AmeriCorps Member Positions

AC-and-Employers-for-NSChange communities and lives by becoming a Civic Works AmeriCorps member.

What is an AmeriCorps member?

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members make a commitment to serve Baltimore’s communities for several months to a year. In return, they receive a stipend, training, and an education award that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.

Our AmeriCorps members tutor students, grow food, create community gardens, repair homes, provide energy education, and more. They represent a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

Who is eligible to join AmeriCorps?

In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be:

  • At least 17 years old;
  • A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien; and
  • Able to pass a drug test and sex offender registry check

Open Positions

Habitat for Humanity Construction Apprentice - 675 Hour Term

Estimated Start and End Dates

May 2018 through September 2018

Position Summary:

Construction Apprentices will assist Construction Site Supervisors with the completion of construction tasks to build homes for individuals in need of housing. This includes preparing construction sites for volunteer laborers, assisting with material and tool acquisition, learning to use power tools, learning to complete tasks such as demolition, framing, painting, cabinet and trim installation, flooring installation, and landscaping, assisting with maintenance of the construction warehouse, tools, materials and construction vehicles.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. This position is with our partner organization, Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Act as part of a team to complete goals and objectives
  • Learn basic construction skills and develop advanced skills through onsite training
  • Teach and lead volunteers in the completion of construction tasks on site
  • Perform necessary labor to construct houses (demolition, drywall, painting)
  • Assist with material and tool management on site and in the warehouse
  • Maintain site safety
  • Participate in orientation, training, and meetings

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to commit to the full service term
  • Regular and reliable attendance
  • Ability to serve in team setting
  • Self-motivated and strong desire to serve others
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with diverse populations
  • Willingness to assume a leadership role with volunteers as needed
  • High school diploma/GED or actively working towards obtaining one
  • Members serving this position must have the physical capability to complete average construction tasks (such as demolition, framing, painting), lift 50 lbs, climb ladders, and serve in inclement conditions.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 675 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly stipend of $680 (before taxes) and an educational award of $2,255 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

Send a resume to volunteer@civicworks.com with “Habitat Construction Apprentice” in the subject line.

Community Lot Team Member - 300 Hour and 675 Hour Terms

Estimated Start and End Dates

May or June 2018 through August, 2018 (300 Hour Term)

May 2018 through September 2018 (675 Hour Term)

Position Summary:

Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will engage and serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces that meet the need expressed by the community. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.

The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transform vacant Baltimore City lots into communal green spaces and public gardens.
  • Learn how to use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
  • Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping.
  • Establish relationships with and serve alongside community members and teammates in conceptualizing, creating, and maintaining green projects.
  • Lead and serve alongside volunteer groups to create and maintain green spaces.
  • Develop individual leadership and growth opportunities throughout service
  • Participate in team development and education opportunities and activities
  • Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine
  • Develop relationships with individual and group planting partners in Baltimore and help them to create partnerships and support systems in their neighborhoods
  • Collaborate with Baltimore Orchard Project Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Commit to serve and complete the entire AmeriCorps service term.
  • A High School Diploma or GED, or in the process of obtaining one.
  • Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups).
  • Ability to pass a drug test and a a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
  • Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.

Desired but not required:

  • A driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
  • Knowledge of basic plant identification.
  • Experience serving in low-income communities and experience in community outreach.
  • Basic computer skills, including sending emails and creating spreadsheets.
  • Relationships with community members and/or organizations.

Terms of Service: 

This position is for a 300 hour (2 months) OR a 675 hour (4 months) AmeriCorps service term, serving 40 hours a week. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award ($1,252.91 for a 300 hour term, $2,255.24 for 675 hour term) upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  1. First, send a cover letter and resume, OR a completed application, to hkuttner@civicworks.com with “CLT Member Position” in the subject line. Paper applications can be sent to Harry Kuttner, Community Lot Team, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.
  2. Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team,” Complete and submit an application to the listing as well.

Little Gunpowder Farm Assistant Farmer - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Dates:  

April-September

Position Summary:

The Assistant Farmer will serve with the Farm Manager on all projects related to field and greenhouse production to raise vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.  Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

 Little Gunpowder Farm serves residents of the Baltimore area by providing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price, while prioritizing environmental stewardship of the land. Little Gunpowder Farm fulfills Civic Works’ mission for community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programming.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the harvesting and washing of produce;
  • Field preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, cultivation, pest management, and all other tasks related to growing vegetables
  • Assisting and/or managing farmer’s market stands
  • Delivering produce to food hub and other markets
  • Helping maintain farm equipment and irrigation system
  • Daily chicken care.

Desired Skills and Education

  • A candidate with at least one year organic vegetable production experience is desired.
  • Assistant Farmers must be able and willing to learn and carry out daily on-farm activities in order to grow food for the outlets stated above.
  • Member must be able to lift and carry crates of produce repeatedly, as well as set up and manage farmer’s market stands.
  • Candidate must be able to serve outside performing manual labor under varying weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Valid drivers license required, as Assistant Farmer will need to drive farm truck.
  • Computer proficiency, marketing experience, customer service skills, familiarity with caring for chickens are also a plus.

Terms of Service: 

Position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps term of service. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and an education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

E-mail resume and letter of interest to Christy Ottinger at cottinger@civicworks.com.

Some programs have additional requirements and restrictions.

Prohibited Activities*

As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:

  • Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
  • Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
  • Abortion referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
  • Benefit a Business: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in service that benefits a for-profit business, a partisan political organization, or a labor union.

In addition, Civic Works AmeriCorps members may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours.

  • Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project.  They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
  • Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fund raising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns

The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf

 

Corpsmember Application

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov
For more information about AmeriCorps in Maryland, visit www.gosv.maryland.gov

Civic Works welcomes all corpsmember applicants and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Civic Works complies with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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