Community Volunteer Ambassador – Haleakalā National Park
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.
The Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) will support the Volunteers-In-Parks program at Haleakalā National Park, by expanding volunteerism, service-learning, community engagement efforts, and increasing the sustainability of established programs. This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to help strengthen the bonds between communities and parks.
Stretching from sea to summit, Haleakalā National Park offers a vast array of landscapes and ecosystems. From the lush rainforests to the rocky coastline, or the majestic overlooks of a volcanic landscape above the clouds. Haleakalā National Park has two separate districts, the Summit District and the Kīpahulu District. This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. The park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else.
- Assist with expanding Haleakala’s Volunteers-In Parks program by recruiting qualified local volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, and with different levels of experience or training.
- Exercise responsibility for the job safety and health of all employees and/or volunteers, and ensure conformance with park and service-wide safety programs.
- Assist with planning, directing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of community outreach programs that include presentations to the general public, special interest groups, local community groups, and educational groups.
- Coordinate functions that include visitor services, interpretive program management, public relations, and program promotion in the local community for a national park.
- Evaluate community outreach programs and develop proposed changes to accommodate changing visitation trends in a dynamic environment which includes multiple agency coordinated efforts.
- Collaborates with Hawaiian groups and local community organizations to accomplish short-term and long-term goals for successful partnerships and community involvement.
- Prepare formal and informal interpretative programs for the general public and educational institutions, which may include collaborating with other park division employees
- Collaborate with park partners to provide a comprehensive visitor services program to park visitors and neighbors.
- Conduct outreach with visiting public, officials of local communities, and other park personnel and park partners.
- Attend and participate in workshops, meetings, and conferences, as well as organizing and participating in field gathering efforts of the organization.
- Provide planning, leadership, coordination and direction for the park with regards to the management of information and communications, both internally and externally.
CVA Minimum Requirements:
- Good organizational skills and time management practices.
- Ability to communicate with people of all ages and cultures.
- Ability to work well in a team and collaborate with others on projects
- Self-starter and independent.
- Physically capable of being in the outdoors (sun/ heat/ cold), and at higher elevations.
- Must have a reliable vehicle or transportation method.
- 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
- Familiar with Native Hawaiian language, resources, and culture.
- The ability to speak Hawaiian is preferred, but not required.
- Local applicant
- Effective communication skills
- Some experience engaging with the general public.
- A passion for history, specifically Hawai‘i and Haleakalā National Park.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Experience in social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
- Housing is not available.
- Schedule may include some weekends and evenings.
- All areas of Haleakalā National Park are remote, prone to extreme weather conditions, and are accessed via winding, sometimes steep roads.
- Driver's license and a reliable vehicle are required.
- There is no public transportation available either to or in the park.
- Potential opportunity to collaborate with other sites on Hawaiʻi Island.
- 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.
How to Apply
Please visit Community Volunteer Ambassador (cvainternships.org) to review “Member Positions” by region and find instructions on how to apply.
The CVA position will start on Monday, February 6th, 2023, and run for 50 weeks until Friday, January 19th 2024. Applicants will need to apply here: https://form.jotform.com/StewardsIPP/cva-member-application. Application form requires a resume, cover letter, professional references.
Please ensure your cover letter addresses how your experience aligns with the CVA program, your experience working with diverse populations, and position details for this park/position. You may submit one application for multiple positions by selecting all sites you are interested in.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. First review will occur in early November. Final deadline is Friday, December 9th.
For Application Questions:
Please contact Geoff Elliot, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.