New Hampshire AmeriCorps Program
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.
- 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.