Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. AmeriCorps Member

Position Summary:

AmeriCorps Position – Construction Crew Leader
11-month commitment starting in August
Tuesday-Saturday | 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Construction Crew Leader assists our construction staff in running the build site on a daily basis by completing the day’s work plan, solving problems, and ensuring volunteers and partner families have a meaningful experience and are satisfied with their involvement. This position also serves as the “face” of DC Habitat for our volunteers and residents of the communities where we build. He/she builds relationships with volunteers and partner families while instructing, coaching, and encouraging participation in the construction process and maintaining focus on our three on-site priorities: safety, productivity, and fun.

Responsibilities:
-Perform hands-on construction work including, but not limited to, demolition, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new construction homes, rehabs, and critical home repair.
-Train and lead groups of volunteers in construction of DC Habitat homes.
-Facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
-Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and partner families.
-Help identify skilled and enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work.
-Enforce safety by modeling safe behavior, monitoring volunteers’ safety, and taking corrective action when necessary.
-Help maintain and manage materials on construction sites and at the warehouse, and set up and clean up project sites.
-Learn and implement green building techniques to meet Passive House, Earthcraft, LEED, and other energy-efficient building standards
-On occasion, participate in larger community projects such as lot clean-ups, community gardens, etc.
-Participate in team activities, including local orientation, weekly meetings, training sessions, and team-building days.
-Drive DC Habitat vehicles during service hours.

Requirements:
-Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED (Bachelor’s or other higher education degree preferred)
-Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien
-Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and communicate with diverse groups of people
-Experience with Habitat or construction preferred, but not required
-Interest in affordable housing and community development
-Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience desirable
-Have a valid drivers’ license and clean driving record; experience driving pick-up trucks is a plus
-Must be able to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
-Must be able to lift and carry tools and materials weighing at least 30 pounds
-Must be able to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
-Must be able to work in varying weather conditions – our sites are open year-round during all safe weather conditions

Compensation:
This is an AmeriCorps National Direct position. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov/americorps. DC Habitat AmeriCorps commit to 11 months of full-time service and receive the following benefits:

-Living allowance up to $12,530 paid over the full 46.5 weeks of service
-A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,775) upon completion of service
-Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service
-Healthcare benefits and childcare assistance while in service
-Personal and sick leave
-In addition, DC Habitat provides housing benefits

To apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to paulakatrina.drago[at]dchabitat.org. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This position starts in August.

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