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The Student Conservation Association’s NH Corps

Actively Recruiting:
Yes

Position title :
SCA NH AmeriCorps Conservation Steward – Trail Work and Conservation Service

Deadline to apply :
04/25/2020

Town, City, Park, etc :
Concord

State / Territory :
New Hampshire

Organization/Program Description :

The SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program is a partnership between the Student Conservation Association, The New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since 1994, SCA NH AmeriCorps has provided nearly one million hours of service to the lands and people of New Hampshire. Each year, 30 full time volunteers contribute more than 50,000 service hours, providing environmental education programming to the state’s residents and visitors, and completing conservation service projects that improve and protect the state’s cultural, recreational, and natural resources.

The mission of SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire while building the members’ leadership and technical skills in the conservation field. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA NH Corps members perform direct hands-on service while developing their ethic of service and citizenship. These highly motivated young adults, usually 18-25 years of age, enhance and protect natural areas through environmental education programs, interpretive ranger programs, and conservation stewardship projects across the state.

Position Description :

The SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program:
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 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 NH AmeriCorps Program!

The SCA NH Corps is collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Since 1994 the SCA NH Corps 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.

Conservation Season:
This season runs from May-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 and stepping stones),
· Historic preservation,
· Erecting camping shelters and kiosks,
· Constructing new trails,
· Putting in trail features to assist with trail maintenance,
· Invasive species management, and more!

Through this 5 month commitment you will serve communities throughout New Hampshire while contributing as active members of the SCA NH AmeriCorps program. For more general information about this and other positions with the SCA NH Corps please visit, https://www.thesca.org/NHcorps.

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 Season Service Locations:
During this portion of the year 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.

  • First Aid & CPR
  • Trail Maintenance and Construction
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Grip-hoist and Rigging or Chainsaw Certification
  • Leave No Trace
  • Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Skills
  • Risk Management
  • And More!
Job Duties :

From May through October Conservation Stewards partner with state and national parks, local conservation commissions, and state-wide nonprofits to provide conservation stewardship throughout New Hampshire; from the great north woods to the White Mountains and the seacoast.  This is done on Conservation Hitches where participants camp at service sites for duration of each ten day project.

Requirements :
  • Education -some coursework or experience
  • Resource Management – some coursework or experience
  • Backpacking some experience
  • Camping  – some experience
  • Hand Tools – some experience
  • Leadership Experience – competent with supervision
  • Public Speaking – some experience
  • Trail Maintenance – some experience
  • Willingness to live and serve in a community setting with like minded folks
Additional Benefits :

Benefits include:

  • $90/week
  • Room and Board
  • Pro rated AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of your term of service
  • Skills Trainings
  • Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Getting to live and serve alongside like minded folks from across the country
Contact Information :

To apply please head to, https://www.thesca.org/serve/position/sca-nh-americorps-conservation-steward-%E2%80%93-trail-work-and-conservation-service-5112020.  For more information or if you have any questions about the position please feel free to call the SCA NH Corps office at 603-485-2191.  Any available staff member will be able to assist you with your questions.

Additional Information :

To get a better feel for our program visit our Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/sca_nh_bearbrook/.