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Native Plant Nursery Grower – AmeriCorps position

Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, Poultney, VT

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape. VHCB is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

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Service Conditions:

This position will be performed primarily outdoors. Indoor shelter is available on-site (though little work is performed there). Restrooms and the office are a short walk away.

Position begins March 7th, 2018 and ends August 31st, 2018. There is potential for flexibility in the start date and work hours early in the spring to accommodate college classes.

This position requires 900 hours of service to be completed. Member will receive a living allowance of $8,640 (pre-tax), and an education award of $2,888 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

Application deadline: Recruitment begins immediately and the position will remain open until a selection is made.

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For questions about this position or to send additional materials:

Hilary Solomon
PO Box 209, Poultney, VT 05764
(802) 287-8339 or (802) 558-3515

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Native Plant Nursery Student Internships

This internship is a unique opportunity to become involved in the field of native plants, most specifically for use in Vermont’s water quality and flood resiliency measures as well as for restoration plantings. Interns will be engaged with projects through the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, Green Mountain College as well as many professionals throughout the state.

Essential Duties

  • Training and overseeing volunteers working at the nursery
  • Collecting, cleaning and processing seed of local native trees and shrubs
  • Sowing seed and transplanting seedlings
  • Researching and experimenting with seed propagation methods
  • Engaging in adaptive management to protect seeds and seedlings from rodent damage
  • Keeping the nursery propagation log current and carefully labeling seedlings
  • Weeding, fertilizing and condensing nursery stock
  • Maintaining and potentially expanding the irrigation system
  • Monitoring seedling health
  • Constructing work tables and seedling racks
  • Preparing seedlings for shipment and assisting in out-planting seedlings


  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability, and a strong desire to learn how, to propagate and grow native tree and shrub species
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to perform repetitive tasks well
  • Ability to work with a diversity of volunteers and community members
  • Ability and willingness to do physical labor on a daily basis in an outdoor setting
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access

Service Conditions

This position will be performed primarily outdoors.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

This position is unpaid though qualifies for credit.

On-Campus housing may be available upon request.

To Apply: contact Natalie Coe —

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