Lexington Habitat for Humanity is excited to host another class of AmeriCorps members! Since 1986, LHFH has offered over 430 families the opportunity to purchase affordable housing, in addition to serving dozens of additional families through Critical Home Repair (CHR) projects, Home Preservation projects, and community events that include clean-ups and park improvement projects. Through direct service with current homeowners, new homebuyers and community partners, members will come to know Lexington intimately and will gain a broad understanding of issues that have impacted Lexington’s affordable housing issues historically and currently.
Lexington is currently in the midst of a revitalization of its downtown area, and has seen a boom in the number of small, local businesses offering exciting new foods and entertainment. Enjoy easy access to world-class rock climbing and hiking in the Red River Gorge as well as all the delights of living in the Horse Capital of the World! For more information about Lexington Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website - www.lexhabitat.org
Construction Crew Leader
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.
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
• 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
• Ability (or willingness to learn) to drive large pick-up trucks
• Experience with power tools
• 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 11 new builds and 10 Critical Home Repair (CHR) projects, and as a result, serve 21 families. In addition, you will have recruited and/or managed 60 volunteers in the building, rehabilitation, or repair of homes, as well as train at least 5 volunteers to be skilled volunteer group leaders.
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/lexington-hfh-national-construction-crew-leader
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Student loan forbearance, Training
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.
- 10 personal/sick days
- Approximately 9 holidays
- Members Assistance Program (MAP) - offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources
High School Graduate
Subject to criminal background check