Contacts: Justin Worthley, Burton Snowboards at and Corinne Prevot, Skida at

Bring your ideas to VOBA’s Workforce Development Work Group, which is exploring approaches to: researching the outdoor recreation industry need for current and future jobs and skills; identifying career pathways; and, expanding funding for training and employment programs.

Workforce Development Resources and Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation

State and Education Workforce Development Programs

In June, outdoor recreation employers met with Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) staff to exchange information. Businesses described the unique hiring and training needs of the outdoor recreation industry and the challenges of seasonal employment. Resources shared include: VDOL information on apprenticeship, grants, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program; Community College of Vermont's workforce development web page; and, Vermont Job Link, an online job search engine for employers and job seekers.

Stay to Stay Weekends and Employer Networking

  • Newport - July 26–29 and December 13–16

  • Rutland- August 9–12 and October 18–21

  • The Shires - August 9–12 and October 25–28

  • Brattleboro - August 9–12 and October 25–28

  • St. Johnsbury - September 13–16 and October 4–7

  • Burlington - November 8–11

Do you have or anticipate needs for hiring? The state and regional chambers are hosting Stay to Stay Weekends for visitors that are considering moving to Vermont, including scheduling time to meet with employers on Monday mornings. See the locations and dates above and email if you are interested in being connected to this opportunity to meet with prospective employees.