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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 2021-2022, Beaches Habitat's AmeriCorps team will include four members. Two Construction Crew Leader positions are still available.

Construction Crew Leader

Reports to: Construction Director

Service Week (days/times): Tuesday – Thursday, 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Friday, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Saturday, 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM with occasional evenings, Sundays or Mondays

Goals: The construction crew leader plays an integral part in building and repairing homes. They lead groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and homeowners in construction activities while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment, thus developing and enhancing their volunteer management and construction skills.

Service Activities:

  • 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, and repair 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 instruction, and site monitoring.
  • Attend and participate in select Habitat organization events; responsibilities may include set up, clean up, and engaging with attendees, informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our Habitat organization’s mission, education programming, neighborhood revitalization programming, and how to become a volunteer or homeowner family.

Experience, knowledge and skills:

Minimum Requirements

  • AmeriCorps members must be U.S. citizens, national or lawful permanent residents.
  • AmeriCorps members must be at least 18 or older.
  • AmeriCorps members must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • AmeriCorps members may have recurring access to vulnerable populations and must satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria.
  • Current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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, instructing individuals, or facilitating groups.
  • Experience working as a member of a team.
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
  • Ability to drive large pickup trucks (or willingness to learn).

Physical requirements

  • Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work on ladders and heights up to two stories.
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions. Sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer.

Service site environment:

The service site is an active construction site, often with rough and uneven terrain. Members will serve both indoors and outdoors during all types of weather. Construction tools will be provided. Members will have access to a shared computer station in the Habitat organization office to check service-related email and complete timesheets and reporting.

Personal Vehicle:

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 to travel between sites and to attend required meetings. Approved service-related mileage, beyond commuting to and from service, will be reimbursed per the Habitat organization’s policy.

The Habitat organization owns three construction vehicles that the member may be required to drive on occasion.

Volunteer Services Coordinator

Reports to: Community Outreach Director

Service Week (days/times): Tuesday – Thursday, 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Friday, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Saturday, 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM with occasional evenings, Sundays or Mondays

Goals:

The volunteer services coordinator helps recruit, train, schedule, and recognize local volunteers. They build relationships in the community to grow the overall volunteer base and advance individual and group partnerships. They market within the community to recruit new volunteers and develop new events and opportunities for volunteers to engage with the mission of Habitat for Humanity. They assist with all aspects of volunteer management, including initial orientation, database maintenance, and tracking, and promoting volunteer opportunities as they arise.

Service Activities:

  • Typically serve Tuesday through Saturday to support work on the build site.
  • Recruit and schedule volunteers for construction, office, education program, and special events opportunities.
  • Assist with all aspects of volunteer management including orientations, maintenance of database, volunteer tracking, and follow-up.
  • Work with construction staff members to ensure successful volunteer build days – signing volunteers in, providing orientation and safety briefings, helping put away tools with volunteers at the end of the day, and ordering necessary volunteer supplies.
  • Occasionally provide on-site leadership for volunteers in construction (typically on Saturdays).
  • Work with education program staff members to support volunteers – signing volunteers in, organizing tutoring materials, assisting with outcome tracking for tutor/students interactions, and organizing weekly book club for afterschool program participants.
  • Develop and/or revise volunteer recruitment, management, and recognition tools.
  • Assist in the coordination of projects, including Collegiate Challenge, Bike & Build, Women Build, Interfaith Build, Habitat Young Professionals, and non-construction projects for youth.
  • Assist with planning and execution of on-site events, including home dedications, wall raising and groundbreaking ceremonies, and CEO Build.
  • Assist with the execution of marketing and communications strategies, including contributing to blog, email, and social media content.
  • Photograph and/or record volunteer events, construction site activities and other events for use on the organization website, social media, newsletter, and other Beaches Habitat publications.
  • Attend and participate in select Beaches Habitat events; responsibilities may include set up, clean up, and engaging with attendees, informing them about the AmeriCorps program, Habitat’s mission, education programming, neighborhood revitalization programming, and how to become a volunteer or homeowner family.

Experience, knowledge, and skills:

Required

  • AmeriCorps members must be U.S. citizens, national or lawful permanent residents.
  • AmeriCorps members must be at least 18 or older.
  • AmeriCorps members must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • AmeriCorps members may have recurring access to vulnerable populations and must satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria.
  • Current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Preferred

  • 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.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Adobe Creative Suites or other design software.

Physical requirements

  • 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 work in varying weather conditions. (Sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer.)

Service site environment:

Member will primarily serve in 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, the member will be on the active construction site and in two local community centers to greet and sign in volunteers, deliver snacks, organize materials, 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.

Personal Vehicle:

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 to travel between sites and to attend 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 members to use for service-related meetings and community outreach.

Why should I serve with Habitat AmeriCorps?

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.

What type of service could I do with Beaches Habitat AmeriCorps?

For the 2021-2022 service year, Beaches Habitat has four AmeriCorps National positions available.

AmeriCorps National members help meet community needs through direct service and capacity-building activities.

Each AmeriCorps National member will complete a minimum of 1,700 service hours and 10½ months of service. To successfully complete their service term, members must complete all required development activities and reporting, meet or exceed1,700 service hours and serve through their assigned completion date.

Available positions:

  • Construction crew leader
  • Volunteer services coordinator

Why choose Beaches Habitat?

At Beaches Habitat, AmeriCorps members are an essential part of our team, helping us serve more families and recruit and lead more
volunteers through their service. Members will serve alongside future homeowners, volunteers, and experienced staff, many of whom previously served as AmeriCorps members. Through their service, members will gain valuable leadership and professional skills and develop relationships with caring and committed individuals who will support them throughout their service year.

Our Northeastern Florida location is perfect for the outdoorsy type who doesn't mind the heat. Pack that sunscreen and bring your flip-flops (but not to the construction site!) for miles of wide, white sandy
beaches, parks, and nature preserves. Outside of service, members will enjoy outdoor activities, casual fun restaurants, and vibrant nightlife in Atlantic Beach and the surrounding beach communities.

What are the benefits of service?

AmeriCorps National Member Benefits

  • Living allowance minimum of $16,300 for 10½ months of full-time service.
  • The Segal Education Award of $6,345 following successful completion of service with a lifetime maximum of two awards.
  • The education award is good for seven years from the end of service and can be used to repay your qualified student loans or for your future education at eligible schools. National members age 55 and older at the start of service may be eligible to transfer the award to certain family members.
  • Possible forbearance of your qualified student loan, including accrued interest payments after the successful completion of the term of service. 
  • Health plan benefits – eligible for an Affordable Care Act compliant-health plan.
  • Childcare benefits, if you qualify.
  • Inclusion in a Member Assistance Program that offers counseling and financial planning resources.
  • Worker’s compensation.
  • Personal and medical leave days - approximately 10 total.

Beaches Habitat Supplemental Benefits

  •  Rent-free housing shared by members during service (available to Beaches Habitat members only).
  • Tool allowance for Construction Crew Leaders

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
    your community.
  • 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.

How do I apply?

  1. Visit habitat.org/americorps.
  2. Search opportunities and submit a résumé and motivation statement.
  3. If qualified, interview with staff from Beaches Habitat.
  4. If chosen, accept verbal offer and complete pre-enrollment requirements, including an application at my.americorps.gov.
  5. Begin service with your local Habitat organization.

Still have questions?

Visit our AmeriCorps FAQs for more information.

Or Contact our AmeriCorps Host Site Manager, Sarah Jared, at (904) 595-5793 or volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.