Mission Continues Fellowship – Construction Crew Leader

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Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is planning to start construction on 3 homes in spring 2017 – the most homes we have built at one time.  The Mission Continues fellow will play a key role as we build our volunteer capacity by contributing to the efficient operation of our building sites by providing continuity between volunteers.  We anticipate the fellow working primarily at our Greenfield, MA site.

Working with volunteers requires special skills and attitudes as well as superior organizational skills.  The successful candidate will feel comfortable interacting with a diverse group of people and be capable and enthusiastic about working with volunteers and future homeowners.  He/She will also excel at creating and managing an efficient operational process so that volunteers have a consistently positive and productive experience when joining a build.  Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with hands on construction tasks such as demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping.
  • Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.
  • Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
  • Collaborate with Build Team Leadership to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).
  • Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings.
  • Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.
  • Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.
  • Set up and cleanup project sites.
  • Maintain site logs for each project completed in order for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.
  • Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.
  • On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.
  • Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the Mission Continues program, our affiliate’s mission, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.

 

Habitat Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet insurance requirements
  • Previous experience as a Habitat construction volunteer or with a residential homebuilder preferred
  • Experience with power tools preferred
  • Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience desirable
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook preferred
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of community development or affordable housing practices preferred
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity
  • Ability to complete the reporting and timesheet requirements in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner
  • A second language is highly desirable
  • Meet requirements for background check and sex offender registry check per Habitat policy

 

Habitat Physical requirements:        

  • Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer

 

Additional requirements apply from the Mission Continues, including:

  • Honorably discharged veterans having served a minimum of 24 months (total) after September 11, 2001, are eligible to apply. Applications with less than 24 months of service will be considered if serious injury and or extenuating circumstances prevented further service. Various characters of discharge will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Veterans applying for fellowship must have completed all military obligation and no longer serving with the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans on terminal leave or part of the IRR/ING may apply.
  • All applicants will be subject to a background check as part of the application process. Individual circumstances will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Host organizations may also require their own background screening as a condition of

More information at https://www.missioncontinues.org/fellowships/

Interested?

You will need to submit an online application to the Mission Continues Fellowship program and then send a resume and cover letter to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity at info@pvhabitat.org .

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.