Watershed Conservation Crew- Now Recruiting for summer/fall 2019

The Squam Lakes Association is a non-profit conservation organization that works to conserve the natural beauty, peaceful character, and resources of the Squam watershed. Through conservation, education, and low-impact recreation, the SLA promotes the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the Squam Lakes Region. The Squam Lakes Association is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC), an AmeriCorps state program.  The Squam Lakes Association has six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available for the summer/fall LRCC program. LRCC-SLA members scuba dive to remove aquatic invasive species, act as caretakers of our back-country campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews, run engaging environmental education programs, remove terrestrial invasive species, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and more. LRCC-SLA members receive numerous certifications, including scuba diving certification, weed control diver certification, and wilderness first aid. Housing is provided for LRCC-SLA members on the SLA’s campus. While serving with the SLA, LRCC-SLA members will also spend nights out camping while they act as campsite caretakers at SLA’s low-impact island campsites.

Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members receive the following over the course of the program:

– Scuba diving certification

– Weed control diver certification

– Lake Host training

– NH Safe Boater Certification

– NH Commercial boating license

– Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications

– Housing with kitchen facilities

– Living allowance: $200 weekly, distributed biweekly

– AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)

LRCC-SLA is one option of 6 total host sites for summer/fall LRCC.  To learn more about other opportunities within the LRCC please visit https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.squamlakes.org%2Famericorps&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7Ce9eaf0d3b2a84d4453db08d6a9280a71%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636882386790298402&sdata=0%2Bu3E2I3c6vu0qdElHjR%2FmuSBS3MN0IHIM2gXTmTttM%3D&reserved=0.


– Must be 18 years of age by May 22, 2019

– Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program

– Must be a competent swimmer

– Able to lift 50 pounds

– Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking

– Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day

– Able to work independently and with a group

– Available from May 22, 2019 through October 26, 2019 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)

– Must apply online

– Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum requirements:

        -Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks

        -Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US

        -Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a

         high school diploma or GED during their term of service.*

* Although it is not a requirement, the majority of applicants have or are in pursuit of their bachelors degree.

To apply, please visit our website at https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.squamlakes.org%2Flrcc-application&data=02%7C01%7Ceric.schultz%40uconn.edu%7Ce9eaf0d3b2a84d4453db08d6a9280a71%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636882386790298402&sdata=jsquuNsIEyodNZ6XgiHR%2FZRiAXarmGLLx6J7AvYxHLY%3D&reserved=0 .  Application deadline is 3/31/2019,  however the positions will remain open until filled.  Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and interviews are currently in process.