Help strengthen communities through a year of service with Habitat AmeriCorps.
For one year, you get paid to help build sustainable solutions in the community, gain valuable hands-on experiences and prepare for your future.
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that take different approaches to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year, tackling various community needs in different ways.
In 2020-2021, Beaches Habitat is seeking 2 qualified candidates: one to serve as a Construction Crew Leader and one to serve as a Volunteer Services Coordinator.
This position has been filled.
Reports to: Community Outreach Director
Service Week (days/times): Tuesday – Friday, 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday, 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM with occasional evenings, Sundays or Mondays
Goals: Building and repairing more homes is an integral part of our contribution to better neighborhoods and communities, increasing the number of families served. The member will help manage and develop groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and homeowner families on the build sites, all while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment.
Assist with volunteer management including orientations, maintenance of database, volunteer tracking and follow up for opportunities in construction, office, special events, and with other needs.
- Work with construction staff to fulfill daily tasks needed to ensure successful volunteer build day: signing volunteers in, providing orientation and safety briefing, helping put away tools with volunteers at the end of the day and ordering necessary volunteer supplies.
- Develop written volunteer position or assignment descriptions, as needed.
- Develop and implement effective recruitment messaging.
- Visit the build site to observe and gain an understanding of tasks in which volunteers are asked to participate, occasionally building alongside volunteers.
- Schedule and communicate affiliate need with all assigned individual volunteers and volunteer groups (e.g., crew leaders, Women Build, faith-based groups, and Collegiate Challenge).
- Assist in coordination of projects, including: Collegiate Challenge, Bike & Build, Women Build, Interfaith Build, Habitat Young Professionals, and non-construction projects for youth.
- Improve volunteer resource database by updating contact information for volunteers who can assist with specific needs.
- Maintain communication with volunteers through a monthly volunteer e-newsletter, regular posting on social media, writing content for periodic blog posts and by updating volunteer-related areas of the affiliate website.
- Plan and execute the annual volunteer appreciation banquet.
- Develop new and revise existing volunteer recognition tools.
- Update and recommend improvements to volunteer experience survey, analyzing the results that follow.
- Attend community outreach programs to promote volunteer opportunities, including events targeted at the military, veteran and senior communities. Secure and manage affiliate presence at volunteer fairs.
- Strengthening existing and developing new partnerships with community businesses and organizations to provide in-kind donations for Collegiate Challenge, Bike & Build and other volunteer services.
- Assist with planning and execution of on-site events, including home dedications, wall raising and ground breaking ceremonies, and CEO Build.
- Photograph and/or record volunteer events, construction site activities and other events for use on the affiliate website, social media, newsletter and other affiliate publications.
Experience, knowledge and skills:
- Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
- Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong research skills.
- Detail oriented and highly organized.
- Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation.
- Experience working as a member of a larger team.
- A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish or French.
- Public speaking experience.
- Knowledge of community development practices.
- Project management experience.
- Knowledge of WordPress and Adobe Creative Suites or other design software
- Experience with photography and/or videography
- Ability to sit at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
- About 50% of this position requires outreach in the community, including visiting buildings and homes that may have stairs, as well as occasionally serving on project sites that may have uneven terrain.
- Ability to maneuver on a construction site (over dirt, rocks, piles of materials, etc.) in order to sign in and great volunteers, as well as photograph volunteer events on the site.
- Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer. While this position is primarily in the office, the member will be on site regularly to interact with volunteers.
Service site environment:
Member will primarily serve in a private office. The member will have a desk, computer (with email and Internet access) and a phone for service-related tasks. Shared resources include a printer, copy machine, fax machine as well as office supplies. On volunteer days, member will be on the active construction site to greet and sign in volunteers, delivery snacks, and take photographs.
Member will occasionally be engaged in community build or improvement projects, such as community clean ups, serving outside in various types of weather.
Public transportation options are limited in our community so access to a personal vehicle is required to get to and from service, as well as any required meetings. Approved service-related mileage, beyond commuting to and from service, will be reimbursed per the Habitat organization’s policy.
A Habitat-owned vehicle may be available on occasion for member to use for service-related meetings and community outreach.
This hands-on experience provides you with an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and confidence while serving a critical role in helping Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.
For the 2020-2021 service year, Beaches Habitat has two AmeriCorps National positions available.
AmeriCorps National members serve the community in direct service and capacity building activities.
A complete term of service requires the completion of 1,700 service hours and typically lasts 10½ months.
- Construction crew leader (position has been filled)
- Volunteer services coordinator
AmeriCorps members are an integral part of the Beaches Habitat for Humanity team, helping us serve more families and recruit and lead more volunteers.
Members will live and serve just a few miles away from the beautiful Jacksonville Beaches, as well as a network of parks, waterways and nature preserves. In addition, we are a short drive away from the arts, sports and culture of downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
AmeriCorps National Member Benefits
- Living allowance.
- Segal Education Award after successful completion of service.
- Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
- Child care benefits, if you qualify.
- Affordable Care Act-compliant health plan.
- Personal and medical leave days - approximately 10 total.
- and more (view detailed description of benefits)
Beaches Habitat Supplemental Benefits
- Rent-free housing shared by members during service (available to Beaches Habitat members only).
- Tool allowance for Construction Crew Leader
Ways in which AmeriCorps members are supported in service and beyond
- Building sustainable solutions in the community.
- Gaining valuable real-world experiences.
- Preparing for your future.
Why Habitat AmeriCorps?
- Raise your awareness of the social issues that face
- Learn and develop new skills and confidence.
- Gain hands-on project management experience.
- Increase your knowledge of service and engagement.
- Maximize your construction and homebuilding experience.
- Improve your performance and opportunities for a future job.
- Visit habitat.org/americorps.
- Search opportunities and submit a résumé and motivation statement.
- If qualified, interview with staff from Beaches Habitat.
- If chosen, accept verbal offer and complete pre-enrollment requirements, including an application at my.americorps.gov.
- Begin service with your local Habitat organization.