State parks seeking AmeriCorps applicants

Volunteers are needed across Virginia to spend the summer serving in state parks — connecting park guests to valuable natural resources and leading trail improvement projects. The Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps Volunteer Project is providing 25 opportunities for part-time members to serve between April and September.

AmeriCorps members plan, develop and lead interpretive programs and assist park staff in coordinating service projects in Virginia State Parks. Members serve 675 hours and receive a bi-monthly living allowance. After successfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award of $2,114, which can be used for education expenses.

Volunteers selected as AmeriCorps members receive in-depth training on various subjects including trail improvement, interpretive programming, customer service, volunteer management and watercraft skills.

“I have grown both personally and professionally,” said AmeriCorps member Nicholai Craig, who served at First Landing State Park last summer. “My public speaking skills have immensely improved and so has my ability to interact with the public and people in general. I’ve also learned how to create and maintain a positive public image for the park and myself.”

Applications are now being accepted and positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, 36 members served in 26 state parks. From 2011 to 2013, 91 AmeriCorps members successfully completed service in Virginia State Parks.

More information and the required application can be found at virginiastateparks.gov.

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