Thursday, November 12, 2015

Summer Job with Appalachia Service Project

Summer Job Opportunity for Students

The job runs from May 23, 2016 to August 6th, 2016. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through 

Each staff member will be placed on a team with 3 other young adults and they will live and work in a rural community in Central Appalachia. We serve a 5 state region - West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Our goal is to make families' homes warmer, safer, and drier. The staff manages the selection of homes (through applications we gather throughout the year), chooses the construction projects, and are then in charge of managing the volunteers that come in to do the work. Our staff do not participate in the construction work, but rather manage each site, purchase and distribute all materials, and oversee quality control. We do major repair projects from foundations to roofs, and everything in between. We hire students of all majors regardless of construction experience, and we provide an intense training on construction management (as well as all other aspects of the job) during the first 2 weeks of employment.

In addition to construction management, the job consists of volunteer management. One of our goals at ASP is to inspire our high school and adult volunteers to lives of service, so students who are motivated by serving others are great candidates. The maintenance and day-to-day running of the center also falls on the staff. It's a very demanding schedule, but our staffers always find it to be exciting and worthwhile.

The job pays $4,000 to new staff, paid bi-weekly. We also provide food, housing, and a vehicle for work. The application process consists of submitting a resume and two references, an online interview with Zoom (similar to Skype), and then an in-person, group workshop where we observe applicants for their skills in teamwork, initiative, problem solving, etc.