AmeriCorps

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (SCHFH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, will be accepting applications for the AmeriCorps 2016-2017 service year. Please email your resume and motivational statement to jenifer.klippel@schabitat.org with the position you are applying for in the subject of your email.

AmeriCorps Member – Construction Crew Leadership

Position Description:

As a Construction Crew Leader, you are integral part of building homes and better neighborhoods in our service area. Throughout the term of this position, members will assist in completing 5 new builds, 10 CHRs, and 10 ABWK projects. This service will help to significantly increase the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our programs and construction projects. “On the job” training will be provided.

Responsibilities 

  • Assist with hands on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new and gut rehab homes, as well as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.
  • Lead groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well employed while on the work sites.
  • Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
  • Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
  • Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with our construction staff.
  • Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.
  • Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
  • Set up and cleanup project sites.
  • Maintain site logs for each project completed in order for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.
  • Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
  • On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.
  • Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and NR programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.

Qualifications

  • Possess a sincere desire to serve others and are dedicated to Habitat’s mission
  • Enjoy people and have a passion for volunteerism and teaching/group facilitation
  • Have strong team building skills and are comfortable leading and/or being part of a team
  • May have prior experience with power tools

Benefits of Service

  • Skills for the future
  • The AmeriCorps National direct living allowance up to $12,530 paid over the full 46.5 weeks of service
  • Education award – $5,775 upon successful completion of service
  • Personal and sick leave
  • Health care plan
  • Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible – Go to AmeriCorps.gov website to see if your loan would qualify)
  • Child care assistance (if eligible)
  • Reduced-price housing during member’s term of service (if eligible)

What’s Needed to Apply

Resume (tell us about your experience)
Motivation Statement (this essay gives you the opportunity to express why you want to serve)

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
  • Confirm understanding that this is a full-time volunteer opportunity and that AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance
  • Driver’s license required
  • Personal vehicle required