Join the SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps – DCR Preservation and Stewardship Program and serve alongside other Corps members to complete projects on the Boston Harbor Islands, Wompatuck State Park, and other historic sites around Massachusetts. Learn or hone your carpentry and preservation skills while completing window restoration (glass cutting/glazing), re-pointing historic masonry, historic building stabilization, and restoring homes and structures! Additionally, each corps member will complete a month long personal internship project following their interests in Environmental Education, Park Operations, Park Communications, or Visitor Outreach.
The host site for this position is the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR is responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of public lands, forests, beaches, campgrounds, scenic vistas, historic properties, and heritage sites in hundreds of communities across Massachusetts. DCR manages more than 450,000 acres of park land through the state. The agencies mission is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.
After 8 weeks of training, DCR Preservation and Stewardship Corps members will complete projects in teams of 2-5 members. The daily commute will be by program vehicle or boat. Camping for 5 days at a time will be required for some project sites.
Wilderness First Aid certification, CPR Certification, Principles of Historic Preservation, Basic Masonry Techniques & Stone Wall Repair, Deconstruction & Demolition, Anatomy of a Building, Carpentry Tool Use & Safety, Invasive Species Management for Historic and Recreational Properties, Erosion Control Methods to Preserve Landscapes, OSHA 10, Lead Paint Renovator, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, National Interpretive Association Training, Climate Change Impacts on Parks/Buildings
- Be an active and participatory corps member – attend all training and service days.
- Take on role of Crew Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with park managers, handling the logistics of a project, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork
- Be an active and participatory member of the SCA MA Forest and Parks AmeriCorps Community
- Comply with all SCA, DCR, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities
- Housing provided
- $200 weekly stipend
- $5,815 Education Award
- *Food is NOT provided