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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Petroglyph National Monument


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Program Details: 

Stewards Individual Placements provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. The Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Program combines the strength of a national leader in conservation service with the National Park Service to train a diverse group of emerging leaders to assist park units in building lasting connections to local communities. 

Community Volunteer Ambassadors (CVAs) support Volunteer-in-Parks programs at National Park Service sites nationwide. This ranges from National Park, National Monuments, National Battlefields, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas, and more. The Community Volunteer Ambassador Program was developed to support NPS sites in connecting with their local communities through service and to provide young adults with a professional development opportunity within the National Park Service. CVAs provide capacity for NPS sites to establish community partnerships, develop new volunteer opportunities, and build volunteer program resources.   


Site Information 

Petroglyph protects over 20,000 petroglyphs located along a 17-mile volcanic escarpment on the western edge of Albuquerque. Our current volunteer program consists of 43 individuals from the local community who serve as volunteers for Visitor Services, Trail Patrols, and trail clean-ups. 


Position Summary 

The CVA will establish new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with residents and underrepresented diverse groups from our 16 neighboring communities and in the greater Albuquerque area. This will be accomplished by offering to speak at neighborhood meetings, attending their community events, offering ranger-guided hikes, leading service initiatives, and presenting specialized formal interpretive and educational programs specific to their needs for using this urban national park site. 


Position Responsibilities:  

CVA's responsibilities include: 

  • Work with youth and young adult programs, such as Girl Scouts of New Mexico, to foster educational opportunities and community service initiatives for youths from diverse backgrounds.  
  • Communicate with volunteers, community members, and other staff via four issues of a Quarterly Neighborhood Newsletter which includes important resource protection, safety information, regulations, volunteer recognition, park updates, and more.  
  • Meet with organized groups such as the City of Albuquerque Clean Cities group to develop meaningful and engaging volunteer activities/projects. 


CVA Minimum Requirements: 

  • Strong social skills, be outgoing and friendly 
  • Strong communication skills in order to speak to large audiences of diverse individuals.  
  • Good time management and promptness is also required as the candidate will be attending time scheduled events, either in-person or virtually. 
  • Participate in the CVA National Early Service Training in early April 2023 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident  
  • Be 18-30 years old at time of service (veterans up to 35 years old) 
  • High School Diploma/GED 
  • Be able to provide proof of a driver’s license and complete a MVR check 
  • Must be over 21 years old or have had license for at least 3 years to be insured in this position.  
  • Pass fingerprint-based FBI, state criminal, and a national sex offender checks.   
  • Have reliable form of transportation. 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Local applicant with established housing as Petroglyph does not have park housing. 
  • Strong public speaking verbal and written communication skills are a must in order to speak to large audiences of diverse individuals. 
  • Prior experience in speaking to the general public to demonstrate a level of comfort and confidence in this role. 
  • Graphic design software skill to continue the creation of quarterly Neighborhood Newsletter and draft flyers for community events. 



  • CVA will receive a weekly stipend of $500 (additional $65/week, if housing is not provided) 
  • Limited health care/childcare benefits 
  • The position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award $6,495.00 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of the program 
  • Professional development funds  
  • Networking opportunities within the National Park Service and partnering organizations 
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority 
  • Week-long in-person training at NPS site with travel/meal expenses covered. 


Additional Information 

Petroglyph is an urban national park located on the western edge of Albuquerque, the highest populated city in the state of New Mexico. Many community events that we are invited to attend take place on weekends and/or evenings, when driving a car is mandatory.  

The CVA may be requested to partner with other local government agencies during an event at their location/site. Petroglyph does not have park housing or a campground so the applicant must have existing housing or make their own arrangements for housing. 


How to Apply 

Please visit Community Volunteer Ambassador ( to review “Member Positions” by region and find instructions on how to apply.  


The CVA position will start on Monday, February 6th, 2023, and run for 50 weeks until Friday, January 19th 2024. Applicants will need to apply here: Application form requires a resume, cover letter, professional references. 


Please ensure your cover letter addresses how your experience aligns with the CVA program, your experience working with diverse populations, and position details for this park/position. You may submit one application for multiple positions by selecting all sites you are interested in. 


Applications Deadline 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. First review will occur in early November. Final deadline is Friday, December 9th. 


For Application Questions: 

Please contact Geoff Elliot, Program Director at 


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. 

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