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Stewards Individual Placement Program

Community Volunteer Ambassadors


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-one 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”. 

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


CVA Sites

Alaska Public Lands Information Center
State: AK 
Member: Sarah Bruce
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
State: TX 
Member: Evadne Romero
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
State: IN 
Member: Mari Patis
PACIFIC WEST REGION Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
State: AZ 
Member: Steven McIntyre
Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area 
State: MN 
Member: Marianne Sciamanda
Joshua Tree National Park
State: CA 
Member: Nathaniel Young
Big Thicket National Preserve
State: TX 
Member: Nathaniel Zantzinger
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
State: MI 
Member: Erik Lopinski
Yosemite National Park
State: CA 
Member:Connor Timpone
Zion National Park
State: UT 
Member: Mackenzie Pavlik
Hot Springs National Park
State: AR
Member: Jennifer Albertson
Lava Beds National Monument
State: CA 
Member: Cody Hammond
Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument
State: CO 
Member: Julie Savage
Keweenaw National Historical Park
State: MI 
Member: Alan McTaggart
Pinnacles National Park
State: CA 
Member: Chris Symons
Grand Canyon National Park
State: AZ 
Member: Rachele Funk
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
State: OH 
Member: Carolyn Straiker
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle
State: WA 
Member: Allison Burdick
Valles Caldera National Preserve
State: NM 
Member: Crystal Woods
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
State: IL 
Member: Jared Kaylor

Central High School National Historic Site
State: AR 
Member: Olivia Pate
Blue Ridge Parkway 
State: VA,NC 
Member: Natalie Lester
Catoctin Mountain Park
State: MD 
Member: Lorne Haines
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
State: NY 
Member: Betsy Isley
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
State: TN,NC 
Member: Logan Boldon
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
States: MD, VA 
Member: Michael Cullen
First State National Historical Park
State: DE 
Member: Anthony Trusso
Stones River National Battlefield
State: TN 
Member: Claire Casey
Rock Creek Park
State: DC 
Member: Katheryn Tyler
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
State: NJ 
Member: Kelsey Sirica
Congaree National Park
State: SC 
Member: Kellie Weidinger
George Washington Memorial Parkway
States: DC, MD, VA 
Member: Justice Bryant
Valley Forge National Historical Park
State: PA 
Member: Lindsey Brendel
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and 
Obed Wild and Scenic River
States: KY,TN  
Member: Joshua Daugherty
President's Park
State: DC 
Member: Natalie Jamison
National Parks of New York Harbor
State: NY 
Member: Michael Persaud
Gulf Islands National Seashore
State: FL 
Member: Dana Mullens
National Mall and Memorial Parks
State: DC 
Member: Jacklyn Meyer
Fort Monroe National Monument
State: VA 
Member: Chris Martin
Vicksburg National Military Park
State: MS 
Member: Rose Rains

Richmond National Battlefield
State: VA 
Member: Claire Murphy

Minute Man National Historical Park
State: MA 
Member: Ryan Ullrich


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.


If you are interested in becoming a CVA, please contact:

Hilary Webster, Program Coordinator at or apply here

For general inquiries about the CVA program, please contact:

Adrian Uzunian, Program Director at