Squam Lakes Association Program Overview

Lakes Region Conservation Corps at the Squam Lakes Association                             

The Squam Lakes Association is one of 8 host sites in the Lakes Region Conservation Corps.  You can read more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps and our other host sites here. 

 

The Squam Lakes Association 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 3 half-year positions and 5 full-year positions available for 2019-2020.  Experiences vary depending on whether members serve during the winter/spring season or the summer/fall season.  Those who commit to a full-year of service (42.5 weeks) will reap the benefits of all seasons and receive a full-year Education Award of $6,095 upon successful completion of service (as compared to half-year: $3,047.50).

 

The SLA Experience (Winter/Spring)

In the winter months (November- April) members maintain the SLA's 50+ miles of trails, trek onto the ice covered lake to monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews in the field, run engaging environmental education programs and hikes, conduct snow-removal efforts to facilitate access, assist with developing conservation protocols and reports, and educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives. 

Winter/Spring Lakes Region Conservation Corps members at the SLA receive the following over the course of the program:

  • NH Safe Boating certification
  • NH Commercial boating license
  • Plow Operator training
  • Ice Safety training
  • Winter Water Quality training
  • Communications training
  • Housing with kitchen and laundry facilities
  • Living allowance (subject to state and federal taxes)
     - $200 weekly, distributed biweekly (before taxes)
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
     - Full-year (42.5 weeks): $6,095 as of October 1, 2018
     - Half-year (22.5 weeks): $3,047.50 as of October 1, 2018
  • Full-year (42.5 week program) members also receive summer certifications listed here.

For more in-depth information on the Winter/ Spring Program, please visit the Winter/Spring Program page.

The SLA Experience (Summer/Fall)

In the spring/summer months (May- October) 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, and educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives.  Members also will spend nights out camping while they act as campsite caretakers at the Squam Lake's Association's low-impact island campsites. Members serving during the summer months have the opportunity to receive numerous certifications  and Housing is provided for members on the Squam Lakes Association's campus.  

Summer/Fall Lakes Region Conservation Corps members at the SLA receive the following over the course of the program:

  • Scuba diving certification
  • Weed control diver certification
  • Lake Host training
  • NH Commercial boating license
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
  • Housing with kitchen facilities
  • Living allowance 
  • $200 weekly, distributed biweekly
  • AmeriCorps Education Award (dependent on successful completion of service)
    - Full-year (42.5 weeks): $6,095 as of October 1, 2018
    ​- Half-year (22.5 weeks): $3,047.50 as of October 1, 2018

For more in-depth information on the Summer/Fall Program, please visit the Summer/ Fall Program Page

Please contact Emily Gross, AmeriCorps Program Manager, with questions or for more information.