AmeriCorps

Join the Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps team!

AmeriCorps and Habitat have teamed up locally to provide an opportunity for individuals to help meet the affordable
housing needs of communities and families in Kittitas County.

  • Are passionate about serving the community through direct
  • service.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and
    background.
  • Desire to gain hands-on experience in the affordable housing
    and nonprofit sector.
  • Have experience working on a team.
  • Possess stellar interpersonal communication skills.
  • Are motivated and committed to serve full time and in-person.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent
resident at least 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.

  • Serve, learn, lead and explore in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
  • Gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization
    and hands-on experience in leadership and community
    development.
  • Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while
    creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families.
  • Living allowance of $17,600 for approximately 10 ½ months of
    service.
  • Housing stipend paid directly to your landlord — up to $750 per
    month
  • Segal Education Award of $6,895, upon successful
    completion of service.
  • Forbearance for most federally-guaranteed student loans.
  • Health care benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance
    Plan.
  • Personal and medical leave — approximately 10 days total.
  • Child care benefits, if you qualify.

Job description

Construction Crew Leader – New Construction

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 new construction projects. With the assistance of the AmeriCorps members serving in this role, we anticipate them serving on one build site aimed at completing 12 homes in the next 24 months, with an estimated total of 36 individuals served. We also anticipate at least one community event to occur, which will encourage community members to get involved as volunteers on our worksites or to apply to be homebuyer families. The member will serve as a representative of the organization and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner throughout the community. We view the construction crew leaders as integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods throughout our service area.

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.
  • 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 safety trainings with our construction staff.
  • Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and homebuyer families working on site.
  • Greet, welcome, and sign in volunteers on site upon their arrival.
  • 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).
  • Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and homebuyer families.
  • 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.
  • Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
  • Flexibility in transitioning between worksites including new construction and repairs as needed.
  • On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc. to increase awareness of the need for affordable housing and represent Habitat for Humanity in the community.
  • 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 how to become a volunteer and/or homebuyer family.

AmeriCorps members may not perform prohibited activities as outlined in 45 CFR §2520.65 nor may they supplement, duplicate, or displace staff members in place at the host site.

Member development

Minimum expectations are outlined in the member development guidance, which will be available during the interview process, with the understanding that further trainings may be required, as determined by the host site, Habitat for Humanity International or our federal funder. AmeriCorps National members’ training may not exceed 20% of their aggregate hours.

Experience, knowledge, and skills

Minimum requirements

  • AmeriCorps members must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.

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

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.