Habitat for Humanity of Kent County seeks to fill an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader 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 training 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, Training, and Events
Minimum expectations are outlined below, with the understanding that further training may be required as determined by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), or the Habitat Kent.
- On-site orientation to local host site
- First Aid/CPR
- Habitat Learns – “Foundation of Habitat” online series
- Lockton safety online courses
- Annual sponsored blitz build – Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon
- National days of service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (required), September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and AmeriCorps Week (encouraged)
- Host site monitoring reviews and periodic check-in calls
- Monthly meeting with host site manager
- Bi-weekly meeting with direct supervisor
- Life After AmeriCorps training
- Staff, construction committee and board meetings and home dedications, as appropriate.
- Annual staff or AmeriCorps team build day.
- Individual and/or group professional development training may be made available based on budget, member interest and recommendation of the host site manager or direct supervisor.
- Habitat Kent events, including “Welcome Home Event” for veterans
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
- Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
- Previous experience with a residential homebuilder or as a construction AmeriCorps member
- Experience with power tools
- Ability to drive large pick-up trucks (or willingness to learn)
- 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, teaching or group facilitation
- Experience working as a member of a larger team
- A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
- Knowledge of community development practices
- Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel
- 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
To apply, send resume as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org. Habitat Kent is focused on recruiting a diverse and equitable workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls or walk-ins.