Habitat for Humanity of Kent County seeks to fill an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leadership member role.
The member serving in this role will be part of the AmeriCorps team that will give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our Critical Home Repair (CHR), Rehab, and new construction projects. With the assistance of the AmeriCorps members serving in this role, we anticipate completing 6 new build (3 multi-family units), 5 CHRs, and 1 rehab during the service term, with a total of 15 families served. We also anticipate at least 2 community events to occur. We view the construction crew leaders as integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area.
As members become familiar with our work they will be able to lead small volunteer crews on sites, which will improve the volunteer’s experiences and the rate we are able to complete homes.
A personal vehicle is required. Habitat Kent will provide cell phone reimbursement.
Responsibilities of the Position
- Assist with 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 and gut rehab homes, Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.
- Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
- Train volunteers to properly use tools including handling and safety requirements.
- Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
- Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
- Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with our construction staff.
- Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.
- Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
- Set up and cleanup project sites.
- Maintain site logs for each project completed in order for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.
- Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
- On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.
- Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and NR programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.
Required Meetings, Trainings, and Events
Minimum expectations are outlined below, with the understanding that further trainings may be required as determined by HFHI, CNCS or the host site.
- On Site Orientation to local host site
- First Aid/CPR
- HabitatLearns “Foundations of Habitat” series
- Lockton Safety Courses
- Build-a-Thon (spring)
- National Days of Service (MLK Day required, 9/11 Day of Remembrance and AmeriCorps Week encouraged)
- HFHI Host Site Monitoring Reviews and periodic check-in calls
- Monthly meeting with HSM (minimum)
- Bi-weekly meeting with direct supervisor (minimum)
- Life After AmeriCorps Training (LAFTA)
- Staff meetings, Construction Committee meetings, Board meetings and home dedications, as appropriate
- Annual staff/AmeriCorps team build day
Habitat Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Send resume to email@example.com. No phone calls or walk-ins.