Construction Crew Leader - DC - 2024-25

Construction Crew Leader - DC

For one year, 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 an 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 aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.

Where will you serve?

  • Organization name: HFH of Washington DC and Northern Virginia
  • Nearest metropolitan area: Washington DC
  • Full-time staff: 23
  • Expected number of AmeriCorps members: 13
  • Number of homes to be built: 27
  • Activities and attractions: The National Capitol area offers many unique local attractions that are free of charge, such as the Smithsonian museums and zoo, as well as tours of our nation’s landmarks like the White House, Capitol building, war memorials, and National Monument. If you are a history buff, this location is perfect for you because you can view historical relics, such as the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence, which are housed in the National Archives building. Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia also boast lots of great outdoor activities from hiking nearby trails to paddle boating in the Tidal basin and biking paths that extend all the way from the city to the suburbs of Virginia. Last, this area is home to many different cultures as people from all over the world move to this area; therefore, there is lots of delicious cuisine to try and diverse groups of people to meet.
  • Unique projects: For our upcoming new construction project in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7, we will be constructing seventeen duplexes to passive home standards. Passive homes are energy efficient. They consume 90% less heating and cooling energy than other homes by focusing on ventilation, insulation, window installation, and airtight construction. The construction crew leaders will be hands-on for this construction so they will learn lots about sustainable building practices.

Benefits of AmeriCorps service

  • Living allowance of $18,700 for approximately 10 ½ months of service.
  • Segal Education Award of $7,395, upon successful completion of service (lifetime maximum of two full education awards).
  • Forbearance for most federally-guaranteed student loans.
  • Health care benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
  • Personal and medical leave — approximately 10 days total.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Child care benefits, if you qualify.
  • Worker’s compensation insurance.

Supplemental Benefits

  • Housing stipend paid directly to your landlord - $785 per month
  • Transportation allowance - $135 per month

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.

What are we looking for?

Our ideal candidates:

  • Are passionate about serving the community through direct service.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background.
  • Desire to gain hands-on experience in the affordable housing and nonprofit sector.
  • Have experience working on a team.
  • Possess stellar interpersonal communication skills.
  • Are motivated and committed to serve full time and in person.
Washington, DC
District of Columbia
Position Category:
Volunteer Opportunity
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanityfounded 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.

At Habitat for Humanity International, we embrace a history rooted in creating equity and take our mission seriously by courageously committing to a culture and workplace where all staff feel safe, welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued. As an equal opportunity employer, we realize that our success depends upon building an inclusive workforce of diverse perspectives and encourage people of varied races (which is inclusive of traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, protective hairstyles and hair texture), ethnicities, national origins, tribes, religions, ages, gender identities and expressions, genders, sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, veteran/reserve national guard statuses, socio-economic statuses, thinking and communication styles to work with us.

We also require that all staff take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities (especially children), and all those with whom we work. In line with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, all staff must pass a thorough background screening and will be held accountable to upholding our policies around ethical behavior, including safeguarding and whistleblowing.