Lakes Region Conservation Corps 2018-2019 Program
About the LRCC AmeriCorps Program
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The 2018-2019 program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at Green Mountain Conservation Group and the Squam Lakes Association. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Depending on the program host site members mey remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts. The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important skills that are applicable to future careers within any profession, occupation, and education field. Half-year (22.5 weeks) and full-year (42.5 weeks) programs run over the course of the year. Host sites select LRCC members who display a great attitude and commitment to the Lakes Region, enjoy hard work, and aren't afraid to get dirty. Members receive a living allowance throughout the national service program and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their service term.
WINTER/SPRING HOST SITE DESCRIPTIONS
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps has programs at two host sites, the Green Mountain Conservation Group and the Squam Lakes Association, that begin in November of 2018.
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Winter LRCC members receive the following over the course of the program regardless of host site:
- NH Safe Boating certification
- NH Commercial boating license
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification
- Ice Safety training
- Housing with kitchen facilities
- Full-year members (42.5 weeks) are eligible for health insurance through the CorpsNetwork
- Loan forbearance on qualifying loans
Living allowance (subject to state and federal taxes)
- $200 weekly, distributed biweekly (before taxes)
AmeriCorps Education Award (subject to state and federal taxes)
- 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)
LRCC members must meet the following qualifications regardless of host site:
- Must be 18 years of age by November 1, 2018
- Able to work independently and with a group
- Half-year members (22.5 weeks) must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
- Full-year: Available from November 1, 2018 through August 25, 2019
- Half-year: Available from November 1, 2018 through April 7, 2019
- 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
Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is a community-based, charitable organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of natural resources in the Ossipee Watershed. GMCG is seeking two full-year (42.5 weeks) AmeriCorps members for the 2019 season beginning on November 1, 2018. GMCG’s AmeriCorps members will have two roles: one AmeriCorps member's role is Water Quality Resources Assistant and the other role is Outreach and Education Assistant. The Water Quality Resources Assistant will serve closely with GMCG’s Water Quality Coordinator on water quality monitoring and research projects, which will include assisting with over site of winter water quality sampling, recruitment and training of volunteers, expansion of water research programs at GMCG. The Outreach and Education Assistant will serve primarily with GMCG’s Education and Outreach Coordinator on educational programs and outreach throughout the Ossipee Watershed, which will include assisting with the coordination of GMCG’s Youth Water Literacy programs, designing/promoting water and resource conservation programs, and working with the staff Board to explore initiatives to better promote GMCG and water resources. Both Members will also develop skills with the Land Trust Committee from reviewing conservation easement applications to physically monitoring the existing easement lands and updating reports and files, in additional to being responsible for developing an interpretive trail on two GMCG properties.
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 five full-year positions (42.5 weeks) and three half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available for the 2018-2019 LRCC program. In the winter and spring months, LRCC-SLA members maintain the SLA's 50+ miles of trails, monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews, run engaging environmental education programs, remove terrestrial invasive species, and educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives. Those who commit to a full year of service (42.5 weeks) will also get certified to scuba dive to remove invasive aquatic plants, oversee our backcountry campsites, develop environmental programs for local summer youth camps, and more.