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.
Responsibilities of the position
• Assist with hands on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new and gut rehab homes, as well as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.
• Hammering and nailing.
• Using power tools to cut and/or drill.
• Reading of house blueprints and transferring measurements to working foundations.
• Reading and implementing scopes of work.
• Climbing ladders and roof work.
• Installing insulation, sheetrock, stairs, flooring, windows, and fiber cement siding.
• Demolition work, removing sheetrock, insulation, mold removal, removing debris and trash.
• Crawling under homes.
• Finish work: installing hardware inside nearly completed homes, caulking, trim work, warranty work, painting.
• Take down and constructing scaffolding.
• Basic landscaping: raking, shoveling, digging, laying sod, etc.
• Set up and cleanup project sites.
• Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
• Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
• Implement daily construction assignments as directed by the Site Supervisor and/or Manager.
• Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.
• Provide direction, instructions, and support to volunteers and HFHMGC partner families who may possess different skill sets to execute construction assignments.
• Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
• Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
• Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
• Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with our construction staff.
• Be a leader and team player.
• On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.
• Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and NR programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.
• Become familiar with Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast’s mission, values, and goals.
• Learn and understand Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast’s policies and procedures.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Living allowance up to $12,630 for the 2017-2018 Program Year (46.5 weeks of service) for National members. Upon completion of hours and service term, an Education Award will be granted in the amount of $5,815.
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.
Come join our great Habitat family on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. Additional perks include a rental stipend of $300 a month, not to mention the beach and fun local events. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, please visit our website at www.hfhmgc.org.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
• Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential homebuilder.
• Experience with power tools.
• Strong verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to learn and follow HFHMGC’s construction policies & stay on task with the production schedule.
• Ability to plan & be organized under deadlines & shifting priorities; this includes means to anticipate tasks, set priorities, & meet deadlines.
• Experience working as a member of a team.
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience.
• Ability to manage and work with a diverse group of people.
• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
• Commitment to affordable housing.
• Knowledge of community development practices.
Physical requirements for this position
• Ability to walk on uneven ground or surfaces on a construction site on a regular basis.
• Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time.
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, wind, cold) – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer.
• Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories.
• Ability to drive large pickup trucks and construction equipment.
• Ability to lift heavy materials, machinery, tools, to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
• Ability and willingness to travel.
• Willingness to serve flexible hours.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check