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Stewards VISTA: Volunteer Coordinator-First State National Historical Park

at Conservation Legacy in New Castle, Delaware, United States

Job Description

About Stewards:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

For more information regarding Stewards, please visit our website. (https://stewardslegacy.org/)

This position is a 365 day (1 year) public service term lasting from July 15, 2024 – July 14, 2025.

Living Allowance: $62.69/day ($22,881.85/year)

About the Site and Position:

First State National Historical Park recently opened a new Welcome Center in Historic New Castle, Delaware and is the process of creating a Trail Management Plan for the park’s most northern unit, the Brandywine Valley. This marks a very exciting time to get involved with the park as you will be able to help a newer National Park transition into a more mature and established park. The VISTA Steward will be involved with helping the park create a YCC program to begin to implement part of the Trail Management Plan throughout the next year. In addition, they will be able to assist with evaluating the park’s new Welcome Center, implementing a Junior Ranger program, expanding the park’s community outreach, and expanding the park’s volunteer program to a park wide initiative. The VISTA will be supervised by the park’s Visitor Service’s Division Lead and will have shadow opportunities with other divisions in the park, including with the Park Superintendent. During the duration of the position, the VISTA Steward will be able to participate in professional development opportunities such as trainings and job shadowing. The VISTA Steward will also be exposed to active projects happening in the park such as the African American Addendum to the Historic Resource Study, the Archeological Overview Assessment, and the Cultural Landscape Inventory. Other trainings and opportunities may be made available throughout the year for the VISTA steward as mutually agreed upon by the steward and their supervisor.

Member Duties:

Throughout this three-year program VISTA Members will:

+ Develop Volunteer Opportunities that teach fundamental skills such as operating equipment, computer software, leadership, etc.

+ Expand the park’s volunteer program across the 6 units

+ Create a foundation for YCC projects at First State

+ Determine what type of activities or topics local youth organizations are interested in learning about or attending

+ Establish service-learning projects

+ Expand the park’s social media presence

+ Participate in large park projects

Service Areas:

+ Community Development

+ Economic Development

+ Community Outreach

Program Benefits:

+ Segal Education Award ($7,395) OR Cash Stipend (~$1,800) upon successful completion of service

+ Living Allowance ($62.69/day, disbursed every 2 weeks)

+ Relocation Allowance

+ Regular Training and Professional Development Opportunities (free and virtual)

+ Employee Wellness Program (access to a licensed, professional counselor and 24/7 in-moment support)

+ Childcare*

+ Healthcare*

+ Non-Competitive Eligibility upon successful completion of the term*

+ Networking and Mentorship

+ Access to a nationwide cohort of like-minded peers.

APPLY HERE: My AmeriCorps – Home Page (https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=122849)

*For more information regarding the Segal Education Award, check out this link (https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award) as well as alternative uses for the award here (https://conservationlegacy.org/alt-ed-award) .

*For more information regarding the AmeriCorps VISTA Childcare benefit, please visit https://americorpschildcare.com/.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.

*For details about Non-Competitive Eligibility, please visit https://my.americorps.gov/trust/help/member\portal/non\competitive\eligibility\overview.htm

For more information, please contact Addie Gilkerson (she/her) at agilkerson@conservationlegacy.org

Stewards Individual Placements does not and will not discriminate based on 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. If you need assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application, interviewing, and/or onboarding process, please send your request to the hiring manager in your preferred method of communication.

Required Skills

(Recommended) Skills:

+ Youth Development

+ Computers/Technology

+ Leadership

+ Writing/Editing

+ Communications

+ Teamwork

+ Public Speaking

+ Recruitment

Required Experience

Some college required.

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Job Posting: JC260503314

Posted On: May 30, 2024

Updated On: Jun 17, 2024

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