The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) has six full-year (42.5 weeks) positions available through the Lakes Region Conservation Corps for the 2021-2022 program year, running from November 1st, 2021 – August 25th, 2022.
The Squam Lakes Association is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps State program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals, regardless of current experience levels. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region (to learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, please visit: LakesRegionConservationCorps.org).
The program provides hands-on conservation experience and certifications over a broad range of areas that ensure that members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Full-year members at the SLA experience the seasonality of boots-on-the-ground conservation
In the winter:
-maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails
-trek onto the ice-covered lake to monitor water quality
-lead volunteer crews in the field
-develop and lead engaging environmental programs
-assist with developing conservation projects and reports
In the summer:
-scuba dive to remove invasive aquatic plants
-oversee our low-impact campsites
-develop environmental programs for the public and local summer youth camps
-remove invasive species
-maintain the SLA’s trail network
-educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives
Full-Year Lakes Region Conservation Corps members at the Squam Lakes Association have the opportunity to receive the following over the course of the program:
-SSI Scuba diving certification
-Weed control diver certification
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
-NH Commercial boating license
-Plow Operator training
-Ice Safety training
-Water Quality training
-Lake Host training
-Housing with kitchen and laundry facilities
-Living allowance: $534 bi-weekly (subject to taxes)
-AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,345 upon successful completion of program (minimum of 1700 hours)
-AmeriCorps Health Insurance
-Eligible for student loan forbearance on qualifying loans. Learn more about which loans qualify for forbearance here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award/using-your-segal-education-award/postponing
*Please note that the provision of some benefits may be impacted due to state and federal regulations and guidelines regarding COVID-19
Lakes Region Conservation Corps at Squam Lakes Association Candidate Qualifications:
We select Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who display a great attitude and commitment to conservation, enjoy hard work, and aren’t afraid to get dirty. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members must meet the following minimum qualifications to serve with our sites.
-Must be 18 years of age by start date of your program.
-Must be competent swimmer (dependent upon site)
-Able to lift 50 pounds (dependent upon site)
-Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking (dependent upon site)
-Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day (dependent upon site)
-Able to work independently and with a group
-Available for duration of program (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
-Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum requirements:
iii) Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US
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