Lakes Region Conservation Corps 2018-2019 Program
The 2018-2019 Lakes Region Conservation Corps application is now OPEN. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
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 the 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. Members 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 professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational 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 Lake's 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. The real benefits to the LRCC members are the training and experience gained along with the location here in the beautiful Lakes Region. Depending on the season, on days off LRCC members swim, explore the White Mountain National Forest, paddle or sail, ski, snowshoe, or head out for a bike ride on quiet back roads or some of the area's single track.
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.
Click the host site's logo to be directed to a brief description of the site's program.
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 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 members (22.5 weeks) must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
- Full-year: Available from November 1, 2018 through August 25, 2018 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
- Half-year: Available from November 1, 2018 through April 7, 2018 (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
The Green Mountain Conservation Group is based out of Effingham, New Hampshire. The GMCG has two full-time (42.5 week) positions available for the 2018-2019 program. More information about the Green Mountain Conservation Group's Lakes Region Conservation Corps Program will be added shortly.
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!