SCA Massachusetts Forests and Parks AmeriCorps
Feb. 4, 2019 - Nov. 29, 2019
2019 Public Lands Historic Preservation and Stewardship Corps
Student Conservation Association, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the National Park Service have partnered together to offer a unique opportunity for young adults looking to gain Historic Preservation Experience while living in a corps community. 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 Public Lands Historic Preservation and Stewardship Corps and serve alongside other Corps members to complete projects on the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Wompatuck State Park, and other DCR and NPS historic sites around Massachusetts. Learn or hone your preservations skills while completing various apprentice level carpentry projects, window restoration (glass cutting/glazing), repointing historic masonry, historic building stabilization, and various types of data collection and field work! After 8 weeks of training, Corps members will complete a month long Independent Project following their interests in Park Interpretation, Park Operations and Maintenance, or Visitor Services.
After 8 weeks of training, Corps members will complete projects in teams of 2-5 members focusing on Historic Preservation with additional service projects including park operations, landscaping, trail maintenance, and more. The daily commute will be by program vehicle, public transit, or boats. Front country camping for 5 days at a time may be required for some project sites.
Wilderness First Aid certification, CPR Certification, Principles of Historic Preservation, Basic Masonry Techniques, Carpentry Tool Use & Safety, OSHA 10, Lead Paint Renovator, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, National Interpretive Association CIG Certification, Conservation Work Skills, Chainsaw use and safety, and GIS/GPS as it relates to resource inventory.
- Be an active and participatory corps member – attend all training and service days
- Take on role of Crew Leader for at least one Crew Rotation, 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 Preservation and Stewardship Corps Community
- Comply with all SCA, DCR, NPS, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities
- Members will receive a weekly stipend of $200.00
- Upon completion of service, members will receive an education award of up to $5,815
- Housing will be provided (Shared living at Wompatuck State Park - Hingham, MA)
- Transportation to and from service activities will be provided
- Health Insurance is provided to members
Corps members serve approximately 42 hours a week for a period of 10 months. Members must achieve a minimum of 1,700 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 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, but is often dependent on park seasons and schedules.
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 a public park setting, natural and/or historic 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, table saw, drill, circular saw, and other shop and field tools is helpful or the desire and willingness to learn these skills. Applicant must have a positive attitude and a desire to enhance the natural, recreational, and cultural assets within the DCR and NPS. Position requires frequent exposure to potentially harmful biotic factors including poison ivy, stinging & biting insects, and ticks carrying Lyme Disease.
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications
One year’s experience in the field of history, preservation, natural or cultural resource management, environmental science or related field or an Associate’s Degree a plus, and ability to serve indoors in varying conditions, including entering old or abandoned buildings, or outdoors in semi-remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group. Interest in cultural & natural resource management and historic preservation encouraged. Must be physically able to walk 1+ miles a day over varied terrain and lift up to 50lbs.
Description of Offered Housing
SCA Preservation and Stewardship Corps is based in Wompatuck State Park. The living conditions are simple and community focused. Program housing is provided, including a kitchen, shared bathrooms, living room, dining room, and shared bedroom space. There are ample opportunities to travel to nearby towns for goods and social activities. WiFi and on-site Laundry is included.
It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all members is central to the continued success of our programs. We will not discriminate against an applicant because of race, religious creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expressions in selections, terminations and or recommendations. Opportunity is provided to all applicants in the basis of qualifications and program requirements. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service.
Interested in SCA Public Lands Historic Preservation and Stewardship Corps?
- Contact Janina Peppers, [email protected]. Applicants must be age 18 or older, must have a valid driver’s license, and pass a background check.
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