Are you interested in experiencing the seasonality of conservation work, from spending the quiet winter deep diving into projects, to the booming summer full of boots on the ground conservation? The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) has two 42.5 week positions available through the Lakes Region Conservation Corps from January 3rd, 2023 - October 27th, 2023.
The Squam Lakes Association is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps State program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals, regardless of current experience levels. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts in New Hampshire's Lakes Region (to learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, please visit: LakesRegionConservationCorps.org).
The program provides hands-on conservation experience and certifications over a broad range of areas that ensure that members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Full-year members at the SLA experience the seasonality of conservation in New Hampshire.
In the winter:
-maintain the SLA's 50+ miles of trails
-trek onto the ice-covered lake to monitor water quality
-lead volunteer crews in the field
-develop and lead engaging environmental education programs
-assist with developing conservation projects and reports
In the summer:
-scuba dive to remove invasive aquatic plants
-oversee our low-impact campsites
-develop environmental programs for the public and local summer youth camps
-remove invasive species
-maintain the SLA’s trail network
-educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives
Full-Year Lakes Region Conservation Corps members at the Squam Lakes Association have the opportunity to receive the following over the course of the program:
-SSI Open Water Diving certification
-Weed Control Diver certification
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
-NH Safe Boaters Card
-NH Commercial Boating License
-Plow operator training
-Ice safety training
-Water Quality training
-Lake Host training
-Housing with kitchen and laundry facilities
-Living allowance: $557 bi-weekly (subject to taxes)
-AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,495 upon successful completion of program (minimum of 1700 hours)
-AmeriCorps Health Insurance
-Eligible for student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
*Please note that the provision of some benefits may be impacted due to state and federal regulations and guidelines regarding COVID-19
To Apply and Learn More:
For more information or to apply please visit our website at LakesRegionConservationCorps.org/apply-now
Applications are reviewed and offers made on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply before the application deadline.
We select Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who display a great attitude and commitment to conservation, enjoy hard work, and aren't afraid to get dirty. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members must meet the following minimum qualifications to serve with our sites.
-Must be 18 years of age by start date of your program.
-Must be competent swimmer
-Able to lift 50 pounds
-Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
-Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
-Able to work independently and with a group
-Available for duration of program (Jan 3rd, 2023 – Oct 27th, 2023)
-Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by start date (reasonable accommodations for exemptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law)
-Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service's minimum requirements:
i) Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Check
ii) Must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service
iii) Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US