Strengthen the Bonds between Communities and Parks.
Applications have closed for Winter 2024 Cohort opportunities. Recruitment for the next cohort will begin in May.
The National Park Service celebrates the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program!
Stewards Individual Placements, a program of Conservation Legacy, is excited to support 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. Over 100 young professionals will serve as CVA members for 50-52 week terms at NPS sites across the country from Hawaii to Florida, over the course of the year. 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.
“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