Lakes Region Conservation Corps

Conservation Land Stewards

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is currently recruiting four members to serve as Conservation Land Stewards for the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) – AmeriCorps Program running from May 22nd through October 26th of 2019.  LRCT is one of several partners and Host Sites for the LRCC program through which LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

Conservation Land Stewards will gain hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that they are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field.

Conservation Land Stewards will work on a variety of projects including:

  • Trail maintenance of LRCT’s 95+ miles of trails,
  • Serving as Island Stewards on Lake Winnipesaukee islands,
  • Property hosting at many of LRCT’s premier hiking properties,
  • Removal of terrestrial invasive plants on conservation lands,
  • Assisting with guided excursions and other education and outreach events,
  • Working 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).
  • And organizing and conducting volunteer work days.

In addition to the weekly living stipend, Conservation Land Stewards are provided group housing at the Mead Base Conservation Center in the heart of the Lakes Region near the White Mountains, lakes and rivers that make this region so beautiful and unique.

The trainings, certifications, and experiences that members obtain develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field.

To learn more about this program, or TO APPLY, please visit the Squam Lakes Association website: https://www.squamlakes.org/americorps


 

In May of 2018 LRCT enthusiastically welcomed its first Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) service members. The LRCC program is an AmeriCorps service program that enables conservation professionals to develop critical skills, gain valuable experience, and receive certifications in key areas. The program is designed to ensure that LRCC members become capable of independently handling a variety of important activities and responsibilities in the environmental conservation field.

LRCT’s LRCC service members are engaged in a vigorous five-month program, during which they will maintain miles of trails, work on property management projects such as bridge and kiosk construction, update property boundary markings and signage, monitor conservation easements, remove invasive plants, and assist with property-related research and recordkeeping projects. In addition, they will serve as island and property hosts at LRCT’s conserved lands and lead guided excursions and other educational and outreach activities.

The LRCC program is based at the Squam Lakes Association, with additional host sites at LRCT and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society. Service members receive a living allowance through the national service program and will receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of this service term. LRCT is very grateful for theAmeriCorps service members’ valuable contributions to our work. Check the LRCT website and our next newsletter for updates on their progress and accomplishments.

 


 

Katie Durkin

My name’s Katie and I’m from Lowell, MA and I graduated last May with a BS in Wildlife Multimedia Journalism. I love exploring and being outside in the natural beauty of the world. While I’m enjoying the outdoors, I document what I see through photography and videography, and I update my online blog with all my findings. I am thrilled to be a part of a group that is helping protect what I love.

 

Dan Holbrook

Hello my name is Dan Holbrook and I am originally from Newburyport, MA. I attended Westfield State University for four years and have graduated in 2017 with a degree in Regional Planning and Environmental Science. I am proud to be serving with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust until October! In my spare time, I love to be kayaking, swimming, and hiking. Don’t be shy to say hi if you see me on Ragged Island or at the summit of Mount Roberts!

 

Rachele Mason

I am from Belvidere, NJ and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in May of 2017. I studied Wildlife Conservation and Management at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA. My passions are hiking, drawing, and learning something new every day! I am so excited to be serving with AmeriCorps in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

 

Andrew Moriarty

I am from Southern Maine. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. I love to be outside and out on the water whether it’s fresh or salt. If I’m not out on the trails or the water, you will most likely find me with a book in hand (not one of those E-reader things, call me old fashioned).

 

 

Maria Nappi

I grew up in Freeport, ME, I then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend Westminster College where I graduated with a degree in environmental science in 2018. My passions are telemark skiing, surfing, mountain biking and camping.  I am stoked to explore and improve the trails around this beautiful part of New England.

 

 

 

Tara Wrbelis

I’m a 22 year old recent graduate from Adrian College in Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Science and History. I have a vast love for the outdoors, especially the mountains, and my life goal is to work in Glacier National Park.