Stay tuned for opportunities in the September 2023 cohort! We are currently collecting information from NPS sites for the next Community Volunteer Ambassador cohort. More than 50 NPS sites will be hosting CVAs from February 2023 through January 2024. Visit CVA Listings & How to Apply | Become a Community Volunteer Ambassador (cvainternships.org) in early October for details on how to apply for the CVA opportunities!
Monique and Michelle tell us about their experiences as CVA's in Florida and Alaska—what their responsibilities were, and where their positions took them.
What is a Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA)?
“Every Community Volunteer Ambassador dedicates a year of service to build enduring relationships between their national parks and local communities. By collaborating with park partners and diverse local voices to support the Volunteers-In-Parks program, these interns create and maintain efforts that are inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all who wish to volunteer. The impact of the Community Volunteer Ambassador program is evident in each park where these interns are serving. I am thankful for and proud to work alongside this new generation of public lands stewards.”
- Thomas R Medema, Acting Associate Director for Interpretation, Education, & Volunteers, National Park Service
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 relationship between parks and local communities. CVA's are typically recent high school and college graduates who serve year-long terms in National Parks across the country. CVA's work to expand volunteer opportunities and connection points for community members. Learn More!
Hiring for the February 2023 Cohort will begin in October! Click the links above to learn more about each park and opportunity.
CVA Setareh Nouriboshehri during a tidepool education day
Previous CVAs hard at work.
For general inquiries about the CVA program, or if you are interested in becoming a CVA, please contact:
Geoff Elliot, Program Director