Squam Lakes Association Program Overview

 LRCC- Squam Lakes Association                             

The Squam Lakes Association is one of 7 host sites in the Lakes Region Conservation Corps.  You can read more about the LRCC 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 six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) beginning May 20, 2019.  Beginning Nov.1, 2019, the SLA will have 3 half-year positions and 5 full-year positions available.  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 $5,920 (as compared to half-year: $2,907).

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, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and more. LRCC-SLA members receive numerous certifications, including scuba diving certification, weed control diver certification, and wilderness first aid. Housing is provided for LRCC-SLA members on the SLA's campus. While serving with the SLA, LRCC-SLA members will also spend nights out camping while they act as campsite caretakers at SLA's low-impact island campsites.

Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members 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 of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours/ half-year of service)

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

The SLA Experience (Winter/Spring)

In the winter months (November- April) LRCC-SLA 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 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 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 facilities
  • Living allowance (subject to state and federal taxes)
    • $200 weekly, distributed biweekly (before taxes)
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
    • Half year (22.5 week program) members receive $2,960 upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
    • Full-year (42.5 week program) members receive $5,920  upon successful completion of program (minimum of 1700 hours)
  • 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.

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