About SLA- Winter/ Spring Program:
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. In the winter months (Nov.- 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, conduct snow-removal efforts to facilitate access, run engaging environmental programs and hikes, 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. These numbers of are reflective of the November 2019 winter season and are subject to change:
- 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)
- $225 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.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps Candidate Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age by November 1, 2018
- Half-year (22.5 week program) members 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
- Half-year (22.5 week program) members must be available from November 1, 2019 through April 7, 2019 (end date dependent on hours accrued)
- Full-year (42.5 week program) members must be available from November 1, 2019 through August 25, 2020 (end date dependent on hours accrued)
- Must apply online
- Must pass all certification exams
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
Below is a typical week of a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member at the SLA. Each day will be assigned one of six designations (Trails, Snow, campus, environmental education, and office). This schedule rotates weekly, and members serve in each position consecutively, providing the opportunity to experience all aspects of the program.
Click on the following links for more information on the daily LRCC duties:
Education (NIA, ACE, guided hike, enviro ed)
Trails and Access (Trails, Snow)
Helpful Information and Links
Full Year Position Description (42.5 weeks)
SLA Winter Video This video by 2018 AmeriCorps members Stevie Raymond and shows much of the work performed by the SLA AmeriCorps in the winter months
Past AmeriCorps Experiences After a winter on Squam, AmeriCorps members have a lot to say about their experience with the SLA. Here are some of their reflections.
- Conservation Journal Our LRCC-SLA members are asked to write about their experience with the SLA. The Conservation Journal chronicles the daily lives of the AmeriCorps members.
Please Contact Emily Gross, AmeriCorps Program Manager, with questions or for more information.