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Our Impact FY19

SCA New Hampshire Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Conservation Steward

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc :
Bear Brook State Park Allenstown, NH

State / Territory :
New Hampshire

Benefits :
AmeriCorps, Education Award, Housing – Primarily Camping, Housing – Primarily Non-Camping, Industry-Recognized Certifications

Project/Program Focus :
Construction/Masonry, Habitat Restoration, Historic Preservation, Invasive Species Mngmt, Trails, Young Adult Programs (18+)

Organization/Program Description :

Have you ever wanted to live in a park where you can explore thousands of acres of prime New England forest? Do you want to make life-long friends who are passionate about the environment and from all over the United States? Does the chance to learn conservation and leadership skills and start your career off with a one-of-a-kind experience sound exciting? If you said yes to any or all of these questions then you should consider being a Conservation Steward with the SCA’s NHCC AmeriCorps Program!

The SCA NH Conservation Corps is a collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and AmeriCorps. Since 1994 the SCA NHCC has provided over one million hours of service to the great little state of New Hampshire while training young adults to do valuable conservation work. Each year 30 full time young adult volunteers contribute more than 50,000 service hours, providing environmental education programs to the state’s residents and visitors and completing conservation service projects to improve and protect the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources from the Atlantic Coast to the White Mountains and beyond.

Position Description :

Training Season:
This season runs from April – mid June. You will start  your initial training at Bear Hill camp in Bear Brook State Park, before moving to Spruce Pond Camp just down the hill.  Throughout the training season you will learn from experienced staff and trainers as you engage in:

  • SCA, AmeriCorps, and NH State Park policies and protocols;
  • Leadership development and teamwork discussions and scenarios;
  • Camp skills and Leave No Trace;
  • Building and maintaining trails;
  • Technical trail skills including stonework & native timber structures;
  • Carpentry skills;
  • Chainsaw or rigging and grip-hoist;
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid, and more!

Conservation Season:
This season runs from mid June-October. During this time members will serve in the field on “hitch” crews of 5-7 for periods of 11 days. Locations for these service projects vary from front country sites on the NH Seacoast to backcountry sites in the White Mountains and Great North Woods. The service projects you will be doing may include:

  • Building bridges;
  • Rock work (staircases, retaining walls, stepping stones);
  • Historic preservation;
  • Constructing Adirondack-style camping shelters;
  • Constructing new trails;
  • Putting in trail features to assist with trail maintenance;
  • Invasive species management, and more!

Bear Brook State Park:
This position is unique in that service takes place all over the state. However, the programs home base, which includes “rustic camp” cabins is Spruce Pond Camp within Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). BBSP is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire with over 10,000 acres. Whether you are headed from here to do service or just have fun recreating you will certainly enjoy the trails, ponds, wildlife and other gems this park and state have to offer.

Conservation Service Locations:
During program you may have the opportunity to serve in the alpine zone of the White Mountains, at the Atlantic Seacoast, among the spruce-fir forests of the Great North Woods, or beside one of NH’s picturesque lakes or rivers.

Through this 7 month commitment you will serve communities throughout New Hampshire while contributing as active members of the SCA NH Conservation Corps program. For more general information about this and other positions with the SCA NHCC please visit, https://www.thesca.org/NHcorps.

Additional Benefits :

Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Trail Maintenance and Construction
Camp Skills
Grip-hoist and Rigging or Chainsaw Certification
Leave No Trace
Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Skills
Risk Management
And More!

Additional Information :

Corps members live in rustic cabins during Training Season. Throughout this period all members assist with camp chores, such as facility maintenance, cleaning, and cooking. During Conservation Season, members will camp in tents during field projects.