AMC AmeriCorps Member

AMC AmeriCorps Member

Position Title: AMC AmeriCorps Crew Member
Location: Gorham, New Hampshire or Russell, Massachusetts
Term of Service: May 9 – October 21st (24 weeks)
Stipend Allotment: Approximately $6,000.00 total stipend (paid in bi-weekly increments of $500.00)
AmeriCorps: $3,172.5 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion for qualified individuals

About the Appalachian Mountain Club:
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The AMC is a member of the 21 Century Conservation Corps and is a proud partner of The Corps Network. The Corps Network is the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. The AMC is one of 130 Corps across the country that provides young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve our country through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities.

Position Summary:
Through AMC AmeriCorps, fifteen half-time members (minimum 900 hours) will serve for approximately five and a half months from May through October. Housing and all food will be provided for days-on and days-off at no cost to the member. All tools, safety equipment, transportation, and group camping equipment are also provided. Full gear list will be provided prior to the season, AMC can provided assistance with gear if needed. AMC is hosting two residential AmeriCorps Programs in two different base locations with five AmeriCorps members based at AMC’s Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA, and ten members based at AMC’s Camp Dodge Trails Center in Gorham, NH.

AMC AmeriCorps crews will complete a variety of trail and conservation projects throughout the local area and communities, either in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Projects can range from basic maintenance, to assisting with rock and timber construction projects. Some projects will be based in the backcountry and crews will be camping out for the week. Other project will be more frontcountry and the members will return to their base at the end of each day. Crews will be trained on all necessary technical trail skills as well as leadership development at the beginning of the season and will enhance their skills as the season progresses. Training will not exceed 20% of members total hours.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills directly related to recreational trail management and resource protection while gaining exposure to career opportunities with AMC’s federal, state, non-profit, and private partners.

Schedule:
Crew Members are expected to serve 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately 40 hours per week. Members must camp with their crew, Monday through Friday for the duration of the project season. This schedule may be modified due to weather, logistics, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Complete various conservation projects such as basic trail maintenance, rock work, tread hardening, corridor clearing, trail marking, etc.
• Adhere to safe and proper use of various tools and equipment
• Actively participate in daily safety discussions
• Participate in personal and professional development activities including team building, service learning, and workshops
• Adhere to AMC policies and procedures
• Be prepared each day with uniform, work boots, raingear, water bottles, daypack, lunch and snacks. A full gear list will be provided to members, some gear can ben provided by AMC if needed.
• A ½ hr. lunch is required and does not count toward term hours
• Members must not participate in any prohibited activities as stated in the AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement

Training will include:
• AMC policies and procedures
• Trail maintenance
• Tool Safety and Use
• Advanced Trail Skills (chainsaw, axe, rigging)
• Leadership Development
• Leave No Trace

Qualifications:
• Must be over 18 year old at the start date of the season
• Committed to completing the program in its entirety
• Ability to remain focused, alert, and productive in difficult working conditions and perform physical labor
• Must be dedicated AMC’s mission
• Team oriented, punctual, and dependable with a strong work ethic
• If selected, required to verify identity and United States residency
• Ability and desire to live and work in the backcountry for extended periods of time under varying weather conditions
• Ability to carry heavy loads (50+ lbs.) for long distances over rugged terrain
• Commitment to backcountry stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics

Physical Requirements:
For the safety of other members and staff, applicants must have
• Acceptable eyesight (including clear near and far vision, good depth perception), as well as adequate hearing to perform job function
• Strong communication skills to be clearly understood on the telephone and in public contacts
• Fine and gross motor skills and use of arms, hands, and fingers to perform computer duties and operate tools such as pick mattocks, sledgehammers, rakes, and shovels
Must be able to:
• Hike up to six miles carrying 50 lbs. in a 8-hour day
• Exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects
• Climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and reach frequently or constantly

Environmental Conditions and Physical Surroundings:
• Exposure to variable weather conditions, noise, dust and airborne particles
• Exposure to ticks and poison ivy

Offer is Contingent upon the Following Stipulation:
• Must pass a state and national criminal history check

Benefits
• AMC Membership
• 30% Staff discount on AMC retail products
• 4 Free Nights per year at AMC Huts, Lodges, and other facilities while employed
• Prodeals discounts on equipment and gear
• Opportunity to work outdoors
• Opportunity to gain trail work and conservation experience

Staff will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The AMC will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. AMC is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the organization.

The Appalachian Mountain Club values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are working to create a team that is representative of the student populations that we serve and thus welcome hardworking individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities.

AMC welcomes all candidates to apply and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.