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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Saguaro National Park


Individual Placement/Internships

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Tucson, Arizona

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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 

Saguaro National Park is a unique place. It is a mostly roadless wilderness that is rich in biological diversity, yet adjacent to a diverse city of nearly one million people.  Our goals include being a good neighbor and inviting everyone to help us protect the resources that local people inherently appreciate and enjoy. The park has a robust volunteer program that includes regular patrol and education volunteers, community scientists, and many others.  Volunteers in natural resources participate science and restoration activities that occur on most Saturdays, including the Saguaro Census and other cactus monitoring programs, bioblitzes, invasive plant pulls, and fence removal projects. 


Position Summary 

In this position the CVA will engage new, under-represented audiences to work with natural resources in the park, building from existing relationships with schools in underserved communities and cultural clubs at local universities. They CVA will work with our staff to help us expand volunteerism to groups that we think would benefit from a partnership with the park. By targeting high schools that feed from middle schools with already established Park hiking clubs, and college groups associated with minority communities, our goal is to provide better opportunities for underserved young people to get more deeply involved with the park and the incredible natural resources of the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island region. 


Position Responsibilities:  

  • Help recruit new, younger volunteers from under-represented high school, college, and community groups we have identified as ideal partners 
  • Develop programs with these groups of 5-6 volunteer days that are well-organized, fun outdoor work projects including native seed collection, invasive species control, and saguaro monitoring  
  • Work alongside seasoned staff and play an integral role in implementing projects 
  • Assist with outreach events in the community 
  • Learn other natural resources skills through working alongside our crew in both the park’s front and back-country areas 



CVA Minimum Requirements: 

  • We are seeking a proven team player who can work with many different types of people 
  • Candidates should also be reliable and motivated to work independently with support from other staff  
  • Because we work on many different projects throughout the seasons, the candidate will be flexible and eager to learn new skills 
  • Applicants must have proven outdoors skills, as the project work is outdoors in a rugged desert environment and requires hiking off-trail in areas that can be rocky, thorny, and hot 
  • 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  
  • Pass fingerprint-based FBI, state criminal, and a national sex offender checks.   


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Natural resource skills and coursework in this field are important, but not required 
  • A strong interest in the natural world and experience outdoors is required 
  • Local candidates from Tucson are preferred, but this is not a requirement 
  • 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 



  • 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 

  • Housing is available in Tucson, but there is no public transportation to the park.   
  • The schedule will be flexible, but includes most Saturdays.  
  • The CVA will be given the opportunity to learn skills in botany, wildlife, ecology, community outreach, and other skills.   
  • We offer specific trainings for all interns in: Resume Writing/Applying for a Federal Job; Taxes and Personal Finances; Operational Leadership; Grant Writing; Wilderness First Aid; and CPR. The CVA will be encouraged to take advantage of other training opportunities (such as GIS) that align with their career goals.  
  • The CVA will be a member of a mostly young, diverse natural resource crew that includes biological technicians, interns, and part-time interns who are students at local universities. 


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. 

This position is located in Tucson, AZ. View the Google Map in full screen.