Apply to be the CVA LEADER

How to Apply:

The CVA Leader position will start on Monday, January 25th, and run for 52 weeks until Friday, January 21st, 2022. Applicants will need to submit an application here: and attach a detailed resume and cover letter addressed to April Antonellis, Acting Volunteers-in-Parks Program Manager highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed.

Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. The Community Volunteer Ambassador (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. The CVA Leader demonstrates experience and leadership as they provide peer-like support to members at host sites and is an advocate for CVA interests in volunteer program operations. Working closely with NPS staff and partnering organizations, the CVA Leader is assigned project work that assists with the development and implementation of structured programming and training activities related to CVA operations and support of the Volunteers-In-Parks program as a whole. CVA Leader models professionalism and reports directly to the Service-wide Volunteer Program Manager in the NPS Directorate of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers headquartered in Washington, DC.


The Community Volunteer Ambassador program seeks interested applicants who have prior National Service (such as AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Peace Corps) and/or conservation corps or government experience and who have demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old; be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien; and have a valid U.S. driver's license. Prior CVA experience is a plus.

Position Responsibilities will include:
  • Support the Service-wide Volunteers-In-Parks Program Manager in building standard operating procedures (SOP) and training resources;

  • Facilitate, convene, and be a peer resource for CVAs service-wide;

  • Serves as a liaison helping to collect feedback and document trends happening in the field;

  • Manage social media accounts, websites and coordinate with partners on press releases and media outreach;

  • Support communication activities including preparing briefing statements and other presentations and reports;

  • Coordinate agency guidance and resources to national days of service events such as National Volunteer Week, National Trails Day, National Public Lands Day, and MLK Day;

  • Motivate, direct, and connect members to professional development opportunities and support services;

  • Participate in regularly scheduled regional and national meetings/calls; model and represent NPS, VIP, and CVA, as necessary.

  • Assist Conservation Legacy in the development of national trainings and content creation for the Continuum of Learning and CVA competency areas

CVA Leader Minimum Requirements:
  • Relocate to Washington, DC (once safe to do so)

  • Participate in the CVA National Early Service Training in early spring 2021

  • Must be willing to travel

  • Make a full-time, 1-year commitment, with the ability to start in January 2021

  • Serve with diverse groups of people and manage conflicts

  • Enforce NPS policies and regulations

  • Submit proof of a Driver’s License and undergo a Federal Background Check, upon selection

  • US Citizen, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

  • Must possess a valid Social Security Card and Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience serving in the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program

  • Multilingual

  • Experience in an office setting, particularly one in the federal government

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but can be substituted for relevant experience

  • CVA leader will receive a weekly stipend of  $548  

  • Limited health care/childcare benefits,

  • The position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award $6,095.00 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of the program  

  • CVA Leader will be exposed to a variety of NPS staff and operations, and will gain valuable management, leadership, and administrative experience.

  • Funds allocated toward Professional Development opportunities throughout your service

  • Networking opportunities within the National Park Service and partnering organizations

  • Attendance and leadership role at National Early Service Training (location TBD)

For Application Questions:

Please contact Allie Burdick, Stewards Engagement Coordinator at


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.