Partner Annual AmeriCorps Requirements

**This information is specific for SCA site partners, supervisors or leaders that plan to host/lead an AmeriCorps member in the coming year.  If you are an SCA member, please return to the previous page and select the intern or corps orientation pages.**

As an AmeriCorps Host Site Partner you are required to complete the items listed below once per year (not once per member). If you are unsure if these have already been completed, contact your Partner Services Coordinator or AmeriCorps@thesca.org.

AmeriCorps Host Site Form - Most people complete this when prompted by an email which contains a link to fill this out online.  But it can also be downloaded here and returned by email (AmeriCorps@thesca.org).  

Other useful information:

AmeriCorps Training Video - We will email you an on-demand orientation video when you have a current position that is AmeriCorps eligible.  However, you can complete this requirement at anytime by watching the Partner Training Video.

Please send an email to AmeriCorps@thesca.org after you have watched this video so we have a record of the date that this was requirement was completed.

Looking for a way to highlight your SCA AmeriCorps member's service to nature at your site? Download and post our  SCA AmeriCorps Member Serves Here sign to show your support! 

 

AMERICORPS EXPECTATIONS FOR HOST SITE PARTNERS

While members are responsible for completing most AmeriCorps requirements, there are a few requirements for partners who participate in the program. Our relationship with AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service is an important aspect of our Conservation Internship and Corps Program design and we appreciate your support in reaching our compliance and evaluation requirements.
As a partner for an SCA AmeriCorps member, please make sure you are willing to:

  • Set up your position’s duties and activities to be AmeriCorps-eligible. As a federal program AmeriCorps has specific requirements and prohibited activities. If you choose to make these expectations a part of your position, your position will be “AmeriCorps-eligible”. If you want more info on what your member has to complete to be enrolled in the AmeriCorps Program, please visit the Enrollment 101 page
  • Complete the SCA AmeriCorps Site Agreement once per year. This agreement outlines the expectations for partners, and can be found at the top of this page. Please complete the form electronically and email it to AmeriCorps@thesca.org before your SCA member begins their position. If you cannot download the form, please email AmeriCorps@thesca.org and we will send it to you directly. 
  • Participate in the SCA AmeriCorps webinar training once per year. SCA will email you a link to this 18-minute on-demand orientation video when you have a current position that is AmeriCorps-eligible. However, you can complete this requirement anytime at this link and please email AmeriCorps@thesca.org when you have done so.
  • Approve your member’s time logs. Members will complete and submit two types of logs, Activity and Output, to record the hours worked and the type and amount of work completed.  You will approve these logs online in your MySCA Partner Portal.
  • Verify that member service hours do not include prohibited activities. Members are not allowed to be involved with AmeriCorps prohibited activities. See below for a complete list. Members may participate in these activities as private citizens on non-SCA/AmeriCorps time and should not identify with the SCA AmeriCorps program.
  • Complete mid-term and end of term evaluations. Mid-term and end-of-term evaluations must be completed for all SCA members and can affect a member’s future eligibility for AmeriCorps positions nationwide.
  • Support members to complete their service commitment and minimum hours. Except in compelling personal circumstances (outlined below), members who leave the program early forfeit their education award. Leaving positions early for paid work is not considered an acceptable reason for a member to leave early. Please encourage members to complete their volunteer service commitment and advise members on what constitutes “compelling personal circumstances.” For a complete timeline of the member exit procedure, visit The AmeriCorps End Of Term Wrap-Up page
  • Support members who desire to attend national service events locally. Periodically throughout the year there may be AmeriCorps-sponsored events in your state or region. Members are encouraged to attend if their schedule allows. These hours can be recorded on their AmeriCorps timesheets under “Training/Education”.

AMERICORPS GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

SCA has an informal and formal grievance procedure for SCA AmeriCorps members and external individuals who bring grievances to the SCA AmeriCorps program.

AMERICORPS PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

SCA is committed to ensuring that all partners and members are knowledgeable of the activities prohibited by AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps prohibited activities include:
Partisan political activities, political advocacy, protests, petitions, strikes, union activity, religious proselytization, for-profit business, abortion services, and general fundraising.

COMPELLING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Compelling Personal Circumstances that allow for a member to receive a pro-rated education award may include:

  • Member has a serious injury or illness that makes completing the term impossible;
  • Serious injury, illness or death of an immediate family member and the member is needed to care for that family member or take over the duties of the family member;
  • Member is drafted by the Armed Services of the United States; or
  • Circumstance that occurs which makes it impossible or very difficult for the member to complete the Term of Service and the Program deems that circumstance to be compelling.
  • Unforeseen termination of the service project by the host site.

Compelling Personal Circumstances DO NOT include:

  • To enroll in school;
  • To obtain employment;    
  • Because of dissatisfaction with the program.

Please contact your Conservation Program Coordinator for questions about the SCA AmeriCorps program: AmeriCorps@thesca.org

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