Current AmeriCorps Positions

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To apply, email Laine a copy of your cover letter and resume. If you have any questions, please call Laine at 919-724-6101

AmeriCorps National - New Construction  

AmeriCorps members will help Durham Habitat extend its reach into the community and provide an educational and rewarding environment for volunteers and partner families. Durham Habitat will work on small single person homes called "tiny houses," single site infill construction, and larger scale block building. AmeriCorps members are crucial to our success because they have the effect of multiplying our trained work force and cultivating a strong base of skilled and regular volunteers, allowing our staff of Construction Supervisors to oversee more projects reliably and safely. Through this multiplying effect, we will complete the demanding single site in-fill projects while training a volunteer base that will allow us to expand to building 20 homes in 2019. AmeriCorps members are powerful recruiters and trainers of additional Crew Leaders that are key to our affiliates’ ability to increase building capacity and serving more families.

You work:

  • Tuesday – Saturday
  • 7:30 – 4:30
  • Primary responsibilities include
    • Assisting Site Supervisors on the construction of homes including demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry, and landscaping
    • Supervise groups of volunteers on site
    • Teach volunteers about the mission of Habitat for Humanity and about site safety
    • Teach and recruit Crew Leaders to help build on sites
    • Learn about the construction process and how to build a home

AmeriCorps National - Repairs  

Durham Habitat's repairs program is intended to help Durham homeowners with limited income correct substandard housing conditions, which pose an imminent threat to life, safety, or accessibility. The program is not designed to meet emergency needs as it may take up to eight months for scheduling and repairs. The goals of the program are to protect Durham's current affordable housing stock and allow Durham residents to age in place with dignity. This year Durham Habitat will help repair around 80 homes and next year our goal is up to 100 homes!

Our AmeriCorps members have helped us build capacity with the amount of families served. We are able to do more projects with their support in the field. Future AmeriCorps members will allow us to sustain this high level of impact and position us to grow more in coming years. Each member will be paired with a site supervisor, allowing more repair teams to be out in the field, which means more families receiving support in maintaining their home.

Typically home repairs include but are not limited to replacing floors, putting ramps on decks, replacing toilets and sinks and replacing roofs. AmeriCorps members will also work with small groups of volunteers on site. There is much less space when there are families already living in a home and so it can be difficult to fit a large amount of volunteers on a job site. It is very rewarding to work with small groups of volunteers as they serve in our older neighborhoods and meet some of our original residents in Durham.

You work:

  • Monday – Friday
  • 7:30 – 4:30
  • Primary responsibilities include
    • Assist with hands on construction tasks including demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry, and landscaping
    • Help the repairs team repair 75 homes
    • Help to lead volunteers on site
    • Talk with homeowners, learn their stories, and be able to talk about those stories
    • Build awareness of the repairs program at Habitat

AmeriCorps National - Volunteer Services  

The volunteer services coordinator helps recruit, train, schedule, and recognize volunteers while growing the volunteer base and advancing individual and group partnerships. The member assists with volunteer management, including orientation, maintenance of database, volunteer tracking and follow-up opportunities in construction, repairs, family services, special events and other needs that may arise. The member will also focus on growing the online presence and capacity of the affiliate including updating the website, growing the social media presence, and fostering volunteer growth through online channels including but not limited to email, Facebook, and twitter.

The member will also assist in running and increasing the capacity of the youth program for the affiliate. Curriculum and schedule were created during the 2017 – 2018 year. The member will focus on the scheduling of the program on a bi-monthly basis. In addition they will identify other sustainable ways to engage youth (ie. School programs, one time field trips, summer programs). Finally, assist the affiliate to increase the capacity of its college population. The member will develop a profile of the different college experiences that we offer through our affiliate including but not limited to collegiate challenges, campus chapters, university required community service, and week-long team-building experiences.

You work:

  • Tuesday – Saturday
  • 8:30 – 5:00
  • Primary responsibilities include
    • Assist with volunteer management including orientations, maintenance of database, volunteer tracking and follow up for opportunities in construction, office, family services and special events with other needs
    • Grow the online presence and capacity of the affiliate including updating the website, growing the social media presence, and fostering volunteer growth through online channels including email, Facebook, and twitter
    • Help update the affiliate website and identify how best to engage key groups including regular volunteers, crew leaders, and college age populations
    • Increase the capacity of its college population by developing a profile of the different college experiences that we offer through our affiliate including but not limited to collegiate challenges, campus chapters, university required community service, and week-long team-building experiences
    • Assist in running and increasing the capacity of the youth program for the affiliate including scheduling of the program on a bi-weekly basis and identifying other sustainable ways to engage youth

Habitat Success Stories

Anita and her sister thought they were experiencing night sweats but realized that it was raining inside their home. Habitat partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to replace their roof. “I used to go to bed every night and the rain would be all over my face but not anymore. Thank you.”

Anita