Lakes Region Conservation Corps

About the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) (AmeriCorps) Program

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps state service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals by providing hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association. Conservation Corps members are a driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. LRCT is one of several Host Sites for the LRCC program. 

LRCT’s AmeriCorps members serve as Conservation Land Stewards. Our members spend most of their time out on our properties and maintain our trails, remove terrestrial invasive species, lead volunteer workdays, assist and lead guided hikes and paddles, and help with various other stewardship and outreach related projects. 

Position Description

LRCT is currently recruiting three members to serve as Conservation Land Stewards for the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) – AmeriCorps 2023 Program running from May 17th through October 20th.

Conservation Land Stewards will gain hands-on conservation work experience and certifications in various areas to ensure they can independently approach various environmental conservation tasks. Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm for conservation work, dedication to the mission of the LRCC program, enjoy hard work, and aren’t afraid to get dirty. 

Projects as a Conservation Land Steward:

  • Maintain LRCT’s 95+ miles of trails
  • Remove terrestrial invasive plants on conservation lands
  • Monitor LRCT preserves and conservation easements
  • Assist with guided hikes and paddles and other in-person/virtual education and outreach events
  • Work on special property management projects such as updating property boundary markings and signage, conducting property research and record updating projects, and access improvement projects (repair/ building of kiosks and footbridges)
  • Organize and conduct volunteer workdays
  • Property host at LRCT’s premier hiking properties

Member Benefits:

  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
  • NH Commercial Boating License
  • US Forest Service Axe Training
  • Living Stipend of $540.53 (before taxes) distributed biweekly
  • Group housing at the Mead Base Conservation Center located in the northern part of the Lakes Region and at the foot of the White Mountains
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $3,247.50 (before taxes) upon successful completion of a minimum of 900 hours

Minimum qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age by the start date of your program.
  • Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Must be a competent swimmer
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
  • Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
  • Able to work independently and with a group
  • Able to identify plants (not required)
  • Available for the duration of the program (May 17th – October 20th)
  • Must apply online
  • Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum requirements:
    • Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Check
    • Must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service
    • Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US

How To Apply:

Please visit the Lakes Region Conservation Corps website to learn more about the LRCC program and to apply.

Past AmeriCorps Members

Meet LRCT’s past AmeriCorps members and read about their experiences in their Conservation Journals.

LRCC in the Conway Daily Sun

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps participated in the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance by helping out at the North Conway Community Center. Read about it in the Conway Daily Sun!