The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts. The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field.
In 2018, LRCT will be hosting six LRCC-LRCT members for 22.5 weeks from May though October. Members will work on a variety of projects including maintaining LRCT's 95+ miles of trails, acting as island and property hosts at LRCT's conservation properties, leading guided excursions and other educational and outreach opportunities, working on special property management projects such as construction of bridges and kiosks, updating property boundary markings and signage, monitoring conservation easements, removing invasive terrestrial plants, and conducting property research and property record keeping projects. LRCC-LRCT members will receive training in land conservation methods, conservation and recreational land management, and education and outreach. LRCT is a nationally Accredited Land Trust and an active member of the Land Trust Alliance and NH Land Trust Coalition. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is an independent, nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to the permanent protection, stewardship, and respectful use of lands that define the character of the region and its quality of life. LRCT protects more than 25,000 acres of land in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. These lands encompass over 95 miles of trails, 5 islands, numerous mountain summits, and a variety of other destinations that are open to the public.
LRCC members receive the following over the course of the program regardless of host site:
-NH Safe Boating certification
-NH Commercial Boating license
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
-Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
-Living allowance ($200 weekly, distributed biweekly)
-AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
LRCC members must meet the following qualifications regardless of host site:
-Must be 18 years of age by May 21, 2018
-Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
-Must be a 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 from May 21, 2018 through October 24, 2018 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
-Must apply online
-Must pass all certification exams
-Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service's minimum requirements:
-Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks
-Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US
-Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service