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Stewards Individual Placement Program

Community Volunteer Ambassadors

47814042301_639c0c3cd9_o.jpg#asset:875Last year's (2019) CVA Cohort at National Early Service Training

The National Park Service’s Community Volunteer Ambassador Program celebrates its 5th year!

Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) is excited to enter the third year of a unique partnership model to facilitate the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program (CVA) for the National Park Service. The CVA program combines the strength of a national leader in conservation service with the National Park Service in order to train a diverse group of emerging leaders to assist park units in building lasting connections to local communities. Sixty young professionals will serve as CVA members for 50 week terms at NPS sites across the country from Saipan to Florida, starting on February 10th, 2020. Ambassadors will serve under the guidance and mentorship of the Service’s Interpretation, Education and Volunteers Directorate, but will be directly supervised by a designated NPS site supervisor at the site where they will be stationed.

Lenny Teh, the NPS Service-wide Volunteer Program Manager, is excited to enter the third year of this project with Stewards. “The scope of this program is really significant. Ambassadors will focus on a number of core objectives, including building enduring relationships with local communities, increasing the number of volunteers who serve at the park, helping to improve disaster response processes in regard to volunteer mobilization, and helping to organize community stewardship days. A key effort in achieving success will be to diversify the volunteer pool, engage under-served members of the community, and engage veterans and military families in meaningful volunteer projects.”

Check out what our current members are up to on the CVA Blog as well as on Instagram.

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CVA Sites

Alaska Public Lands Information Center
State: AK
Member: James Fess
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
State: TX
Member: Jeremy Sifuentes
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
State: IN
Member: Mari Patis
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
State: AZ
Member: Victoria Benson
Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area
State: MN
Member: Claire Jaeger Mountain
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
State: WV
Member: Michael Fray
Big Thicket National Preserve
State: TX
Member: Morgan Brandenburg
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
State: IL
Member: Devon Cooperider
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
States: MD, VA
Member: Sherry Guillen
Zion National Park
State: UT
Member: Sofia Nicholson
Hot Springs National Park
State: AR
Member: Malinda Scott
Rock Creek Park
State: DC
Member: Lauren Macklin
Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument
State: CO
Member: Julie Savage
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
State: OH
Member: Danielle Bauer
George Washington Memorial Parkway
States: DC, MD, VA
Member: Amber Simms
Grand Canyon National Park
State: AZ
Member: Rachele Funk

Prince William Forest Park
State: VA
Member: Kaley Kirk
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
State: TX
Member: Tyler Young

Office of Public Health
State: DC
Member: Joshua Hamburg
Glacier National Park
State: MT
Member: Emma Hilliard

Antietam National Battlefield
State: MD
Member: Hannah Stine
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
State: TX
Member: Cheyenne Dolin

Blue Ridge Parkway
State: VA,NC
Member: Ethan Crump
Manzanar National Historic Site
State: CA
Member: Fatima Khan
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
State: NY
Member: Nathaniel Leies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
State: TN,NC
Member: Andrew Mentrup
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
State: NV
Member: Miranda Klimas
Weir Farm National Historic Site
State: CT
Member: Carly Buta
Stones River National Battlefield
State: TN
Member: Rachel Blackburn
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
State: CA
Member: Kendall Eldredge
Valley Forge National Historical Park
State: PA
Member: Amanda Sherry
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park &
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
State: LA
Member: Ahli Chatters
Channel Islands National Park
State: CA
Member: Veronica Uceda

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and
Obed Wild and Scenic River
States: KY,TN
Member: Morgan Geeslin
Cabrillo National Monument
State: CA
Member: Setareh Nouriboshehri
National Parks of New York Harbor
State: NY
Member: Julia Kaback
Gulf Islands National Seashore
State: FL
Member: Dana Shanaghan
American Memorial Park
State: Saipan
Member: Oceana Songsong
Fort Monroe National Monument
State: VA
Member: Dominique Hill
Vicksburg National Military Park
State: MS
Member: Rose Rains
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle
State: WA
Member: Carole Holmson
Richmond National Battlefield
State: VA
Member: Claire Murphy
Big Cypress National Preserve
State: FL
Member: Lauren Boehnke
Mount Rainier National Park
State: WA
Member: Mattie Powell
Minute Man National Historical Park
State: MA
Member: Claire Tensa
Fort Sumter National Monument
State: SC
Member: Alexandra Barbee
Point Reyes National Seashore
State: CA
Member: May Slen
Assateague Island National Seashore
State: MD
Member: Joe Schell

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
State: CA
Member: Leiann De Vera
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
State: PA
Member: Amanda Dahms

Fire Island National Seashore
State: NY
Member: Caitlin Manley
Lowell National Historical Park
State: MA
Member: Olf Mouyaka
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
State: MA
Member: Carter Remy

Tidepool-Education-2.JPG#asset:877CVA Setareh Nouriboshehri during a tidepool education day

Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Recruitment

Community Volunteer Ambassadors are a group of young adults, brought together through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Stewards Individual Placement Program to lend their talents, energy, and enthusiasm to help strengthen the bonds between communities and parks. These service members are recent high school and college graduates, who serve year-long terms in national parks across the country, working to expand service-learning and volunteer efforts and coordinate group service opportunities. Learn More!

The 2020 CVA cohort is currently in the field. Stay tuned for updates!


For general inquiries about the CVA program, or if you are interested in becoming a CVA, please contact:

Allie Burdick, Program Coordinator at