Last 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.”
Previous CVAs hard at work.
CVA 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, Engagement Coordinator