Summer Construction Liaison (AmeriCorps) - Kent County Habitat

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 5:45pm
Job Location: 
Grand Rapids
Employer Name: 
Kent County Habitat for Humanity
Contact Name: 
Bridget Ferrigan

Applications are currently being accepted for AmeriCorps members to fill a summer Construction Liaison position with Kent County Habitat for Humanity. Please submit an application via the online AmeriCorps Member Application or by sending a cover letter and resume to Bridget Ferrigan, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at


Reports to:                         Construction Manager

Duration:                            17 Weeks

Hours per Week:              Approximately 30 hrs/wk

Travel:                                  Minimum



  1. AmeriCorps Members will receive a total living stipend of $3,258, paid biweekly on the 15th and last of the month throughout the member’s term
  2. AmeriCorps members receive an Educational Award at the end of the term of $1,515.55, which is good for seven years after receipt and can be used for either tuition purposes or to repay eligible federal student loans.
  3. The term of service is July through October 2017.



  • Assist with hands on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new and gut rehab homes, as well as Home Preservation, Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.
  • Assist in managing repair program responsibilities
  •  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.
  • Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with our construction staff.
  • 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 AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and NR programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.



  • AmeriCorps members must be at least 18 years old (17 with parent/guardian permission)
  • Candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Candidates must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Some experience with Construction related activities preferred



  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Ability to drive large pick-up trucks with trailers preferred (or willingness to learn)
  • Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential home construction preferred
  • Experience with power tools preferred
  • Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience desirable