The AmeriCorps team member in this role is integral to our goal of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area. The member will give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our new construction, critical home repair and rehab projects.
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 rehab homes, as well as repair and weatherization projects.
• Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are safe, supported and 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.
• Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.
• Help with materials management on site and at storage units. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
• Setup and cleanup project sites.
• Prepare and maintain volunteer reception and gathering area.
• Educate onsite volunteers about the Habitat mission, activities and opportunities to be involved.
• Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
• On occasion, participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.
• Attend and participate in select Habitat SKC events; responsibilities may include setup, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.
• Generate and share stories, photos and/or videos about acts of service and affiliate programs.
• Track and document service time at least monthly.
• Complete and submit accurate Quarterly Reports that demonstrate training, outputs and outcomes.
Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position:
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Experience working as a member of a team
• Ability to drive large pickup trucks preferred (or willingness to learn)
• Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential homebuilder preferred
• Experience with power tools preferred
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience desirable
• Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel preferred
• Knowledge of community development practices preferred
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred languages being Spanish or Arabic
Physical requirements for this position:
• 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 three-stories
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions, rain or shine – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Monthly Rent Stipend: $500
Habitat carpool or Monthly Transportation Stipend: $54
Hand Tools & Gear Allotment: $100 (One time)
May be eligible for food benefits through the State.
Habitat AmeriCorps members receive a variety of position specific trainings including CPR/First Aid, Lockton Safety Courses, OSHA-10 training, and many more.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
See Description Above
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check