MEMBER SERVICE APPLICATION
Complete applications or program questions should be sent to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at 314 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield, MA, (413)442-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper copies and electronic copies accepted. Application submission deadline: July 20, 2020. Apply Now!
Help strengthen your community through a term of service with the Central Berkshire Habitat Build & Repair Corps!
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is looking for members ready to commit their time to addressing critical community needs, to build their professional skills, and to be a leader in their neighborhoods.
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 2100 communities across the United States and in 70 countries around the world. Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving and creating a better community for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1992, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has been providing homeownership opportunities for more than 25 years. We serve Central and Southern Berkshire County, MA.
Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
As a Construction Crew Member you will play a vital role in building and repairing homes on a local level. The 10 member AmeriCorps team will learn and perform construction tasks on new and rehab homes; demolition, site prep, framing, roofing, siding, insulation, drywall, flooring, finish carpentry, and landscaping. Members will attend site safety trainings and collaborate with staff to maintain a safe and efficient work environment. Members will lead groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and partner families in construction activities and provide on-site safety orientations. No previous experience in construction required.
- Actively assist staff, volunteers, and homeowners to build, rehabilitate, or repair homes.
- Offer guidance and leadership to volunteers partnering with Habitat on the construction site and community projects.
- Work alongside local homeowners to help make affordable housing a reality.
- Assist with hands-on construction tasks including but not limited to:
- Site prep
- Finish carpentry
- Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines. Attend safety trainings with construction staff.
- Provide on-site orientation and safety training to volunteers and partner families.
- Help with materials management on site and at affiliate storage locations.
- Set up and cleanup project sites.
- Participate in planning, debriefing, and safety meetings as needed.
- On occasion, members may participate in larger community projects such as lot cleanups, community gardens, etc.
- Attend required meetings, trainings and events:
- On site and affiliate orientation
- OSHA 30 safety licensing
- First Aid / CPR
- Lockton Safety courses
- Buildin’ it sessions
- Getting Ahead skill building course
- Financial Tools class
- MLK National Day of Service
- Evaluations with Direct Supervisors and Host Site Manager
- Staff meetings, Construction Committee meetings, and home dedications as appropriate
- Professional Development trainings & host site events as needed
- US Citizen or a permanent resident
- High School or GED education
- 17 years of age or older
- Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity during the program term.
- Program runs August 31, 2020 through July 30, 2021
- Members will serve Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (40 hours per week)
- Weekend and/or evenings may be required for various events or trainings
- Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting.
- Ability to work in a team and collaborate.
- Be able to lift 50 lbs. without strain and be comfortable going up and down extension and step ladders.
- Maintain a service portfolio of completed trainings and certifications.
- Commute to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity’s office located at 314 Columbus Ave. in Pittsfield. Transportation will be provided to jobsites and events.
- Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract.
- A Bi-Weekly stipend (Up to $14,279 for full term)
- $6,195 Education award upon successful program completion (Scholarship can be applied to past loans, future education, professional training certificates).
- Over 125 hours of professional training and networking in the construction and trades field and the non-profit sector.
- Minimum Essential Health Care coverage (individual only)
- Loan and interest accrual deferment for qualifying loans during term of service.
- A nation-wide Alumni network and post service resources.
Term of Service:
- Position Start Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
- Position End Date: Friday, July 30 2021
- Service commitment will be 40 hours per week during the following days/times:
- Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm with some evening and week end hours based on community schedule
- Criminal Background Check: Members are required to complete a federal criminal background check before beginning their term of service. Immediate disqualifications include, being listed on a state sex offender registry, being convicted of a violent crime, being convicted of murder.