our Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator and work alongside local Vermont conservation heroes including foresters, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, ornithologists, naturalists, and more! The goal of this program is to provide professional learning experiences for teens in conservation and foster the next generation of conservationists. We meet every month from January-June. The timing of our program may vary month to month, but JCTs will always work about 7 hours/day. 

Who can Apply? 

Junior Conservation Technician positions are for high-school youth (ages 14-18). Applications are now closed for 2024, check back in November or send an email to get on our interest list.

Is the Junior Conservation Technician Program Right for You?

We're looking for candidates interested in:

  • Outdoor/environmental education 
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Field work and monitoring bird populations
  • Science/nature writing and communications 
  • Building naturalist skills (Wildlife and plant ID, animal tracking, etc.) 
  • Teaching and mentoring younger kids 
  • Building teamwork, resume, and leadership skills 
  • Hiking (we will be moving around the center everytime we meet in all weather!) 

Some projects may include, but are not limited to: bird banding, learning bird friendly forestry practices, trail management, collecting data for community science initiatives, leading projects and activities related to conservation for campers, caretaking native plant gardens, and removing invasive species. There will also be space for JCTs to work individually or in groups on their own projects around the Green Mountain Audubon Center.

What You Will Learn and Work On: 
  • Assessing forest and timber stands at the Green Mountain Audubon Center alongside our forester. 
  • Naturalist skills in: bird and wildlife identification, tree and plant identification, wildlife tracking, and more! 
  • Aid a wildlife biologist in banding birds at the Green Mountain Audubon Center and learn about recapture studies.
  • Basic carpentry and powertool skills.
  • Trail maintenance and enhancement. 
  • Conduct field work in and around the Green Mountain Audubon Center that allows us to understand population changes in priority bird species such as Bobolinks, Common Terns, and Peregrine Falcons. 
  • Identify and remove invasive plant species to enhance bird habitat at the Green Mountain Audubon Center.  
  • Collect data that will help scientists understand how wildlife and plants are responding to climate change through community science initiatives. 
  • Serve as an assistant educator for vacation/summer camp staff when applicable. 
  • Be part of a team and learn transferrable professional skills like resume building, public speaking, and leadership. 
  • Share knowledge of bird-friendly forestry and maple sugaring during Audubon Vermont’s sugaring events (Sugar on Snow and Maple Open House).
Junior Conservation Technician Expectations and Responsibilities: 
  • Having a good attitude and interest in the topics the program will cover.
  • Being a role model for students, campers and visitors at the center, exhibiting maturity and good judgment.
  • Willingness to work in a team environment.
  • Open and receptive to feedback.
  • Ability to hike long distances around GMAC (snow, rain, or shine). 
  • Ready to learn!
Junior Conservation Technician Testimonies:
"I loved how it felt to spend an entire day outside in the woods with friends. The last time we met, we learned how to identify maples and tapped them, hiked around the Audubon, and kept an eye out for birds. Learning through experience is the best way to learn, so being able to experience nature and actually engage with what we're learning about has been a great boon to my understanding of nature in general. Overall, it's been an incredibly great time of getting outside and learning about our natural world!" - 2022 Cohort Member
"We got to go out in two groups of three with no adults. We had to work in our groups to figure out the best way to solve problems like creeks running over the trails and large mud patches blocking the path. We used tools that dug new routes for the running water, cleared debris off the trail, and cut any branches hanging in the way of hikers. This was definitely one of my favorite activities so far!” - 2022 Cohort Member​
“Being able to meet with well renown foresters and conservationists is a really cool opportunity that I don't see in many other places.” – 2023 Cohort Member

“I'm just very thankful to be out in my community and be able to see people my age or older/younger work together in nature.” - 2023 Cohort Member

How to Apply
We have concluded hiring for this year's cohort. Please check back next November for open positions in our fourth cohort. Feel free to email Sarah in advance to get on an interest list. 
Applicants will need to formally apply with a resume (cover letters are a plus, but not required). Candidates will be contacted about scheduling a short interview so we can get to know you a bit more. See downloadable resume examples/inspiration below. 
Please reach out to our Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator, Sarah Hooghuis (802-434-3026) with any answer any questions you may have.
Download our JCT Program Flyer below to distribute and/or hang at your school! 
Resume Examples for High School Students


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