AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to meet critical community needs.  Through full-time service opportunities in Bend, Habitat AmeriCorps members can serve in leadership roles on active build sites or in our local Habitat office, assisting families, volunteers and staff.

Since Habitat partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 1994, more than 9,000 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity across the country. They’ve raised tens of millions of dollars, engaged nearly 3.3 million volunteers and built alongside more than 24,000 homeowners, helping to build strength, stability through decent shelter!

Members serve either an 11 or 12 month term of service and in exchange for their service receive a monthly living stipend.  After completing the program members are awarded a $5,920 Education Award that can be used to pay back eligible student loans or help pay for eligible future education.  Bend Area Habitat for Humanity assists members with the housing cost burden and provides opportunities for numerous other means of professional and personal development.

Applications are OPEN for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps term.  During open application periods, ALL application materials should be submitted through the specific position link under the AVAILABLE POSITIONS section, if positions are available.  Candidates will not be considered unless they have applied through that position specific link.

AMERICORPS NATIONAL PROGRAM

This is general program information, please check under the “Available Positions” tab for any available open opportunities.

National members focus on direct service activities.  This means they engage directly with volunteers, partner families and community members.  Examples of AmeriCorps National positions are:

  • Construction Crew Leadership
  • Deconstruction Coordination
  • Family Services Coordination
  • Volunteer Services Coordination

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each AmeriCorps position has specific requirements that are noted in the position descriptions.

Member Benefits
AmeriCorps National members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance – up to $13,732 (this is approximate the amount changes each service year) for a full 46.5 weeks of service
  • Education Award – $5,920 upon successful completion of service (lifetime maximum of 2).  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service and may be transferable to certain family members if the member is at least 55 years old on the first day of service.
  • Student Loan Forbearance:  AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans may be eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.   
  • Health benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick leave
  • Childcare:  AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Terms of Service
Habitat for Humanity International offers a 46.5 week term of service (approximately 11 months). Member must complete a minimum of 1700 hours and serve through the end date on their Member Agreement.  Our program year typically begins at the end of August/early September and ends in late July. Members may serve up to four terms as a National member, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.

AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM

This is general program information, please check under the “Available Positions” tab for any available open opportunities.

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members focus on indirect service activities.  This means they engage indirectly setting up systems, programs and procedures.  Examples of VISTA member positions are:

  • Resource Development
  • Volunteer Development
  • Project Development
  • Family Services Development

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each position has specific requirements noted on the position description.

Member Benefits
VISTA members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance:  the Corporation for National and Community Service determines the living allowance by the county in which the project is based.  The range for the living allowance is $990-$1,720 per month.  Please note, most members fall on the lower side this range.  The higher amount is rare and specific to a few counties nationwide with an extremely high cost of living.
  • Education Award ($5,815) orEnd of Service Stipend ($1,500) upon successful completion of service.  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service. Unfortunately, the Ed Award is not transferable for any reason for VISTA members.
  • Student Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualifiedstudent loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans are eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note, that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.
  • Health Benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick days
  • Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Non-competitive Hiring Status:  When AmeriCorps VISTA members satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member’s service. This means that a federal government hiring official may hire the member without having to compete with the general public provided that the member meets the minimum qualifications for the job.

Terms of Service
VISTAs serving with Habitat for Humanity International complete a one year, full-time term.  Our program year typically begins in August after members attend a Pre-Service Orientation (PSO). Members may serve up to three VISTA terms, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Applications are OPEN for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps term.  Please apply directly through the position specific link for any available position.

Possible Start Dates – August 13 or 14, August 27 or 28, September 4,  or September 17 or 18-  exact start date to be agreed upon between Construction Manager and selected applicant.

Construction Crew Lead -1 position available

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, as well as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.
  • Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
  • 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.
  • Perform administrative duties related to this role specifically including tracking volunteers and volunteer hours

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills

Required:

  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
  • Ability to drive large pick-up trucks (or willingness to learn)

Desired/Helpful:

  • Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential homebuilder
  • Experience with power tools
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel
  • Knowledge of community development practices
  • A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
  • Knowledge of reading blueprints, understanding building codes and safety
  • Ability to complete the reporting and timesheet requirements of the AmeriCorps program in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner

Physical requirements for this position

  • Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer
  • Ability to work in and around attics, crawlspaces, and related spaces that might be difficult to access

APPLICATION PROCESS

AmeriCorps members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Desire to partner with Habitat: a clearly demonstrated interest in the work of Habitat
  • Team-oriented: making the most out of collaboration and creating a positive environment
  • Self-motivated and self-confident: working effectively with little direction
  • Strong work ethic and dependability: setting and achieving goals and consistently following through

To apply for the program please submit application materials through the position specific link(s) located under the “AVAILABLE POSITIONS” section.  Once an applicant has applied through that link, application materials will be reviewed and if a phone interview is desired we will reach out directly to move forward in the interview process.  Candidates not selected for an interview will be notified by HFHI that the affiliate is moving in a different direction for selection.  Only candidates that apply through the position specific link will be considered.

Contact Us

Amber Morey
Finance Manager/AmeriCorps Host Site Manager
(541) 385-5387

 

AmeriCorps serves at Bend Habitat