NH Conservation Corps - Field Crew Member

Expected Dates
April 4, 2022 to October 27, 2022
Site
SCA NH Corps
Position ID
PO-00732354
The SCA’s NH Conservation Corps Program:
Have you ever wanted to live in a park where you can explore thousands of acres of prime New England forest? Do you want to make life-long friends who are passionate about the environment and from all over the United States? Does the chance to learn conservation and leadership skills and start your career off with a one-of-a-kind experience sound exciting? If you said yes to any or all of these questions, then the New Hampshire Conservation Corps is the place for you!

The SCA NH Corps is a collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and AmeriCorps. Since 1994 the SCA NH Corps has provided over one million hours of service to the great little state of New Hampshire while training young adults to do valuable conservation work. Each year young adult volunteers contribute thousands of service hours, Interpretive Rangers providing environmental education programs to the state’s residents and visitors and Field Crew Members completing conservation service projects to improve and protect the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources from the Atlantic Coast to the White Mountains and beyond.

Training Season:
This season runs from April - mid June. Throughout the training season you will learn from experienced staff and trainers as you engage in:
  • SCA, AmeriCorps, and NH State Park policies and protocols;
  • Leadership development and teamwork discussions and scenarios;
  • Camp skills and Leave No Trace;
  • Trail Maintenance and Construction;
  • Carpentry skills;
  • Chainsaw or trail rigging training;
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid, and more!

Conservation Season:
This season runs from mid June-October. During this time members will serve in the field on “hitch” crews of their peers for periods of 11 days (10 service days with 1 day off). Hitches consist of high priority conservation projects with a focus on public lands access, visitor experience and safety, and recreation site protection such as erosion control and revegetationNH Corps crews use traditional trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and physical labor to complete an array of projects while camping for the duration of each project period.  Locations for these service projects vary from frontcountry campgrounds to backcountry sites in the White Mountain National Forest and Great North Woods. The service you will be completing may include:

  • Building bridges (native timber and lumber)
  • Rock work; (staircases, stepping stones)
  • Cruising trails to address maintenance needs
  • Building camping shelters and kiosks
  • Constructing new trails
  • Installing trail structures to limit erosion
  • Backcountry site assessments
  • Invasive species management
  • Historic preservation and more!

Through this 7 month commitment you will serve communities throughout New Hampshire while contributing as active members of the SCA NH Conservation Corps program. For more general information about this and other positions with the SCA NH Corps please visit, https://www.thesca.org/NHcorps.

Position Benefits:

  • Stipend $6,181 – $206.06/week
  • AmeriCorps Education Award $4,441.50, for qualifying educational expenses and loans, upon completion of 1200 hours of service
  • All food is provided – estimated value is $1500 
  • Housing is provided – estimated value is $4,000
  • Health Insurance – $360/month
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and CPR Certification - $475
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification* - $400
  • Rigging and Griphoist Use for Trail Work* - $400
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics Training - $150

* You will receive one of these trainings.

Requirements in Order to Serve:

  • Needs to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.
  • US citizenship is required.
  • Ability to pass required state and federal background checks.
  • Bear Brook State Park:
    This position is unique in that service takes place all over the state. However, the program’s home base, which includes “rustic camp” cabins is Spruce Pond Camp within Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). BBSP is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire with over 10,000 acres and 40 miles of trails. Whether you are headed from here to do service or just have fun recreating you will certainly enjoy the trails, ponds, wildlife and other gems this park and state have to offer.

    Conservation Service Locations:
    During the program you may have the opportunity to serve in the alpine zone of the White Mountain National Forest, at the Atlantic Seacoast, among the spruce-fir forests of the Great North Woods, or beside one of NH’s picturesque lakes or rivers.

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid & CPR
    Trail Maintenance and Construction
    Camp Skills
    Carpentry
    Trail Rigging or Chainsaw Certification
    Leave No Trace
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Leadership and Teamwork Skills
    Risk Management
    And More!
  • Educational opportunities may include trainings provided by AmeriCorps, NH environmental organizations, and UNH Cooperative Extension. Also, NH is an outdoor recreational paradise with every activity and opportunity within a 1 to 2 hour drive of our site.
  • NH Conservation Corps members will have an abundance of opportunities to learn many skills, volunteer with environmental and other local nonprofit organizations throughout NH, and learn from one another.

    Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills while co-leading their hitch teams or being active participants during field projects throughout conservation season. 

    Program partners work in a variety of fields.  These career fields include, but are not limited to, education, youth development, land management/stewardship,  land conservation, outdoor recreation, and forestry to name a few.  Serving alongside and learning from these professionals is an invaluable experience that will help you jump-start your career.
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Camping
some experience
Construction
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience