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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Stanton, North Dakota

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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 

Knife River Indian Villages NHS preserves three historic villages sites where Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.  

Knife River Indian Villages NHS has volunteers round helping with special events, education programs, school groups and answering questions at the front desk. Volunteers assist with our gardening program with planting, maintaining, and harvesting the traditional crops grown in our educational garden. 


Position Summary 

The CVA at KNRI will focus on supporting developing interpretation programming on local history, building partnerships with tribal nations, and recruiting volunteers to support NPS efforts. This will involve: 

  • Creating interpretation programs that will educate the public on historic horticulture. 
  • Assisting on planting a traditional garden that they can do interpretation programs on the different planting methods. 
  • Building a partnership with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation on seed sharing and create community gardens on the Fort Berthold Reservation.  
  • Researching historical cultivation practices and the park can use that information for future interpretation/education programs at the park.  
  • Creating an education program on Native food sovereignty.  
  • Partnering with the MHA Nation with seed sharing and community gardens that will continue from year to year.  
  • Developing methods for cataloging and long term shortage of a living seed bank.  
  • Recruiting volunteers from the MHA Nation and will continue to volunteer and be involved in any future park projects. 


Position Responsibilities:  

CVA's responsibilities include: 

  • Research, create, and present programs on traditional horticulture practices and food sovereignty. 
  • Assist with planting, maintaining, and harvesting the traditional garden in the park 
  • Create a partnership with the MHA Nation on creating traditional gardens on the reservation. 
  • Create and catalog a seed bank at the park and a sharing project with the MHA Nation 
  • Recruit volunteers from the MHA Nation to volunteer in future projects at the park. 


CVA Minimum Requirements: 

  • Knowledge of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara history and culture  
  • People skills 
  • Friendly 
  • Hard-working 
  • Commutation skills  
  • Outgoing 
  • Enjoys outdoors 
  • 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 

  • Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Tribal Member 
  • Local applicants  
  • Public Speaking  
  • Communication Skills  
  • Experience with Partnerships  
  • Experience with general public and children 



  • 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 

  • Position is remote and requires driver's license and car. Nearest town with stores is 12 miles from the park.  
  • One-bedroom apartments available in town where the park located.  
  • No park housing is available.  
  • Work with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Reservation two hours away from the park. 


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 Stanton, ND. View the Google Map in full screen.