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Community Ambassador Internship, National Park Service, Jean Lafitte and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Parks

TWO POSITIONS Jean Lafitte's six sites are scattered across south Louisiana.
Each is unique in its focus, and they all reflect a place where traditions can be generations old but the ground under your feet can change with the weather. The park's sites share the story of a place where change is the only constant, from the waterways that shape the land in new patterns every day to the never-ending balancing act between old ways and new ideas.

The CVA will support the Volunteers-In-Parks and Citizen Science programs at Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve by expanding volunteerism, service-learning, and community engagement efforts with a strong emphasis on reaching underserved communities. The position will also work to strengthen community relationships between the park's six sites and their surrounding populations. This complex but rewarding opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to help strengthen the bonds between communities and parks.

  • Enhance the operation of volunteer programs by developing and supporting related projects, activities, and goals 
  • Assist with networking and establishing enduring relationships with local and regional organizations which will serve as ongoing sources for volunteers. 
  • Assist with diversifying volunteers and engage underserved members of the park’s community
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and record keeping of volunteers to increase the quality and capacity of volunteerism opportunities at the park and the overall quality of the park's VIP program.
  • Build lasting relationships with community stakeholders, leaders, and others who have previously been unheard. 

  • Hard worker with a real passion for helping others and engaging people in conservational goals. Outgoing with a strong ability to self-advocate and promote oneself and the organization.
  • Good organizational skills and time management practices. 
  • Ability to communicate with people of all ages and cultures in an open, friendly manner
  • Ability to work with many different types of people and personalities as well as differently abled populations Self-starter and independent.
  • High School diploma or GED required 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident 
  • Be 18-30 years old (35 years old if you are a veteran) 
  • Be willing and able to commit to a year of full-time work 
  • Be willing to occasionally work weekends and odd hours 
  • Submit proof of a Driver’s License and undergo a Federal Background Check, upon selection 

Nice to have:
  • Local applicant with community ties
  • Strong public speaking skills and effective communication skills 
  • Experience engaging with the general public in a front-line role (customer service, etc). Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  •  Experience in social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.