Winter/Spring Lakes Region Conservation Corps
About the LRCC AmeriCorps Program
The Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC) is a 22.5 week AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field. The program ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks, acting as a leader within any situation, and thinking critically to solve any problem that may arise.
We run two half-year LRCC programs over the course of the year. In the summer/fall season we run a ten person LRCC crew and in the winter/spring season we run a five person LRCC crew. We select LRCC members who display a great attitude and commitment to the SLA's mission who enjoy hard work and aren't afraid to get dirty. Members receive a living allowance throughout the national service program. The real benefits to the LRCC members are the training and experience gained along with the location here on beautiful Squam Lake. On days off LRCC members swim, explore the White Mountain National Forest, paddle or sail (boats available at our Resource Center), ski or snowshoe, or head out for a bike ride on quiet back roads or some of the area’s single track.
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
- $200 weekly, distributed biweekly
- AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
LRCC Candidate Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age by November 1, 2017
- 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 November 1, 2017 through April 7, 2018 (end date dependent on hours accrued)
- Must apply online
- Must pass all certification exams
- Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of the program
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
Click on the following links for more information on the daily LRCC duties:
Important Information and Links
LRCC Leadership The Lakes Region Conservation Corps is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of the SLA’s work. Because of the diversity of the LRCC experience, the efforts of our LRCC members fall under different departments within the SLA.
The LRCC Experience
The LRCC 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 provide insight into the daily life of an LRCC member.
- Squam Conservation Intern Journal. Our interns are asked to write about their experience with the SLA. The Intern Journal chronicles the daily lives of interns.
- 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.
- Adventure Ecology Programs. Every friday our LRCC members coordinate and run educational/recreational programs that are open to the public. 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.
- Fly Fishing on Squam. This video by 2014 intern Ian Smith captures the beauty of the Squam Lakes as he showcases a popular pursuit of the Lakes Region.