LRCC Squam Lakes Association- Winter/Spring AmeriCorps Program
The 2018-2019 Lakes Region Conservation Corps application is OPEN. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
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 five full-year positions (42.5 weeks) and three half-year positions (22.5 weeks) starting on November 1, 2018. In the winter months, 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. Those who commit to a full year of service (42.5 weeks) will also scuba dive to remove invasive aquatic plants, oversee our backcountry campsites, develop environmental programs for local summer youth camps, and more!
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
Living allowance (subject to state and federal taxes)
- $200 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:
- Scuba Diving Certification
- Weed Control Diver Certification
- Lake Host Training
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certifications
- Eligible for health insurance through the CorpsNetwork
LRCC 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, 2018 through April 7, 2019 (end date dependent on hours accrued)
- Full-year (42.5 week program) members must be available from November 1, 2018 through August 25, 2019 (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
To the right is a typical week of an LRCC-SLA member. Each day will be assigned one of six designations (Trails, Snow-HQ, WQ (Water Quality), Work, Enviro Ed, and HQ). 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 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
- Conservation Journal. Our LRCC members are asked to write about their experience with the SLA. The Conservation Journal chronicles the daily lives of the AmeriCorps members. Refer to 2017-2018 Winter/Spring journals to get an idea of what the winter program is like.
- 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.
- Adventure Ecology Programs. Every Tuesday and Saturday 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.
- SLA Winter Video. This video by 2018 AmeriCorps members Kyle Salmons and Maggie Upham shows much of the work performed by the SLA AmeriCorps in the winter months.
- 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 Summer Video. This video by 2016 intern Stevie Raymond shows much of the work performed by the SLA AmeriCorps in the summer months.
- 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.