DuPage HFH - National - Construction Crew Leader
Serve, learn, lead and explore just outside of Chicago. DuPage Habitat for Humanity has been hosting AmeriCorps members since 2011. Our AmeriCorps members play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating new tools and systems to build capacity. Our members are the ambassadors of DuPage Habitat for Humanity, interacting with over 3,000 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders.
During a year of service with DuPage Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps members gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, public speaking and community development. Benefits beyond the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award include communal housing with other AmeriCorps members.
In your off hours there is so much to do in our community! Chicago and all that it provides is a short train ride away. DuPage County also has a number of great downtown areas with great dining, shopping and more. Social activities are also organized throughout the year for our AmeriCorps members – past events include: karaoke, concerts, pot-luck dinners and an outing to a Chicago White Sox games. DuPage County also has miles of trails and paths for enjoying the outdoors. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in DuPage County.
For more information about DuPage Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website.
Construction Crew Leader
As a Construction Crew Leader, you are integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area. Your primary responsibility will be to assist with hands on construction tasks including, but not limited to, site prep, framing, roofing, finish carpentry, landscaping and clean up. Additionally, you will lead small groups of volunteers, providing them with on-site orientations and safety talks and ensuring that they are well-employed while on work sites. On occasion, you may participate in larger community projects or affiliate events.
Please Note: while construction experience is helpful, it is not required.
• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver's license
• Personal vehicle (ideal due to limited public transportation options)
• Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions - sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer
• Experience with power tools
• Ability (or willingness to learn) to drive large pick-up trucks
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
Benefits of Service:
• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $13,732 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
• Segal Education Award of $5,920 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act compliant health care plan (Habitat pays the monthly premiums)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• 10 personal/sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources
What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will recruit/manage 1,500 volunteers in the building, rehabilitation, or repair of homes and train one volunteer to serve as group leader in each of our Neighborhood Revitalization programs. You will participate in two (2) community outreach projects and help us complete eight (8) new builds, eight (8) Critical Home Repair (CHR) and 15 "A Brush With Kindness" (ABWK), plus one (1) Rehab, in service of 32 families. Additionally, you will gain enhanced skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building time & project management construction and safety.
What’s needed to apply?
• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section