Lakes Region Conservation Corps
About the Lakes Region Conservation Corps Program:
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps state service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Green Mountain Conservation Group, Camp Hale, Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, New Hampshire Lakes, Newfound Lake Region Association, and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, and lead volunteer crews. The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field.
You can read more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps host sites on the Host Site page.
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps is one of many service opportunities with AmeriCorps. You can read more about different AmeriCorps programs and their benefits here.
Full-Year Versus Half-Year:
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps runs both half-year (22.5 weeks) and full-year (42.5 weeks) programs over the course of the year. Half-year terms of service are available May- October or November- April. Full-year terms of service run from November- August, which allows the members to experience the seasonality of conservation practices in New Hampshire. Host sites are available at different seasons of the year, depending on the needs of the program. To learn more about which host sites accept half-year versus full-year members, please visit our Host Site page.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps members enjoy a variety of benefits, regardless of host-site:
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
- Living allowance: $200 weekly distributed bi-weekly
- AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $3,047.50 (half-year) or $6,095 (full-year) received upon successful completion (minimim of 900 hours for half-year/ 1700 for full-year, remaining with the program until the end date). You can read more about what the Segal Education Award can be applied towards here.
- Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans
Other benefits are available dependent upon term of service and host-site:
- AmeriCorps Health Insurance (available to full-year members)
- SSI Scuba Certification (available to SLA AmeriCorps members)
- Weed Control Diver Certification (available to SLA AmeriCorps members)
- NH Commercial Boating license (available to fill-year members and some summer sites)
- NH Safe Boating certification (dependent upon host site)
- Provided housing/ housing stipend (dependent on host site)
- Conservation Easement Monitoring Training (available ato SLCS and LRCT AmeriCorps members)
To learn more about host-site specific benefits, please visit the LRCC Host Site Page.
We select Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who display a great attitude and commitment to the Lake's Region, enjoy hard work, and aren't afraid to get dirty. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members must meet the following minimum qualifications to serve with our host sites. Please see specific host-site descriptions for in-depth details of qualifications being sought.
- Must be 18 years of age by start date of program.
- Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
- Must be competent swimmer (dependent upon host site)
- Able to lift 50 pounds (dependent upon host site)
- Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking (dependent upon host site)
- Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day (dependent upon host site)
- Able to work independently and with a group
- Available for the duration of the program
- Must apply online
Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service's minimum requirement
- Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks
- Must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service
- Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US