SCA NH AmeriCorps Conservation Steward – Trail Work and Conservation Service 5.11.2020

Expected Dates
May 11, 2020 to October 22, 2020
Site
SCA NH Corps
Position ID
PO-00729849
The SCA’s NH AmeriCorps 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 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 you should consider being a Conservation Steward with the SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program!


The SCA NH Corps is collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (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 30 full time young adult volunteers contribute more than 50,000 service hours, providing environmental education programs to the state’s residents and visitors and 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.
Conservation Season:
This season runs from May-October. During this time members will serve in the field on “hitch” crews of 5-7 for periods of 11 days. Locations for these service projects vary from front country sites on the NH Seacoast to backcountry sites in the White Mountains and Great North Woods. The service projects you will be doing may include:

· Building bridges,
· Rock work (staircases and stepping stones),
· Historic preservation,
· Erecting camping shelters and kiosks,
· Constructing new trails,
· Putting in trail features to assist with trail maintenance,
· Invasive species management, and more!


Through this 5 month commitment you will serve communities throughout New Hampshire while contributing as active members of the SCA NH AmeriCorps program. For more general information about this and other positions with the SCA NH Corps please visit, https://www.thesca.org/NHcorps.
  • Bear Brook State Park:
    This position is unique in that service takes place all over the state. However, the programs 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. 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 Season Service Locations:
    During this portion of the year you may have the opportunity to serve in the alpine zone of the White Mountains, at the Atlantic Seacoast, among the spruce-fir forests of the Great North Woods, or beside one of NH’s picturesque lakes or rivers.

  • Wilderness First Aid + CPR
    Trail Maintenance and Construction
    Natural Resource Management
    Carpentry
    Grip-hoist and Rigging or Chainsaw Certification
    Leave No Trace
    Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Skills
    Risk Management
    And More!
  • Conservation Stewards will have the opportunity to learn many skills, partake in conferences, volunteer with environmental organizations and like minded folks across NH, and learn from one another.

    Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills while collaborating and participating in hitch projects during 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 certainly help you jumpstart your career.

Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Backpacking
some experience
Camping
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience