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Virginia Service and Conservation Corps

AmeriCorps logoThe Virginia Service and Conservation Corps (VSCC) is an AmeriCorps program that engages members in meaningful service in Virginia State Parks and provides extensive training and professional development opportunities. Numerous positions that suit prospective members' interests and schedules are available.

VSCC Natural Resource Crews

These crew members help with restoration and disaser relief in state parks.

Crew members work in teams throughout Virginia to improve and create sustainable trails. They help with prescribed burns, control invasive species, monitor and build habitat, and mark park boundaries. Prescribed burn.Members also recruit, place and train new volunteers to work on environmental stewardship projects.

Disaster relief work 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.

Members are based in Leesylvania, Hungry Mother, Douthat, First Landing, Staunton River or Pocahontas State Park. They travel to parks in the region to take on various projects.

The physically demanding work is done outdoors in all weather conditions. Members must serve 900 hours between January and June 2017. A living allowance of $6,265 is divided equally over six months. Upon completion, members get a Segal Education Award of $2,887.

VSCC Veterans Crews

Member using chainsaw.These crews will be based at two parks and will travel to parks in the region to work on projects that focus on improving accessibility. They will review park programming and recreational facilities for accessibility, build waterway access for canoe and kayaking, work on adventure mobility trails and develop more accessible camping. Crews also learn about firefighting in wild areas and help with prescribed burns that improve land and restore habitat.

Sessions will run from November 2016 to August 2017, during which members must serve 1,700 hours. A living allowance of $12,530 is divided equally over the 10 months of service. As full-timers, crew members are eligible for free health care. Upon completion, members get a Segal Education Award of $5,775.

VSCC Interpretive Trail Project

AmeriCorps member.AmeriCorps members will serve as park interpreters at state parks across Virginia from April to August 2017. 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.

Interpreter with child.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 $4,698 living allowance, an educational award of $2,200 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.

Qualifications - Must Be:

  • At least 17 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Willing to work hard and make a difference
  • Able to work long hours outdoors in various weather
  • Able to work independently and in a group
  • A high school graduate, a GED holder or willing to get a GED
  • Veterans Crew members must have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

To apply, contact the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, vspamericorps@dcr.virginia.gov, 804-887-8932.