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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks




Category

Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Three Rivers, California

Tracking Code

3694-984

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

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 

Huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees exemplify the diversity of landscapes, life and beauty found within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Volunteers play a major role in the stewardship of the parks and both individual and group volunteers are active throughout the year with spring and summer being the busiest times for volunteer programs. 

 

Position Summary 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are looking for a motivated individual to serve as a Community Volunteer Ambassador. This position will work closely with the parks' volunteer and education programs and with other park staff to provide meaningful volunteer experiences that engage volunteers and youth in environmental stewardship. 

 

Position Responsibilities:  

  • Develop and maintain relationships with individual and group volunteers 
  • Plan and implement group volunteer projects in the parks 
  • Plan and lead volunteer events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and National Public Lands Day 
  • Support the River Rover and Trail Trekker volunteer programs in the parks, including scheduling, supervision, and reporting 
  • Support the administrative functions of the parks’ volunteer program, including tracking metrics and preparing reports 
  • Conduct outreach to local communities to encourage volunteerism in the parks 
  • Respond to inquiries about volunteer opportunities and communicate with partners  
  • Work collaboratively with other park staff to coordinate and plan volunteer activities. 
  • Work with youth, active military/veterans' and other community groups to strengthen partnerships and engage volunteers in public lands stewardship. 
  • Collaborate with the parks' Education program to engage youth in public lands stewardship 

 

CVA Minimum Requirements: 

Successful candidates will: 

  • Have a strong work ethic 
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Be outgoing, friendly, and able to work with diverse populations 
  • Be detail oriented and able to manage multiple ongoing projects 
  • Be flexible as conditions can change rapidly due to weather and other factors  
  • 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.   
  • 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 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Have experience or interest in public speaking and outreach 
  • Be an excellent communicator (both oral and written) 
  • Be committed to connecting diverse populations to public lands stewardship 
  • Spanish language skills and experience working with volunteers are both assets for the position 
  • Local candidates encouraged to apply 

 

Benefits: 

  • 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 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks receive significant visitation (~1.7 million annually) and administratively are among the most complex units of the National Park Service. These parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (97% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states.  

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn about and experience many different facets of public lands management and will likely work in all areas of the parks and with staff from a variety of disciplines. Because of its remote location, a personal vehicle is strongly recommended. Housing provided will be a single room in shared housing within one mile from duty station.  During summer season, applicant will likely work on weekends. 

 

How to Apply 

Please visit Community Volunteer Ambassador (cvainternships.org) 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: https://form.jotform.com/StewardsIPP/cva-member-application. 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 gelliot@conservationlegacy.org 

 

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 Three Rivers, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.



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