LRCC Squam Lakes Association- Summer/Fall AmeriCorps
About the LRCC-SLA AmeriCorps 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. The Squam Lakes Association has six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available for the summer/fall 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. 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 Safe Boating certification
- NH Commercial boating license
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
- Housing with kitchen facilities
- $200 weekly, distributed biweekly
- AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
LRCC-SLA Candidate Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age by May 20, 2019
- 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, 2019 through October 24, 2019 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
- 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
To the right is a typical week of an LRCC-SLA member, after the intensive, month-long training period. Each day will be assigned one of eight designations (Camping, Dive, Lake Host, Trail Host, Headquarters, Guide, Float, or Off). Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members spend most of their time diving or camping. This schedule rotates weekly, and LRCC-SLA members work each position consecutively, providing the opportunity to experience all aspects of the program. Click on the schedule to enlarge the image.
Click on the following links for more information about the schedule:
Important Information and Links
Half-year position description
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.
Past Squam Conservation Intern Experiences. After a summer on Squam, interns have a lot to say about their experience with the SLA. Here are some of their reflections. The LRCC-SLA AmeriCorps program is a new program as of November 2017. The program is modeled off of our Squam Conservation Internship, therefore, the experiences of our past interns provides insight into the daily life of an LRCC-SLA member.
Adventure Ecology Programs. Our LRCC members coordinate and run educational/recreational programs that are open to the public on a weekly basis. Here are this year's Adventure Ecology programs and the programs of the past.
Endless Milfoil: A Day in the Life of a Conservation Intern. This video by 2015 intern Julian Dahl captures a dive day on Squam.
- SLA video. This video by 2016 intern Stevie Raymond shows much of the work performed by the SLA, and our interns.