Serve, learn, lead and explore in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! An outdoor lover’s paradise is what you’ll find when you arrive in Central Oregon in the lovely town of Bend, OR. Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing affordable homeownership opportunities for families and individuals in Bend. Over the past 28 years, Bend Area Habitat has built 119 homes and repaired 70 more, providing more than 600 children and adults with safe, secure and healthy homes. Benefits beyond the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award include a housing stipend of at least $400/month, a grocery stipend for your first month of service, numerous training and networking opportunities, excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, and a staff small enough to get to know but big enough to tackle the difficult task of battling low income affordable housing in our area! In your off hours, hike the many miles of trails within an hour’s drive, visit the numerous breathtaking waterfalls, take a drive to the incomparable Crater Lake National Park, or drive just a few hours west and hit the Pacific Coast! Oregon has it all! Visit our website to learn more!
Construction Crew Leader
The member serving in this role will help boost the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our new construction and rehab projects. With the assistance of the AmeriCorps member serving in this role, we anticipate completing eight (8) new builds and one (1) rehab during the 2018-2019 term with a total of nine (9) families served. We also anticipate several outreach events to occur, which will utilize members to spread the word about our programs and encourage the community to get at involved as volunteers on our worksites or apply as family partners. A secondary goal of this position is to have 3-6 volunteers trained to be skilled volunteer group leaders for our affiliate. Another area of focus of this member is the green, energy efficiency and sustainable aspects of our new homes with the goal being to increase the performance of all homes we are involved with. We view the construction crew leaders as integral to our goals of building more and better homes and improving neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area.
• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver's license
• Personal vehicle
• Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions - sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer
• Experience with power tools
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Ability to take initiative and be a leader
• Ability to learn new tasks and be flexible
• Knowledge of reading blueprints, understanding building codes and safety
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
Benefits of Service:
• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $13,732 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
• Segal Education Award of $5,920 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act compliant health care plan (Habitat pays the monthly premiums)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• 10 personal/sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources
What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will have helped us recruit over 30 volunteers, assist in the build of nine (9) homes and positively impacted at minimum 30 individuals, including a military veteran. Additionally, you will enhance skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building, time & project management, construction and safety.
What’s needed to apply?
• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section
Apply here: https://www.habitat.org/about/careers/bend-area-hfh-national-construction-crew-leader
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Members are encouraged to have their own vehicle to travel to the job site(s) each day. Members may also be needed to drive affiliate vehicles, like box trucks and trailers, so the candidate would need to be comfortable with driving and have a clean driving record. Bend experiences all four seasons, so members will need to be prepared for extreme cold and precipitation and extreme heat. Bend is a high desert with lots of sunlight and low humidity.
Subject to criminal background check