Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Development Coordinator | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 1949 East Main Street, Richmond, VT, USA

Job Summary:

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) has a tremendous impact on the lives of young people and a positive influence on the communities where our crews work and learn. The organization is funded by a combination of fee-for-service, education & training, and philanthropic revenues. The Development Coordinator supports and enhances fundraising efforts so the organization can fulfill its mission.

The Coordinator is part of a collaborative Engagement Team. This group connects hands-in-the-earth Corps Members with a broader community of supporters including alumni, partners, businesses, and members of the local community. The Engagement Team primarily supports fundraising, Member recruitment, and alumni services.

The Coordinator processes gifts and thank donors, puts mailings together, makes sure the information in our records is accurate and up-to-date, and collaborates with the team on gathering stories and photos from the field. This position is great for a detail-oriented problem-solver who wants to ensure that key VYCC stories are told to those who will be most inspired to invest in our future.

Essential Functions:

Donor Relations and Gift Processing

  • Provide donors with a personalized and satisfying giving experience by ensuring they are properly thanked, acknowledged, and Process gifts accurately; prepare and send thank you notes in a timely manner; correspond with donors by phone, mail, email, and in person.
  • Oversee data entry and integrity of information in The Raiser’s Edge database; extract data to assess the department’s progress and the effectiveness of specific activities. Generate accurate and thorough reports as needed.
  • Identify donors who should receive personalized attention, and who may have the ability and interest to increase their giving. Seek to re-engage lapsed donors and secure new donors. Collaborate closely with the team to grow and strengthen our community of supporters.
  • Personally attend to new Invite them to engage with VYCC on digital channels and at events.
  • Implement sound processes for ensuring the security of gifts and donor financial

Appeals and Grants

  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement on direct mail Create accurate, segmented mailing lists; merge and print letters; and oversee the production process. This often includes working with an outside print shop as well as producing smaller batches of personalized letters in-house.
  • Collaborate with the team on researching, writing, editing, and submitting applications for foundation grants, corporate grants, and public funds.
  • Support the team in meeting deadlines for grant applications and grant

Events, Communications and Alumni Relations

  • Collaborate with the team to grow e-mail lists and social media followers, and to maintain healthy data in MailChimp.
  • Visit crews in the field to gather photos, stories, and Collaborate with the team to share content through blog posts, email marketing pieces, press releases and media pitches, and social media posts.
  • Provide logistics support for events and significant Tasks might include promotion, ticket sales, set up and clean up.

As a member of the Engagement Team and the broader VYCC staff, proactively support and collaborate with team mates on additional projects and tasks.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Solid computer skills and willingness to learn new systems
  • Professional and welcoming interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work under the pressure of deadlines
  • Exceptional time management, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to maintain focus and productivity in a bustling office atmosphere in which open office space is shared with others
  • Ability to balance personal initiative and independence with effective utilization of team members
  • Solid belief in the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps mission
  • Desire to learn
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation


  • Experience with fundraising
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with external customers
  • Experience working with databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred)


Our Mission: Take action and build community by working and learning together with the land.

About Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

VYCC is a 501c3 nonprofit focused on engaging young people in service, work, conservation, and agriculture. Since 1985, VYCC staff have provided valuable work and learning opportunities to youth and young adults from across the country and from nearly every town in Vermont. Our model is strong and simple: young people, working together, guided by highly trained leaders, completing priority projects in conservation and agriculture.

Excellence and Equal Opportunity at VYCC

VYCC is committed to being an organization that is inclusive and welcoming for all employees, volunteers, and community members.

Our Workplace

This position is based out of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Headquarters Office at the historic West Monitor Barn, in Richmond, VT. Our office is a collegial, bustling, and fun open office atmosphere, which offers staff opportunities to interact and collaborate. Staff members can balance working remotely and on- campus in collaboration with their team schedule, tasks, and all-staff gatherings. Successful staff are able maintain focus and productivity, balance personal initiative and independence, and plug into our team in ways that help us do our best work as an organization. Staff enjoy the perks of the Farm at VYCC and forest campus year-round, as well as the happenings of nearby downtown Richmond.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting salary for this position is $41,600, commensurate with Exempt from overtime.
  • Medical and dental insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) with matching contribution; disability and group life insurance; Simple IRA with matching contribution
  • Annual paid time off (PTO), paid sick leave, paid bereavement leave, and paid time off to vote
  • One-week paid closure in November for all staff (in addition to PTO)
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Annual gift card to the VYCC farmstand (organic produce and eggs)

How to Apply:

Please complete our VYCC General Application (, to which you’ll upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Jeremy Gerber, Development Manager at No calls, please. Position is open until filled.


Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. All of the listed functions are important and are in no particular order. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


To Apply:

Please complete our VYCC General Application (, to which you’ll upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Jeremy Gerber, Development Manager at No calls, please. Position is open until filled.