AmeriCorps Volunteer Project

AmeriCorps photo 1AmeriCorps members will serve as park interpreters at state parks across Virginia from April to September in 2014. 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.

Americorps photo 2.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 $3,850 living allowance, an educational award of $2,114 and professional development in the natural resource protection and public service. The living allowance is paid semi-monthly April through September and is not based on specific hours worked during any period.

Americorps photo 3.Submit your application, then visit the state parks volunteerism site to select and register for the park or parks you wish to serve. Applications are being accepted from Nov. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014. Applicants must be at least 17 years old. Positions are filled first-come, first-served so apply early.

Duties

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 Logo, 20 years.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.

Contact Bobby Wilcox for more information – email: bobby.wilcox@dcr.virginia.gov; phone: 703-232-0667.

 

Virginia Service and Conservation Corps

Clearing debris.Full-time Virginia Service and Conservation Corps (VSCC) members serve as restoration and disaster relief team members in Virginia State Parks. Crew members improve and create trails and restore habitat restoration. Members report to Leesylvania, Hungry Mother or Pocahontas State Park for project assignments in the region. Applications are being taken until Nov. 17 at the My AmeriCorps website.

Positions are open until filled. Health care is provided for full-time members.

Work varies, but projects may include erosion control, invasive species removal, helping with prescribed burns, marking and establishing park boundaries, and establishing vegetation-monitoring plots. Members also educate volunteers, park visitors and the community on invasive species and how they harm our environment. They also explain the importance of conservation practices. Members work to recruit, place and train volunteers who help with trails, improve the park and remove invasive species.

Trail work.When called to help with disaster relief, crew member duties include: project coordination, clearing and removing debris, 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. 19-23 at Twin Lakes State Park.

The work is physically demanding and outdoors in all weather conditions. Members work about 45 hours a week for 40 consecutive weeks with time off between Christmas and New Years. They’re also allowed 60 hours of leave to be taken by Aug. 30, 2015. Living allowance of $12,100 is distributed equally over 10 months of service. The Segal Education Award, which is available upon successful completion of service for full-time members, is $5,645.