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Stewards VISTA: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


AmeriCorps VISTA

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Washington, District of Columbia

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a national park site featuring historic ponds, offering a unique respite in our capital city. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is dedicated to ensuring the Gardens are well-maintained, well-enjoyed, and welcoming. We do this by connecting people to the Gardens through stewardship, public engagement, and educational programs in cooperation with the National Park Service. The neighborhoods surrounding the KAG have been systemically harmed and overlooked for decades, leaving residents with few avenues for economic, professional, or personal mobility. Neighbors have long desired for the Gardens to play a larger role in improving their quality of life. Increased programming and access would create a respite to escape city and home life, as well as a place for community to gather to learn, work and play. FoKAG and NPS have initiated programming for the Gardens’ neighbors in recent years. We have made some significant inroads and now we seek to improve our communications strategy and build community support for the park. This means sharing our programs and ensuring our programs and communication practices are relevant and accessible. We seek to uplift our neighbor’s voices and stories, listening and learning as we go. This position is ideal for self-starters and fast learners who have a creative mind and work well in a collaborative team environment and on their own. A commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility is required. Also, you should like having a total blast while working in a setting made for Instagram! This will give you the experience and skills needed to jumpstart a career in communications, community engagement, event planning, graphic design, and fundraising.

Member Duties: VISTA will develop and implement a strategic communications calendar targeting hyper-local and regional audiences. VISTA will refine and implement the communications plan. Regularly integrate the stories of community members. Help evaluate communications. Document events. Set up a regular system of reports for communications efforts. VISTA will improve community access, awareness and involvement at the park. Attend community meetings to build relationships, promote program and support engagement. Identify and participate in community events that should have a FoKAG presence. Greet neighbors and visitors at the park and promote programs. Help FoKAG learn from their supporters, park visitors, and the local community through development of regular surveys and outreach. Work with the Supervisor to expand park partnership opportunities. Research and create plans to implement year-round calendar of engagement activities. Prepare and submit grants and support fundraising campaigns.

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage*, Professional Development Funds, Training, Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend. 

Terms: Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours.

Service Areas: Community Outreach, Environment, Neighborhood Revitalization

Required Skills

Computers/Technology, Communications, Community Organization, Writing/Editing, Recruitment, Team Work, Graphic Design.

Required Experience

High School Diploma/GED

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