Website pvhabitat Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

Building homes, hope and community

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership in Franklin and Hampshire Counties.  Habitat is a housing ministry dedicated to strengthening communities by empowering low-income families to change their lives and the lives of future generations through homeownership opportunities. This is accomplished by working in partnership with diverse people, from all walks of life, to build simple, decent, affordable housing.  Our local Habitat tries to incorporate many sustainable practices into our construction process and builds all new homes to ENERGY STAR standards.  

PVHH is also working on an initiative called “Big Enough: Pioneering the Small Home Revolution in Western Mass” where we are working on addressing barriers to small simple housing solutions.  We are building several pilot homes that will integrate innovation strategies such as, small footprint homes, lower sales price, innovative financing, zero net energy potential homes, alternative land ownership, small lot zoning, and modular construction. 

The Green Building Intern for Spring 2020 would be assisting PVHH in building organizational capacity by providing support to our volunteer build team leaders and staff.  The intern would be tasked in three main areas:

Participatory Learning – Act as a mentor to other volunteers and assist in the successful implementation of our construction projects through on site work and office work.
Research & Administration – The intern will work some shifts in the office assisting staff with research and administrative tasks. This helps give a broader view of the diverse work required to run a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Inventory – The intern will visit all job sites and storage trailers to update our inventory lists and organize as needed.
Additional tasks depending on intern skills and project needs you may also work on:

Event planning – We are organizing a small home forum in  March and the intern may assist staff and volunteers on executing a successful event that engages a broad network in the small homes movement.
Document Construction Process – Through photographs, video, writing and other techniques document the techniques being used at our build site with an emphasis on green building techniques. Assist the build team in maintaining a list of all plan changes and incorporating sustainable practices.  The goal of this documentation is both short and long term – to assist the volunteers sharing information from one week to the next and to assist the planning of future projects.  Take notes at build team meetings as requested.
Volunteer & Family Education – Create educational materials for new volunteers and partner families to get up to speed quickly on the build tasks at hand. Multi-media educational materials encouraged.  This may involve curating links to additional online educational materials, creating on site signage about green building details, etc.

Interest in green building and energy efficient homes, experience or class work within this area preferred
Excellent writing skills – able to convey complex technical information in a simple accessible manner
High proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel – able to use styles and indexes in Word, able to sort and use formulas in Excel
Able to effectively communicate with, listen to and learn from others
Able to work with individuals of different ages, backgrounds and life experiences
A car to be able to access job sites and meet with volunteers at locations other than the office
Graphic design or website editing skills are useful for providing project support
Photography and Video skills desirable – able to photograph or video construction, then edit into usable documents or short videos
Position Details

This position is for 10 to 20 hours per week for up to 12 consecutive weeks between January 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020 (not to exceed 240 hours total for the internship).  Schedule will include weekend and weekday work.  Pay is $15/hour for this temporary, at-will position and there are no benefits other than unpaid sick leave.  Approval by the MassCEC internship program is required.

To apply you must do two things:

Apply to the MassCEC internship program and get listed in their database:
Send a resume and cover letter to expressing your interest in our particular internship
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status in its programs or activities.


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