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Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Homeless, Low-income communities, People with Health-based Concerns

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

AmeriCorps Construction Volunteer Facilitator - Summer

Living Allowance: $2,550
Education Award: $1,342 (approx.)
Additional Benefits: In addition to the living allowance and Segal Education Award, members receive a $35/month cell phone allowance, $100 boot and tool allowance, optional health insurance, and may have access to childcare reimbursement. Additionally, members receive extensive training and professional development opportunities.

Start Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 
End Date: Friday, August 28, 2021
Reports to: Construction Site Supervisor, National Service Program Manager
Schedule: Monday-Friday, some Saturdays additional benefits

Position Summary
The Volunteer Facilitator provides direct support to Site Supervisors, volunteers, and homeowners building and repairing Habitat homes. The Construction Volunteer Facilitator will work closely with the Construction Manager in the planning and execution of two home building projects and 8-10 home preservation projects throughout the summer of 2021. In order to successfully complete the AmeriCorps program and receive the education award, members must serve from start date to end date and complete a minimum of 300 service hours.

Essential Responsibilities 

  • Provide support to construction manager on New Build and Home Preservation Projects  
    • Assist with preparing the site daily
    • Review plans with Construction Manager and determine materials and tools needed
  • Facilitate activities with volunteers and help with on-site paperwork
    • Perform various construction tasks as assigned by Construction Manager, while building with volunteers and families 
    • Answer questions related to Habitat for Humanity
    • As needed, lead crews of volunteers and families on the construction site or home preservation project while following all safety protocols
    • Communicate assignments to volunteers and families, answer questions, and provide feedback
    • Teach appropriate use of materials and tools to volunteers and families
  • Attend Affiliate team meetings
  • Participate in AmeriCorps-related activities as assigned
    • Attend orientation at beginning of service
    • Attend AmeriCorps trainings and team meetings o
    • Participate in scheduled affiliate, program and statewide AmeriCorps events
  • Complete administrative responsibilities
    • Check and respond to emails daily
    • Submit expense reports from items purchased with Habitat credit card

Essential Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A U.S. Citizen or U.S. National or a lawful permanent resident
  • High school diploma or GED but Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Not served two terms of service within AmeriCorps already (with some exceptions) 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Successfully pass background, sex offender and FBI fingerprint checks
  • Must submit contact information for one professional reference knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Ability to learn and apply construction terminology, tool and material-usage and general techniques
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to make routine decisions and problem-solve
  • Adaptable & flexible regarding communication & work styles, work assignments & service hours
  • Perform and solve basic math calculations and problems
  • Ability to work independently or in a group
  • Prior volunteer experience preferred essential physical requirements
  • Stand and walk for the majority of a day, usually on uneven surfaces
  • Climb ladders and scaffolding and use stairs and ramps
  • Bend, lift, grasp, reach, push, and pull materials and tools to move them into and out of vehicles
  • Give and receive detailed information through verbal communication
  • Periodically lift and move loads up to 50 pounds
  • Independently operate a motor vehicle
  • Must wear appropriate safety equipment and clothing

Service Environment
The majority of service is performed outside on construction sites, either new-build or building rehabilitation with exposure to dirt, dust, dampness, construction debris, extreme temperatures, warehouse and construction noises and fumes and odors from construction materials. Basic and power construction tools, such as: hammer, wrench, screw drivers, utility knife, tape measure, scissors, drill, reciprocating saw, etc.

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer
The Minnesota Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program will take Affirmative Action to ensure that all employment practices are free of discrimination. Such employment practices include, but are not limited to, the following: recruitment, employment advertising, selection, hiring, upgrading, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, disciplinary action, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training and apprenticeship opportunities. Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with known disabilities for interviews and for service positions. The Minnesota Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program strives to engage men and women from a wide variety of cultures, races, educational backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, ages and abilities.

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Volunteers needed through 4/30/2021

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