The 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.
These crew members help with restoration and disaster 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. 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.
The physically demanding work is done outdoors in all weather conditions. Members must serve 900 hours between January and July 2017. A living allowance of $7,506 is divided equally over the term of service. Upon completion, members get a Segal Education Award of $2,887.
These crews will be based at two parks, Pocahontas and Hungry Mother, and will travel to parks in the region to work on special projects. They'll build yurts, create accessible trails and facilities, and remove invasive species. Crews also will 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. Housing is provided. Frequent overnight travel is required. Mandatory training will take place Nov. 1-4 at Twin Lakes State Park.
The application deadline for the 2016-2017 session is Sept. 16. To serve on a veterans crew, applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserves, and have an honorable discharge.
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.
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 $4,000 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.
For details, contact the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, email@example.com, 804-887-8932.