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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park


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Potomac, Maryland

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Community Volunteer Ambassador - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park 



Location: Potomac, MD 


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 

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures. 


Our volunteer program is large and very active, with over 150 volunteers, predominantly working in our recreational spaces. Volunteers are meeting the visitors where they are, along the eastern part of the canal, predominantly between Georgetown and Great Falls, MD. 


Position Summary 

The CVA Steward will help the Volunteer Coordinator manage a large and diffuse program with a particular focus on diversifying our recruitment efforts and creating lasting community partnerships. The selectee will gain experience managing one of the most dynamic and complex park volunteer programs in the region, work closely and learn from other park divisions, and gain the skills necessary to work effectively with park partners. 


Position Responsibilities:  

  • Assist with recruitment of new VIPs. 
  • Assist with records management and organization. 
  • Assist with and lead event planning and operations. 
  • Gain a basic, but hands on, understanding of all the volunteer programs we offer, including bike patrol, VC operations, hiking, mule care, and historic boat operations. 


CVA Minimum Requirements: 

  • Organization skills 
  • Good communication 
  • Microsoft office skills 
  • Customer service 
  • Experience with social media 
  • Excels at teamwork and collaboration 
  • 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 an 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 

  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Shows leadership and initiative 
  • Demonstrated community involvement 



  • 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 

  • CVA may have the opportunity to work with large equestrian animals 
  • CVA must have a driver’s license 
  • CVA is expected to work weekends 
  • Shared Park housing is available at CVA’s expense 


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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