Construction Crew Leader - 2022-23
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 and neighborhood revitalization aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.
Where will you serve?
On the shores of Lake Michigan and Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee’s appeal is in its historic and quirky neighborhoods, festivals and music scenes that celebrate the local diverse culture, and year-round outdoor recreation offerings. Milwaukee has the best dining spots, must-see stops for history buffs, and plenty of options to entertain anyone.
Milwaukee Habitat has an incredible track record of supporting community change especially around issues of crime and resident engagement. We are an energetic organization that builds around 20 new homes during a service year. Generally, in the winter, the homes our AmeriCorps members work on will be heated. Our focus is block by block change, currently focusing on the historic Harambee Neighborhood.
AmeriCorps members can expect lots of hard work, responsibility, and fun! Construction members will have opportunities to lead many volunteer teams, usually multiple times per week, and office members will have opportunities to take on significant projects during a service term. All of our members gain significant technical skills; however, we put as much or more emphasis on growing soft skills. Learn significant leadership, conflict resolution, and communication skills during your service term. In addition to the standard benefits, our AmeriCorps members receive a housing subsidy of $300 per month.
Learn more about our organization and our mission at www.milwaukeehabitat.org.
Benefits of AmeriCorps service
*Living allowance $17,000 for approximately 10 ½ months of service.
*Segal Education Award of $6,495, 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.
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.
*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.
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.