AmeriCorps members will serve as park interpreters at state parks across Virginia from April to September in 2013. 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.
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.
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, 2012, through April 30, 2013. Applicants must be at least 17 years old.
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 recruit and place two new volunteers for the park. Members must also maintain a journal of activities and report hours to the park's volunteer coordinator.
Contact Bobby Wilcox for more information – email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 703-232-0667.