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 disaster risk, reduction, response, home construction, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.
Where will you serve?
New Orleans, Louisiana, or “The Big Easy”, is one of the most iconic cities in the South, thanks to its vibrant live music scene, gorgeous architecture, Cajun and Creole cultural influences, and—of course—the city’s legendary Mardi Gras celebrations. Though New Orleans only spans about 350 square miles, the city feels much larger than that with 13 unique districts—each with its own distinct vibe and things to do.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) was founded in 1983. Our mission is to responsibly build houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities and homeowner families, to ensure families can thrive in homes they can afford. We build single family houses, and rental units from foundation to finish. NOAHH’s new homeownership partner families are chosen based on their need for shelter, willingness to partner and ability to repay an interest free mortgage. In lieu of a traditional down payment on the home, partner families contribute 350 hours of “sweat equity” to the building of their home and the homes of other Habitat partner families. The cost of the home is paid back through a 20–30-year interest free mortgage.
AmeriCorps members play an integral part in building and repairing homes, leading to better neighborhoods and communities. As a construction crew leader, you will be assigned to a construction crew to build and repair structures. Together, you will perform hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, painting, caulking, demolition, framing, siding, insulation, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. You will also lead and develop groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and homeowner families in the building of new homes and/or repairing existing homes or completing weatherization projects. This is done while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment.
In addition to the standard benefits, we offer low cost housing. To learn more, visit www.habitat-nola.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 written and 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.