New Hampshire Corps

New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program:
Celebrating 20 years of Service

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The mission of the New Hampshire Corps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire while building the members’ leadership and technical skills in the conservation field. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, SCA NH Corps members perform direct hands-on service while developing their ethic of service and citizenship. These highly motivated 18-to-25-year-olds enhance and protect natural areas through environmental education programs, interpretive ranger programs, and conservation projects across the state.

The New Hampshire Corps welcomes 25-30 members to Bear Brook State Park each January, who serve in one of three corps positions: Environmental Educator/Conservation Field Crew, Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger, and Manchester CLC Leader. After a month of orientation and training, corps members start working in local schools providing environmental education and service learning programming. In late April, corps members transition from education season into conservation season, where members begin conservation and interpretive work throughout New Hampshire. NH Corps members also provide year-long opportunities for high school students through the SCA Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) program, serving as leaders for high school crews by planning and implementing community service projects throughout the Manchester and surrounding communities.

Members of the New Hampshire Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Education and service learning training
  • Work skills training, including rigging or chainsaw training
  • Teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution skills training
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Certified Interpreter Guide training (for Interpretive Ranger members)

Corps members serve over 1,000 students in the surrounding communities as Environmental Educators in the Manchester and Allenstown schools. As part of the Conservation Field Crew, corps members partner with state and national parks, local conservation commissions, and state-wide nonprofits to provide conservation service throughout New Hampshire, from the great north woods to the White Mountains and the seacoast. Corps members serving as Interpretive Rangers connect with nearly 20,000 visitors in state parks while living and working within the parks. Manchester CLC Leaders lead nearly 50 high school students from diverse backgrounds, including immigrant and refugee youth, in conservation and community service projects throughout the school year and summer months.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Environmental Educator/Conservation Field Crew: High school diploma orGED; 18-25 years of age; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.
  • Environmental Educator/Interpretive Ranger: 21-25 years of age; personal vehicle; college degree or significant progress towards degree in Education, Interpretation, or science-related field; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.
  • Manchester CLC Leader: 21-25 years of age; driver’s license; college degree or significant progress towards degree in Education, Outdoor Leadership, or an environmental field; experience and training in youth leadership programs; desire to work with youth and work outdoors.

All corps members live in rustic cabins at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH. While sharing in the unique experiences of community living, corps members dedicate 10 months of their lives to serve in partnership with AmeriCorps. Corps members receive a living allowance and health insurance while they serve.


Related Posts & Program Information

Even though Bear Brook State Park is still covered with many feet of snow, spring is on its way! And with the change in seasons comes springtime celebrations such as Earth Day. The SCA NH Corps has partnered with the NH Audubon Society for the past few years to hold an interactive Earth Day event. This year’s event, planned for Saturday. April 11, has been under works since January.

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On Saturday February 14th, a whopping nineteen members of the SCA New Hampshire Corps traveled to Prescott Farm in order help with their 5th Annual Winter Festival. When the event began we were split up into multiple stations to make sure they all ran smoothly. Some of us were in charge of the extremely popular sledding hill, while some of us were manning the s’mores station and crafts tables, where face painting and snowman luminaries were all the rage.

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It’s been a crash course in winter survival for this year’s NH Corps members, many of whom had never seen a New England Winter before arriving to Bear Brook State Park. This winter’s been one of the snowiest on record. Just over two months ago Van Fudge, a current NH Corps member, was living on the other side of the country in Corvalis, Oregon. Before moving to Bear Brook, Van had never been east of Texas.

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The Student Conservation Association’s Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps program is sponsoring an all-day Take Back The Park! event at Livingston Park on Hooksett Rd in Manchester, NH on Sunday, May 18th. The event includes volunteer opportunities for the public as well as family-friendly outdoor activities.
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This past Saturday (March 22nd), a teaching team from Bear Brook, the Ecomaniacs, ventured into Manchester to volunteer at the Villa Crest Nursing Home. We helped residents play some riveting games of Bingo and afterward helped set up the dining hall for the dinner rush. We met Harry Truman (who turned out to be Don) and Ted, who had his Braille Bingo board memorized to the O.

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The SCA New Hampshire Corps has enriched parks and communities across the state since 1994 – Please give today to sustain New Hampshire state parks and the SCA New Hampshire Corps…for another 20 years and beyond!


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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.