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Community Volunteer Ambassador – Colonial National Historic Park

Position 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.
The CVA position at Colonial National Historical Park will be strategic in the program's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and facilitation of stewardship events for volunteers. The CVA will participate in and host a variety of events and expand on our current volunteer program. Additionally, the CVA will be a key player in social media content development, assisting the division in post development and photography which will assist in volunteer recruitment.

The CVA will meet with our current park partners and community networks, develop an understanding of them, and work with their supervisor to develop a plan of ways that we can reach new groups.
Additionally, the CVA will work with their supervisor to develop ideas of new events to participate in or host that can bring in a new, diverse audiences.

Site Description:

Colonial National Historical Park provides visitors to experience America’s beginnings from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781. There are 3 distinct areas of the park; Historic Jamestown which was the first permanent English settlement in North America, Yorktown Battlefield which was the site of the last major battle of the revolutionary war, and the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic roadway connecting both locations.
The volunteer in parks (VIP) program at Colonial National Historical Park is filled with dedicated and passionate individuals who assist in a wide variety of divisions and projects at the park. The VIP program is in a place of transition, as we begin to re-establish volunteerism after the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has 1 permanent staff member, the community engagement and volunteer coordinator.

Position Responsibilities:

•      Strengthen community engagement activities and support the volunteer program by organizing and participating in National Days of Service
•      Assist in community outreach and development of new park partners
•      Schedule and lead volunteer activities
•      Inventory and develop tracking system for volunteer program contents
•      Create volunteer handbook
•      Attend and table at community events such as career fairs and markets
•      Social media content development
•      Input volunteer data into tracking system
•      Other responsibilities as assigned

CVA Minimum Requirements:

·       Participate in the CVA National Early Service Training in fall/winter 2022/2023
·       Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
·       Be 18-30 years old at time of service (veterans up to 35 years old)
·       Bachelor’s degree or currently pursuing a -Bachelors’ degree from a 4-year accredited university
·       Outgoing, friendly and positive personality, adaptable to a professional environment
·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·       Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·       Strong attention to detail, and strong organizational skills with the ability to track several activities at a time
·       Ability to embrace the unexpected
·       Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
·       Ability to work independently, as well as strong team player
·       Ability to follow policies and procedures
·       Desire to learn
·       Transportation- No public transit
·       Housing- No housing available on site
·       Submit proof of a Driver’s License and undergo a Federal Background Check, upon selection
·       US Citizen, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

•      Ability to organize and develop a project plan
•      Experience in public speaking
•      Local applicants
•      Previous customer service experience

Additional Information:

•      Ability to work weekends, possible evenings
•      Requires driver's license; no public transit in the area.
•      No onsite housing.


·       CVA will receive a weekly stipend of $500 (additional $65/week, if housing is not provided)
·       Housing available
·       Limited health care/childcare benefits
·       The position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award $6,345.00 (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

How to Apply

The CVA position will start on Monday, September 12th, 2022, and run for 50 weeks until Friday, August 25th 2023. Applicants will need to apply here: CVA Member Application 2022-2023 (September  Cohort) ( attach a cover.
Please ensure your cover letter addresses the specific requirements and position details for this park.

You may submit one application for multiple positions by selecting all sites and attaching the necessary cover letters.

Applications Deadline

Please submit your application by Friday, July 15th to ensure full consideration.

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.