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Year Long National Park Service Internship with Housing Provided: Timucuan Historic and Ecological Preserve

Location: Jacksonville, FL Program Details: Stewards Individual Placements provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. The Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Program combines the strength of a national leader in conservation service with the National Park Service to train a diverse group of emerging leaders to assist park units in building lasting connections to local communities. Community Volunteer Ambassadors (CVAs) support Volunteer-in-Parks programs at National Park Service sites nationwide. This ranges from National Park, National Monuments, National Battlefields, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas, and more. The Community Volunteer Ambassador Program was developed to support NPS sites in connecting with their local communities through service and to provide young adults with a professional development opportunity within the National Park Service. CVAs provide capacity for NPS sites to establish community partnerships, develop new volunteer opportunities, and build volunteer program resources. Site Information Timucuan Preserve protects one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. The park interprets 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. Staff works closely with partners and local organizations to provide regular volunteer opportunities including trail maintenance, shoreline cleanups, post-storms cleanups, building interpretive displays, assisting with larger-scale maintenance projects, providing pop-up interpretive programming, and staffing community outreach and park living history events. Position Summary Here at Timucuan Preserve, the selected CVA will focus on multiple short and long-term duties including revamping the parkwide volunteer program; developing interdisciplinary volunteer project opportunities; planning, developing, and supervising specific long-term project workgroup teams, and helping to organize and coordinate various living history event volunteer opportunities. They will also concentrate on strengthening existing and developing new military family connections and will work closely with the park Community Engagement Specialist to determine most effective ways to continue to strengthen and increase those connections. Position Responsibilities: The CVA position duties will include the following: • Coordinate with Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Mayport Naval Base and Kings Bay Submarine Base, local schools and civic organizations to encourage volunteerism, partner with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs, and provide educational programming to military families. They will also support MWR community orientation efforts by staffing booths representing the park at base events. • One main focus project will be working with park staff and partners to coordinate and conduct at least National Park Foundation-granted Jr. Ranger Angler Family Events providing ethical angling education through Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission-approved multi-stationed fishing clinics which provide basic information on fish anatomy; safe ethical catch & release practices; line knot tying; and casting before providing additional hands-on training by the waterside. Updated 10/1/2022 • The CVA will work closely with park staff and partners including Timucuan Parks Foundation to coordinate and conduct a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups during service day events such as National Public Lands Day, National Trails Day, Martin L. King Jr. Day of Service, and others. They will also recruit volunteers to assist with trail maintenance, shoreline cleanups, post-storms cleanups, building interpretive displays, assisting with larger-scale maintenance projects, providing pop up interpretive programming, and staffing community outreach and park living history events • Work will include developing and strengthening partnerships with local schools and universities, public institutions, local civic associations, churches, environmental protection organizations, City Council, NE FL Regional Council CVA Minimum Requirements: • Positive and Personable • Outgoing • Professional in manner and job performance • Dedicated to job, agency, and mission • Reliable with responsibilities and adhering to deadlines • Creative in problem solving • Participate in the CVA National Early Service Training in early April 2023 • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident • Be 18-30 years old at time of service (veterans up to 35 years old) • High School Diploma/GED • Pass fingerprint-based FBI, state criminal, and a national sex offender checks. • Be able to provide proof of a driver’s license and complete a MVR check - Must be over 21 years old or have had license for at least 3 years to be insured in this position Preferred Qualifications • Has professional-level public speaking and content presentation skills • Works well with diverse audience and age groups • Team Player • Works well independently • Well-developed leadership skills Benefits: • CVA will receive a weekly stipend of $500 (additional $65/week, if housing is not provided) • Limited health care/childcare benefits • The position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award $6,495.00 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of the program • Professional development funds • Networking opportunities within the National Park Service and partnering organizations • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority • Week-long in-person training at NPS site with travel/meal expenses covered. Additional Information • A significant amount of the position's duty-related work can/will be conducted virtually including research, making contacts, project development and coordination. • Time and initiative will also be devoted by the supervisor to identifying, reviewing and trying to find