Full-time Virginia Service and Conservation Corps (VSCC) members serve as restoration and disaster relief crew members in Virginia State Parks. Crew members improve and create trails and complete habitat restoration projects.
Crew members work in teams throughout Virginia State Parks to improve and create sustainable trails. They also preserve and enhance wildlife habitat through prescribed burns, controlling invasive species, monitoring and building habitat, and marking park boundaries. Members also recruit, place and train new volunteers who help with environmental stewardship projects.
When called to help with disaster relief, crew member duties vary but may include project coordination, clearing and removing debris, distributing water, and helping with search and rescue efforts. Members follow all rules of the park in which they are assigned, maintain a positive attitude and strive to provide quality service to the community.
Mandatory training will be held Nov. 2-5 at Twin Lakes State Park.
The work is physically demanding and outdoors in all weather conditions. Members must serve 1,700 hours between November 2015 and August 2016. A living allowance of $12,530 is distributed equally over 10 months of service, and health care is provided to full-time members. The Segal Education Award, which is available upon successful completion of service for full-time members, is $5,730.
To apply, look at a list of AmeriCorps opportunities then go to the volunteerism site to register and select the park you'd like to serve. Contact the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-625-3984.
AmeriCorps members will serve as park interpreters at state parks across Virginia from April to August. Members will study interpretation techniques, learn about stewardship ethics and help park guests connect to natural and cultural resources. And members will follow AmeriCorps and Virginia State Park rules and regulations.
Members will present information and programs to park guests and liaison with the community. They will communicate with park Friends groups and work with the parks volunteer coordinator to increase volunteerism in the park through improving and creating trails.
They will also reach more citizens with a conservation message and further the mission to conserve Virginia's natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources. Members also will provide recreational and educational opportunities consistent with good stewardship of land, water and facilities, thus conserving them for future generations.
In exchange for a season of committed service – i.e., 675 hours – members will receive a $3,800 living allowance, an educational award of $2,150 and professional development in the natural resource protection and public service. The living allowance is paid semi-monthly April through August and is not based on specific hours worked during any period.
AmeriCorps members will work with chief rangers and interpretive managers to schedule and promote tours and environmental-related programs. Members also will provide tours and programs alone or with another staff member. These include guided hikes and, in certain locations, canoe and kayak tours. As well, AmeriCorps members may help develop tours and programs on their own. They'll also help park guests and give them directions to nearby facilities and attractions.
AmeriCorps members will conduct outreach activities at schools, festivals and special events. They will work with the park's volunteer coordinator to manage the improvement or creation of three trails by volunteers. Members must also maintain a journal of activities, write monthly reports and report hours to the park's volunteer coordinator.
All 2015 session positions are filled. Check back for information on how to apply for the 2016 AmeriCorps Interpretive/Trail Project.
Contact the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism for more information: email@example.com, 804-625-3984.