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, home repair and volunteer services aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.
Where will you serve?
Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County (Habitat EJC) is in beautiful Port Townsend, WA. The surrounding area is steeped in fascinating history, from its early Native American roots to its Victorian architecture and maritime legacy, boasting two National Historic Landmark Districts. Opportunities for outdoor adventure abound, from beaches to Olympic National Park. Located just two hours from the Seattle metro area on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, our area has world-class restaurants, robust art and cultural experiences and much more. It’s just a day trip to visit some of the most spectacular examples of temperate rain forest in the lower 48 states.
Our organization was founded in 1998 and has completed 56 new homes, 30 home repair projects, 10 recycled houses, and one rehabilitated house to date. We are currently meeting our goal of building eight new homes per year and are launching both building multi-family housing and a plan for permanent affordability within the next year. We have recently onboarded our largest ever group of partner families. Habitat EJC works with 400+ volunteers annually, including Care-A-Vanners, group builders, and recurring volunteers. Our construction staff consists of experienced teachers and building professionals.
Our AmeriCorps members are a key piece of our construction crew, providing the volunteers with a safe and comfortable experience. AmeriCorps members will be provided with the training to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED and Competent Person certifications, giving them the base skills to start on the construction site safely before being coached in site management, volunteer interactions, and construction techniques. AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for site hospitality, ensuring that the perks for volunteering make their way into the hands of the volunteers—coffee, snacks, t-shirts, and more—and that Personal Protective Equipment is inspected and worn correctly.
AmeriCorps members have access to subsidized, secured housing, with a stipend paid directly to the landlord. All tools and Personal Protective Equipment are provided, including a tablet with data and prescription safety glasses, if necessary. A work attire stipend is given in the first week. All job-related travel is reimbursed at the federal mileage rate. We also provide a Discovery Pass, giving free parking at all Washington State Parks, including Fort Worden State Park (located within Port Townsend city limits). Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County by visiting www.habitatejc.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.