Unique Partnership Launches National Park Service's Community Volunteer Ambassador Program
Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) and Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) are pleased to announce a unique multi-partnership model to facilitate the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program (CVA) for the National Park Service. The CVA program combines the strength of two national leaders in conservation service/learning programming 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. Fifty-three young professionals will serve as CVA members for 50 week terms at NPS sites across the country from Alaska to Florida, starting on February 12th, 2018.
Both Stewards and NYC bring unique strengths and experience operating rigorous individual internship programs. Furthermore, Stewards and NYC is engaging a number of regional conservation and service corps, and other youth-serving organizations throughout the United States in connecting to the National Park Service and CVA’s wherever possible. 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 launch this project with Stewards and Northwest Youth Corps, as well as local Corps and youth serving organizations. “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 regards to volunteer mobilization, and helping to organize community stewardship days. A key effort in achieving success will be to diversify the volunteer pool, engage underserved members of the community, and engage veterans and military families in meaningful volunteer projects”.
Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Recruitment
Community Volunteer Ambassadors are a group of young adults, brought together through a partnership between the National Park Service, Stewards Individual Placement Program, and Northwest Youth Corps 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 2018 CVA cohort is currently in the field. Please check back Fall 2018 if you are interested in applying for next year. Apply here in the future.
For questions about the CVA program, please contact:
Hilary Webster, Program Coordinator