Construction Crew Leader - 2021-22

Construction Crew Leader

Tentative start - Spring 2022 or open until filled

For one year, you can get paid to build sustainable solutions in a community, gain valuable hands on experience and prepare for your future. This full-time AmeriCorps service position offers a great opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of others while building your own knowledge and skillset.

AmeriCorps National members serve the community in direct service and capacity building activities.

What will you do?

The construction crew leader plays an integral part in building and repairing homes. Lead groups of skills and unskilled volunteers and homeowner families in construction activities while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment, thus, developing and enhancing your volunteer management and construction skills.

*Typically serve Tuesday – Saturday on the build site.
*Assist with all aspects of 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 construction, rehabilitation, critical home repair and weatherization projects.
*Lead small groups of volunteers and facilitate safe and positive experiences for everyone working on site.
*Maintain site safety by adhering to Habitat construction safety policies, modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education and site monitoring.

This position will focus on home construction, neighborhood revitalization and volunteer services aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.

Where will you serve?

Stroll through any Chicago neighborhood and you’ll see the city’s history and tradition unfolding before you. If you head downtown, you’ll find the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago and renowned Chicago Theater, or you can visit any of the 77 distinct community areas in the city to find a hidden gem of your own. You can explore a new neighborhood every day and see something different every time. Visit Lake Michigan for a day at the beach or find the nearest street fest for the best local dishes. With the right mentality, you will never be wanting for something to do. That’s not to say Chicago doesn’t have its problems though. It’s longstanding history of racist housing policies have led to largely segregated and disenfranchised neighborhoods. That’s why Habitat for Humanity Chicago is bringing people together to build strength, stability, and self-reliance at a community level. Creating safe, reliable housing with our Affordable Homeownership Program is just one part of that. Through ambitious, resident-driven efforts like the Neighborhood Grants Initiative, Home Care Workshop Series, and public Homebuyer University, Habitat Chicago helps to create successful homeowners and encourage civic engagement with the long-term goal of improving physical, social, and market conditions of target neighborhoods.

Help be a part of that change and join a thriving community of Chicago leaders. You will walk away with the technical experience, general knowledge, and overall confidence needed to take the next step in your life, whether it’s returning to school or landing the next job opportunity. AmeriCorps members at Habitat Chicago will also receive a travel stipend to help support their commute. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more at

Benefits of AmeriCorps service

*Living allowance $16,300 for approximately 10 ½ months of service.
*Segal Education Award of $6,345, upon successful completion of service.
*Health care benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
*Personal and medical leave — approximately 10 days total.
*Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
*Child care benefits, if you qualify.
*Worker’s compensation insurance.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident at least 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.

Preferred Qualifications

*Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
*Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
*Strong verbal communication skills.
*Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation.
*Experience working as a member of a team.
*Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
Chicago, IL
Job Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.


Habitat for Humanity International is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.