New Hampshire Corps

New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program:
Celebrating 20 years of Service

Save the date: 20th Anniversary Celebration

The mission of the New Hampshire Corps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire while building the members’ leadership and technical skills in the conservation field. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA NH Corps members perform direct hands-on service while developing their ethic of service and citizenship. These highly motivated 18-to-25-year-olds enhance and protect natural areas through environmental education programs, interpretive ranger programs, and conservation projects across the state.

The New Hampshire Corps welcomes 25-30 members to Bear Brook State Park each January, who serve in one of three corps positions: Environmental Educator/Conservation Field Crew, Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger, and Manchester CLC Leader. After a month of orientation and training, corps members start working in local schools providing environmental education and service learning programming. In late April, corps members transition from education season into conservation season, where members begin conservation and interpretive work throughout New Hampshire. NH Corps members also provide year-long opportunities for high school students through the SCA Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) program, serving as leaders for high school crews by planning and implementing community service projects throughout the Manchester and surrounding communities.

Members of the New Hampshire Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Education and service learning training
  • Work skills training, including rigging or chainsaw training
  • Teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution skills training
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Certified Interpreter Guide training (for Interpretive Ranger members)

Corps members serve over 1,000 students in the surrounding communities as Environmental Educators in the Manchester and Allenstown schools. As part of the Conservation Field Crew, corps members partner with state and national parks, local conservation commissions, and state-wide nonprofits to provide conservation service throughout New Hampshire, from the great north woods to the White Mountains and the seacoast. Corps members serving as Interpretive Rangers connect with nearly 20,000 visitors in state parks while living and working within the parks. Manchester CLC Leaders lead nearly 50 high school students from diverse backgrounds, including immigrant and refugee youth, in conservation and community service projects throughout the school year and summer months.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Environmental Educator/Conservation Field Crew: High school diploma orGED; 18-25 years of age; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.
  • Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger: 21-25 years of age; personal vehicle; college degree or significant progress towards degree in Education, Interpretation, or science-related field; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.
  • Manchester CLC Leader: 21-25 years of age; driver’s license; college degree or significant progress towards degree in Education, Outdoor Leadership, or an environmental field; experience and training in youth leadership programs; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.

All corps members live in rustic cabins at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH. While sharing in the unique experiences of community living, corps members dedicate 10 months of their lives to serve in partnership with AmeriCorps. Corps members receive a living allowance and health insurance while they serve.

 

Related Posts & Program Information

From January through April, 26 corps members teach environmental education to more than 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students in Manchester and Allenstown School Districts. Corps members work in teaching teams of 2-3 to develop a 10-week curriculum and service learning project that incorporates NH State Science Standards and aims to foster connections between the students and their natural world.

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From the slopes of Mt. Monadnock to the Great Woods of the North Country, 18-22 corps members work in the field from April through October restoring and preserving public lands.

Crews build new trails and maintain/repair existing trail networks. Repairing trails damaged by erosion not only cares for the land, but also makes them safe and more accessible to thousands of hikers each year.

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In May, 4-8 corps members transition into the Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Ranger Program. These corps members kick off the interpretive season by leading 3 weeks of school field trips in Bear Brook State Park. During this time, the interpretive rangers guide over 900 students in an investigation of aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

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Four SCA NH corps members engage Manchester area high school students in year-round conservation service learning projects through the SCA Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC). The group meets twice each week during the spring and fall to complete local projects and foster an ethic of civic responsibility.

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So many great stories; so many great people and such a great effort in conservation service.
Here’s a photos show for your enjoyment.
https://picasaweb.google.com/113281629128648843084/SCANHCorps2012?authus…

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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.