Through full-time service opportunities in communities across the United States, Habitat AmeriCorps program members help homeowners achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat AmeriCorps members can serve in leadership roles on active build sites or in local Habitat offices, assisting homeowners, volunteers and staff. Service positions are added weekly. Learn more at habitat.org/americorps.
Overview: For this 10.5 month full-time AmeriCorps position, the member will receive a modest living allowance, an education award and valuable professional experience serving Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane in Eugene, Oregon.
Reports to: Volunteer and Program Coordinator
Position type: Construction Crew Leader
Position description: The member will assist the HFHCL team by supporting overall day-to-day organization and efficiency of the build site. The member will help manage and develop groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and homeowner families on the build sites, all while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment.
- Assist with hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping.
- Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
- Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and homeowner families working on site.
- Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled, enthusiastic volunteers, cultivating their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to considering being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
- Maintain site safety by modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with construction staff.
- Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and homeowner families.
- Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
- Set up and cleanup project sites.
- Maintain site logs for each project completed for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.
- Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
- On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects, such as lot cleanups, community gardens, etc.
- Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, clean up and engaging with attendees, informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission, Home Repair program, and how to become a volunteer or program partner.
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- Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.
- Previous experience with a residential homebuilder or as a construction AmeriCorps member.
- Experience with power tools.
- Ability to drive large pick-up trucks (or willingness to learn).
- Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
- Strong verbal communication skills.
- Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation.
- Experience working as a member of a larger team.
- A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being (Spanish).
- Knowledge of community development practices.
- Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
- Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain.
- Ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a regular basis.
- Ability to work on ladders and heights up to two stories.
- Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer.
Benefits of Service:
- Living allowance minimum of $15,850 for approximately 10 ½ months of service
- Segal Education Award of $6,195 (upon successful completion of service)
- Members are eligible to enrol in an Affordable Care Act-compliant health plan.
- Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans. Accrued interest on qualified loans is eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.
- Personal and medical leave – approximately 10 days total.
- Workers’ compensation insurance.
- Child care benefits, if you qualify. Details can be found at americorpschildcare.com.
- Member Assistance Program, which offers services such as counselling and financial planning resources.
- Housing assistance
To apply: Search HFH of Central Lane at habitat.org/americorps. Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2020 or until this AmeriCorps position is filled by a qualified candidate, whichever occurs first.
Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane is an equal opportunity employer.