New Hampshire Corps

Celebrating 25 Years of the NH Corps:

Program dates:
The program runs from January through October with the application review happening on a rolling basis.
Number of members: 30 Total
Digital Educator Naturalists: 10
Conservation Stewards: 20
Application review for 2021 program year 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 year the New Hampshire AmeriCorps program welcomes 30 members to Bear Brook State Park to serve in one of two positions:

Digital Educator Naturalist

Educator Naturalists create and curate digital lessons for our classroom and after school partners in the Merrimack Valley Region of N.H. and beyond.  This region includes the state capital Concord, and Manchester, which is the largest and most diverse city in New Hampshire.  These programs will help connect students, in an interactive way, to the natural world while helping teachers meet the Next Generation Science Standards.  Without these programs many of our cooperating partners would not be able to deliver any science to their elementary students.  Beyond the classroom, our environmental education programs are also some of these students only connection to nature. Without the assistance of our Educator Naturalists we would not have the ability to teach students about the nature of New Hampshire.

Conservation Steward

Conservation Stewards arrive in early April and receive several weeks of skills trainings before heading out into the field to partner with N.H. State Parks, White Mountain National Forest, local conservation commissions, and state-wide nonprofits to provide conservation stewardship throughout the state; from the great north woods to the White Mountains and the seacoast. The high priority conservation projects that the SCA NH AmeriCorps crews serve on include trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, historic preservation, and carpentry projects constructing visitor use structures such as camp shelters.

All members of the New Hampshire AmeriCorps are eligible for the following training:

  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Training
  • Leave No Trace Trainer course
  • Defensive Driver Training

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

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • Comprehensive Trail Construction and Maintenance Skills including Native Timber and Stonework
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification
  • Basic Rigging
  • Carpentry
  • Backcountry Living Skills

Digital Educator Naturalists also receive the following trainings and certifications:

  • Blogging for State Parks
  • Natural History Lessons
  • Curriculum Trainings
    • Project Wet
    • Project Wild
    • Project Wild Aquatic
    • Project Learning Tree
    • Below Zero
    • Ranger Rick Nature Scopes
  • Lesson Plan and Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Delivery Techniques
  • Digital Lesson Tools and Formats

Additional Program Benefits

Members receive full room and board, 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 — 21+ and driver’s license for three years preferred (requirement to drive program vehicles); desire to work outdoors; preference for applicants with college degrees/some college, outdoor recreation experience, and prior environmental or outdoor jobs.
  • Digital Educator Naturalist: 21+ years of age and have had a valid driver’s license for at least three years; Personal Vehicle is recommended; 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 assist youth and live in a state park; experience with creating digital video and other related content is a plus.

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The SCA New Hampshire Corps has enriched parks and communities across the state since 1994 – Please give today to sustain New Hampshire state parks and the SCA New Hampshire Corps…for another 26 years and beyond!


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