New Hampshire Corps

New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program:
Celebrating 20 years of Service

Program dates:

Jan. 7 - Oct. 24, 2019
Number of members: 30 total
Conservation Stewards: 20
Interpretive Ranger: 10
Application review for 2019 is underway.

The SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program is a partnership between the Student Conservation Association, The New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since 1994, SCA NH AmeriCorps has provided nearly one million hours of service to the lands and people of New Hampshire. Each year, 30 full time volunteers contribute more than 50,000 service hours, providing environmental education programming to the state’s residents and visitors, and completing conservation service projects that improve and protect the state’s cultural, recreational, and natural resources.

The mission of SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps 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 young adults, usually 18-25 years of age, enhance and protect natural areas through environmental education programs, interpretive ranger programs, and conservation stewardship projects across the state.

Each January the New Hampshire AmeriCorps program welcomes 30 members to Bear Brook State Park who serve in one of two 10-month corps positions:

Conservation Steward

Conservation Stewards serve in the Manchester, Allenstown, and Hooksett school districts to provide environmental education to over 1000 students. From May through October Conservation Stewards partner with state and national parks, local conservation commissions, and state-wide nonprofits to provide conservation stewardship throughout New Hampshire; from the great north woods to the White Mountains and the seacoast. 

Interpretive Ranger

Interpretive Rangers serve in the Manchester, Allenstown, and Hooksett school districts to provide environmental education to over 1000 students. In May, Interpretive Rangers run a month long series of environmental education camps based at Bear Brook State Park. From June through October Interpretive Rangers connect with nearly 20,000 visitors throughout the state while serving and living within various state parks from the great north woods to the White Mountains, and the Monadnock region.

To learn more about what the current Interpretive Rangers are doing and where they are serving, click here to read their blog posts.

Members of the New Hampshire AmeriCorps are eligible to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Education and Service Learning Training
  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Training
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Defensive Driver Training

Conservation Stewards also receive or have the option to receive the following trainings and certifications:

  • Comprehensive Trail Construction & Maintenance Skills including Native Timber & Stonework
  • Carpentry
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Basic Rigging
  • Back Country Living Skills
  • Leadership

Interpretive Rangers also receive the following trainings and certifications:

  • Leave No Trace
  • Running and Implementing Filed Trips for School Groups
  • Blogging for State Parks
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Training
  • Natural History Trainings about current happenings in NH
  • Curriculum Trainings
    • Project Wet
    • Project Wild
    • Project Learning Tree
    • Project Wild Aquatic
    • Below Zero
    • Ranger Rick Nature Scopes

Description of Additional Program Benefits

Members receive full room and board, health insurance, a weekly living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must have an ability to serve independently and as part of a team
  • Must be able to live and serve in diverse situations and outdoor environments
  • Must be willing to try new things and learn new skills
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able to hike five or more miles
  • Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to accomplish service activities
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must be willing to serve some nights and weekends
  • Must be willing to camp and work outside for multiple days at a time
  • Conservation Steward: High school diploma or GED; 18+ years of age; desire to work with youth and work outdoors; preference for applicants with college degrees/some college experience.
  • Interpretive Ranger: 21+ years of age; personal vehicle and have had a valid driver’s license for at least three years; college degree or significant progress towards degree in Education, Interpretation, or science-related field (experience in education, environmental education, interpretation, or related field may be acceptable in lieu of a degree or degrees); desire to work with youth and work outdoors.

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