Looking to break into the field of conservation, but don’t know where to start? Consider spending your summer in beautiful New Hampshire and joining the Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC), a 22.5 week AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for the next generation of conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The LRCC summer/fall program features 7 host sites, each offering unique experiences and opportunities to members.
Key responsibilities may include:
-Work toward the eradication of invasive species in the lakes and watershed.
-Maintain and construct regional trail networks.
-Engage both youth and adults in environmental education and outreach programs.
-Recruit and lead volunteer crews.
Each host site operates independently and has additional, specialized duties and experiences. Highlights of each site are included below, but applicants are encouraged to learn more about each host site here https://www.lakesregionconservationcorps.org/lrcc-sites
Camp Hale (2 positions available)
Members have the benefit of living and working on Squam Lake within a camp environment, while not actually working as a camp counselor. Members receive free meals during camp sessions and are included in the camp community, making it easy to form engaging relationships with peers from around the world. Housing is provided on site.
Green Mountain Conservation Group (2 positions available)
Members will participate in water quality research and education throughout the Ossipee Watershed, with a focus on microplastic pollution. Members will be expected to follow technical data collection protocols, engage with volunteers and community members, and provide educational opportunities and content to individuals of all ages. Housing is provided on site.
Newfound Lake Region Association (2 positions available)
Members of NLRA spend extensive time leading teams in the field in the Newfound Lake Region and engaging in the community. Members receive additional training on storm water and erosion management with the goal of building climate change resiliency in the region. Housing is provided.
Lakes Region Conservation Trust (2 positions available)
Center Harbor, NH
LRCC-LRCT members will receive training in land conservation methods, conservation and recreational land management, and education and outreach. Land Stewards will work on a variety of projects, including trail maintenance, terrestrial invasive plant removal, monitoring LRCT preserves and conservation easements, and more. Housing is provided.
Merrimack River Watershed Council (1 position available)
Members serving at MRWC will work on restoration projects throughout the Merrimack River watershed, coordinate education and outreach events, and develop the MRWC’s communications on social media. Members receive professional development opportunities including in-house training, staff mentoring, and engaging with partners.
Squam Lakes Conservation Society (1 position available)
Members receive conservation easement trainings in order to independently assess a variety of properties in the lakes region. Members also have the opportunity to develop and apply ArcGIS skills within the organization. Housing is provided.
Squam Lakes Association (3 positions available)
Members serve within a team, scuba diving to remove variable milfoil from Squam Lake, spending weekends camping on our islands caretakers, maintaining over 55 miles of trails within the Squam Range, developing education programs, and more. Members both receive and actively apply their SSI scuba certification and weed control diver certification, as well as spend ample time on the lake during service. Housing is provided.
All members have the opportunity to receive these trainings, certifications, and benefits:
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
-Living allowance; $534 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
-NH Commercial Boating License
-Housing provided, or $250 bi-weekly housing allowance (dependent on host site)
-Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans
-AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,172.50 received upon successful completion of the program and a minimum of 900 hours
-Additional trainings provided vary by host site.
* The provision of these trainings are contingent upon the operation of the organizations hosting them, which may be impacted due to COVID-19.
May 16, 2022 through October 19, 2022. This is a 22.5 week AmeriCorps program. Members must complete at least 900 hours over the course of the program in order to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
April 1, applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and offers made on a rolling basis.
Minimum Qualifications as per AmeriCorps CNCS Guidelines:
-Must be 18 years of age by May 16, 2022
-Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of program
-Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident
-Must clear all required national service criminal history checks
-Must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, or be working towards obtaining one during term of service