Watershed Conservation Crew: Scuba Diving, Trail work, and Camping in New Hampshire

Squam Lakes Association

Holderness, New Hampshire

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $225 weekly stipend distributed bi-weekly; housing or housing allowance; Segal Education Award $3,047.50
Deadline Apr 01, 2020

The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) is a non-profit conservation organization that works to conserve the natural beauty, peaceful character, and resources of the Squam watershed. Through conservation, education, and low-impact recreation, the SLA promotes the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the Squam Lakes Region. The Squam Lakes Association has six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available beginning May 20, 2020 for the summer/fall Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) program.

LRCC-SLA members scuba dive to remove aquatic invasive species, act as caretakers of our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA's 50+ miles of trails, monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews, run engaging environmental education programs, remove terrestrial invasive species, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and more. Members have the opportunity to receive numerous certifications, including SSI scuba diving certification, PADI weed control diver certification, and wilderness first aid. Housing is provided for LRCC-SLA members on the SLA's campus, or alternatively within walking distance of campus.

Watch previous AmeriCorps member Stevie Raymond’s video for a look at a day in the life of the Squam Lakes Association LRCC members!  You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEq_UDJcDRU

The SLA is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps state program.  If you would like to learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps or the seven other host site options, please visit LakesRegionConservationCorps.org.

Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members have the opportunity to receive the following over the course of the program:

  • SSI Scuba diving certification
  • PADI Weed control diver certification
  • Lake Host training
  • NH Safe Boating certification
  • NH Commercial boating license
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
  • Housing with kitchen facilities
  • Living allowance
  • $225 weekly, distributed biweekly
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)

LRCC-SLA Candidate Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age by May 20, 2020
  • Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
  • Must be a competent swimmer
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
  • Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
  • Able to work independently and with a group
  • Available from May 20, 2020 through October 24, 2020 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
  • Must apply online
  • Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service's minimum requirements:
    • Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks
    • Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US
    • Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service.

The application deadline is April 1, 2020, but interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed in the order of submission.

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