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Posted: 01/05/2017

SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps Program DCR - Wompatuck

This position is part of the SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps program and partners with state, federal and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Corps members serve on a day to day basis with the partner host site and then get together with the larger Corps regularly for trainings, service projects, and regional events. The host site for this position is the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR is responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of public lands, forests, beaches, campgrounds, scenic vistas, historic properties, and heritage sites in hundreds of communities across Massachusetts. DCR manages more than 450,000 acres of parkland through the state. The agencies mission is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

Historic Preservation and Environmental Education Corps Member
Internship Opportunity
Hingham, MA
$200/wk + $5,815 Ed. Award
Open Until

The internship will focus on enhancing the visitor experience in DCR parks by improving services, programming and the maintenance and preservation of our historic properties and landscapes. The candidate will be a member of DCR Preservation & Stewardship Crew and will be immersed in various parks, learning in a hands on way about park operations, programming, preservation and stewardship. Crew will be based out of Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA. Work will include working alongside park staff to operate parks, maintain facilities and foster a better understanding of local history. The major focus of the internship will be learning practical historic preservation skills and then applying these skills to historic buildings in the DCR inventory in need of maintenance. A sampling of practical experiences that crew members can expect throughout this internship will include: designing and delivering public recreational and interpretive programs, complete 4-6 small preservation/rehabilitation projects on DCR buildings, complete 1-2 larger scale Historic Building preservation projects on DCR buildings. This will be an intensive internship where crew members can expect to be immersed in all aspects of park management and gain hard skills in historic preservation and facility maintenance.


Training Opportunities

Wilderness First Aid certification

CPR certification

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Diversity and Inclusion

Risk Management

Sexual Harrassment

SCA and AmeriCorps History.

DCR will provide 

National Interpretive Association Training

DCR Seasonal Staff Training Overview

Understanding Hazards in the Workplace and Safety Data Sheets

Customer Service Training

Hazard Tree Identification

Erosion Control Methods to Preserve Landscapes

Invasive Species Management for Historic and Recreational Properties

Climate Change Impacts on Parks/Buildings

Carpentry Tool Use & Safety

Anatomy of a Building

Principles of Historic Preservation

Deconstruction & Demolition

Basic Masonry Techniques & Stone Wall Repair



1.      Attend and participate in all trainings

2.      Engaging volunteers in service activities

3.      Take on role of Crew Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with park managers, handling the logistics of a project, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork

4.      Be an active and participatory team player

5.      Be an active and participatory member of the SCA MA Forest and Parks AmeriCorps Community

6.      Comply with all SCA, DCR, and AmeriCorps policies and refrain from any prohibited activities


Members will receive a weekly stipend of $200.00

Upon completion of service, members will receive an education award of up to $5,815

Room and Board will be provided

Transportation to and from service activities will be provided

Health Insurance is provided to members



Corps members serve approximately 45 hours a week for a period of 10 months.  Members must achieve a minimum of 1700 hours of service within that 10-month period (roughly 42 weeks of service). Service hours are typically performed Monday through Friday; however, some weekend service will be necessary.  The general schedule each day is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Previous experience in working in a public park setting, natural resource fieldwork, or leading volunteer groups is helpful. Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Working within a team setting for a common goal is critical as well as being able to work independently. Experience operating power and hand tools such as hammers, saws, picks, cordless drill, brush cutters, weed whackers required. Applicant must have a positive attitude and a desire to enhance the natural, recreation and cultural assets within the DCR.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
One years work in the field of environmental science, natural or recreation resource management or related field, and ability to perform physical work outdoors in semi-remote locations in varying weather conditions independently and as part of a group. Interest in recreation resource management, historic preservation, and public access issues; mus

How to apply
To apply you must submit an application via the SCA website. Follow the link below. For questions or more information please contact Nancy Perales.
Nancy Perales
Phone: 4133396631
Fax: 4133396631
204 Union st.
Hingham, MA 02043

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