SCA Massachusetts Forests and Parks AmeriCorps

 

Program Dates:
February - December
Number of members: 12

SCA’s MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps is an inaugural program designed to engage enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental outreach and stewardship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2018 DCR Historic Preservation and Stewardship Corps

Gain Historic Preservation Experience while living in community and Serving in and around Boston, MA in this AmeriCorps Position. This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps. If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process.

Join the SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps – DCR Preservation and Stewardship Program and serve alongside other Corps members to complete projects on the Boston Harbor Islands, Wompatuck State Park, and other historic sites around Massachusetts. Learn or hone your carpentry and preservations skills while completing window restoration (glass cutting/glazing), repointing historic masonry, historic building stabilization, and restoring homes and structures! Additionally, each corps member will complete a month long personal internship project following their interests in Environmental Education, Park Operations, Park Communications, or outreach.

The host site for this position is the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR is responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of public lands, forests, beaches, campgrounds, scenic vistas, historic properties, and heritage sites in hundreds of communities across Massachusetts. DCR manages more than 450,000 acres of parkland through the state. The agencies mission is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

After 8 weeks of training, DCR Preservation and Stewardship Corps members will complete projects in teams of 2-5 members. The daily commute will be by program vehicle or boat. Camping for 5 days at a time will be required for some project sites.

Training Opportunities

Wilderness First Aid certification, CPR Certification, Principles of Historic Preservation, Basic Masonry Techniques & Stone Wall Repair, Deconstruction & Demolition, Anatomy of a Building, Carpentry Tool Use & Safety, Invasive Species Management for Historic and Recreational Properties, Erosion Control Methods to Preserve Landscapes, OSHA 10, Lead Paint Renovator, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, National Interpretive Association Training, Climate Change Impacts on Parks/Buildings.

Responsibilities

  • Be an active and participatory corps member – attend all training and service days
  • Take on role of Crew Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with park managers, handling the logistics of a project, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork
  • Be an active and participatory member of the SCA MA Forest and Parks AmeriCorps Community
  • Comply with all SCA, DCR, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities

Compensation

  • Members will receive a weekly stipend of $200.00
  • Upon completion of service, members will receive an education award of up to $5,815
  • Room and Board will be provided (Shared living house at Wompatuck State Park - Hingham, MA)
  • Transportation to and from service activities will be provided
  • Health Insurance is provided to members

Hours

Corps members serve approximately 42 hours a week for a period of 10 months. Members must achieve a minimum of 1700 hours of service within that 10-month period (roughly 43 weeks of service). Service hours are typically performed Monday through Friday; however, some weekend service will be necessary. The general schedule each day is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Essential Functions and Qualifications

  • 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 willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to accomplish service activities
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must have a high school diploma/GED
  • Must be willing to serve some nights and weekends
  • Must be willing to camp outside for 5 days at a time

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Previous experience in working in a public park setting, natural resource fieldwork, or leading volunteer groups is helpful. Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Working within a team setting for a common goal is critical as well as being able to work independently. Experience operating power and hand tools such as hammers, saws, picks, cordless drill, brush cutters, weed whackers required. Applicant must have a positive attitude and a desire to enhance the natural, recreation and cultural assets within the DCR.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

One year’s work in the field of environmental science, natural or recreation resource management or related field or an Associate’s Degree, and ability to perform physical work outdoors in semi-remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group. Interest in recreation resource management, historic preservation, and public access issues; must be physically able to walk 1+ miles a day over varied terrain and lift up to 50lbs. Position requires frequent exposure to potentially harmful biotic factors including poison ivy, stinging & biting insects and ticks carrying Lyme Disease.

Description of Offered Housing

SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps is based in Wompatuck State Park. The living conditions are simple, rustic, and community focused. A large program house is provided, including a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room and shared bedroom space. There are ample opportunities to travel to nearby towns for goods.

Interested in SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps?

  • Contact Nancy Perales [email protected]. Applicants must be age 18 or older, and must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.
  • Follow SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps on Facebook.

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