Serve, learn, lead and explore while serving as an AmeriCorps member with Waukesha County Habitat. Waukesha County Habitat has rapidly expanded the last few years, going from building one home a year to redeveloping entire neighborhoods. Our AmeriCorps members play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating new tools and systems to build capacity. Our members are the ambassadors of Habitat Waukesha County, interacting with over 1,500 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders. During a year of service with Habitat Waukesha, AmeriCorps members will gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in construction, leadership and community development. Receive training and networking opportunities, and join a staff of motivated professionals who are excited to share their experience and knowledge. In your off hours, hike the trails of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, visit the historic Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and enjoy all that the vibrant city of Milwaukee to our east has to offer. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in Waukesha County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, please visit our website, habitatwaukesha.org.
As a Construction Crew Leader, you are integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area. Your primary responsibility will be to assist with hands on construction tasks including, but not limited to, site prep, framing, roofing, finish carpentry, landscaping and clean up. Additionally, you will lead small groups of volunteers, providing them with on-site orientations and safety talks and ensuring that they are well-employed while on work sites. On occasion, you may participate in larger community projects or affiliate events. On occasion, you will also serve in Deconstruction, assisting in the safe removal of re-sellable items from remodel projects throughout the community.
Please Note: while construction experience is helpful, it is not required.
• 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
• Ability (or willingness to learn) to drive large box trucks, vans and pick-up trucks
• Strong verbal communication skills
• 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
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
Benefits of Service:
• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $12,630 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
• Segal Education Award of $5,815 (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 complete 4 new builds, 2 rehab projects and 15 repair program projects, and as a result, serve 21 families. In addition, you will have recruited and/or managed 850 volunteers in the building, rehabilitation, or repair of homes. Furthermore, you will have helped the Deconstruction Team to salvage and divert tons of material from being deposited into the local landfills.
Many benefits vary by service location. However all Habitat AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to travel to 2 national events, National Service Leadership Conference and the Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. Habitat AmeriCorps members also receive a variety of position specific trainings including CPR/First Aid, Lockton Safety Courses, and many more.
Subject to criminal background check