Americorps Construction Crew Leader

Serve, learn, lead and explore in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts! Our AmeriCorps members play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating new tools and systems to build capacity. Our members are the ambassadors of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, interacting with over 1,000 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders. During a year of service with our local Habitat, AmeriCorps members gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, public speaking and community development. In your off hours, hike the wilderness, swim in local lakes and enjoy a thriving Northampton music scene. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in Western Massachusetts.

Start dates in December or January for the 11 month service term.

Learn more and apply now!


Green Building Internship Spring 2018

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership in Franklin and Hampshire Counties.  Habitat is a housing ministry dedicated to strengthening communities by empowering low-income families to change their lives and the lives of future generations through homeownership opportunities. This is accomplished by working in partnership with diverse people, from all walks of life, to build simple, decent, affordable housing.

Habitat is working on an energy efficient duplex in Amherst in 2018 and a zero net energy possible single family in Greenfield. Our local Habitat tries to incorporate many sustainable practices into our construction process and builds all new homes to ENERGY STAR standards.  

PVHH is also working on planning for a new initiative called “Big Enough: Pioneering the Small Home Revolution in Western Mass” where we are working on addressing barriers to small simple housing solutions.

The Green Building Intern for Spring 2018 would be assisting PVHH in building organizational capacity by providing support to our volunteer build team leaders.  The intern would be tasked in three main areas:

  • Participatory Learning – Act as a mentor to other volunteers and assist in the successful implementation of our construction projects through on site work and office work.
  • Inventory – The intern will visit all job sites and storage trailers to update our inventory lists as needed.
  • Research & Administration – The intern will work some shifts in the office assisting staff with research and administrative tasks. This helps give a broader view of the diverse work required to run a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Additional tasks depending on intern skills and project needs you would also work on:

  • Cost Estimating and Research – We are exploring the financial, regulatory, construction and social/cultural aspects of building smaller homes in Hampshire and Franklin County.  Assist with the smaller home project by doing cost-estimating, comparisons, and research.  
  • Document Construction Process – Through photographs, video, writing and other techniques document the techniques being used at our build site with an emphasis on green building techniques. Assist the build team in maintaining a list of all plan changes and incorporating sustainable practices.  The goal of this documentation is both short and long term – to assist the volunteers sharing information from one week to the next and to assist the planning of future projects.  Take notes at build team meetings as requested.
  • Volunteer & Family Education – Create educational materials for new volunteers and partner families to get up to speed quickly on the build tasks at hand. Multi-media educational materials encouraged.  This may involve curating links to additional online educational materials, creating on site signage about green building details, etc.

Qualifications

  • Interest in green building and energy efficient homes, experience or class work within this area preferred
  • Excellent writing skills – able to convey complex technical information in a simple accessible manner
  • Photography and Video skills desirable – able to photograph or video construction, then edit into usable documents or short videos
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel Skills – able to use styles and indexes in Word, able to sort and use formulas in Excel
  • Able to effectively communicate with, listen to and learn from others
  • Able to work with individuals of different ages, backgrounds and life experiences
  • A car to be able to access job sites and meet with volunteers at locations other than the office

Position Details

This position is for 15 to 20 hours per week between January 1, 2018 and May 15, 2018 (not to exceed 250 hours total for the internship).  Schedule will include weekend and weekday work.  Pay is $15/hour for this temporary, part-time, at-will position.  Approval by the MassCEC internship program is required.

To apply you must do two things:

  1. Apply to the MassCEC internship program and get listed in their database: http://www.masscec.com/programs/massachusetts-clean-energy-internship-program
  2. Send a resume and cover letter to info@pvhabitat.org expressing your interest in our particular internship

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status in its programs or activities.


Mission Continues Fellowship

We are looking for a post 9/11 Veteran in the Mission Continues Fellowship program to be a 20 hour per week volunteer Construction Crew Leader.  This volunteer opportunity includes a cost of living stipend from the non-profit the Mission Continues of $983 to $1,026 per month (varies by your zip code).  Learn more about program requirements and apply to the program at https://www.missioncontinues.org/fellowships/  and then send a resume and cover letter to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.


Pioneer Valley Habitat is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sex, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

We require criminal background checks on all selected candidates for employment. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter — And of course, we always need volunteers!  Check out our Volunteers Needed page for more information.