Title: Volunteer and Youth Program Intern

Location: Shenandoah National Park, Luray VA

Dates of Service: May 13th, 2024 – November 8th, 2024 (26 week term)

Pay: $720/week ($600/stipend + $120/housing allowance) + health, vision and dental benefits

Status: This is a full-time, temporary AmeriCorps National Service position.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Position Summary:

The Volunteer and Youth Program Assistant will be a vital member of a team engaging young people as current and future stewards of Shenandoah National Park. Working closely with the Program Manager, the Assistant will support these efforts by coordinating and leading volunteer conservation projects, facilitating visits from youth service and education groups, serving during special events, and providing administrative assistance. The Assistant will work closely with the Shenandoah Youth Corps, an 8-week crew of 16-18 year olds, as they work on conservation projects and learn about opportunities in conservation. The Assistant will collaborate frequently with National Park Service trails, facilities, interpretation, education, and natural resources teams to identify and coordinate projects. The Assistant will lead both youth and adults in service projects in the field. They will also assist with coordinating volunteers and youth during special events. Throughout their work, the Intern will maintain records in accordance with National Park Service volunteer program policy.

In addition to ample training on the National Park Service volunteer program and their role, the Assistant will be exposed to many different National Park Service positions. They will have opportunities for cross training in trail maintenance, visitor outreach, and natural resource management. The Intern will be also able to engage with Leave No Trace trainings, Search and Rescue training, and pursue learning opportunities with provided professional development funds. After successfully completing the term, the Intern will be eligible for the Public Land Corps hiring authority.

Tagged as: Conservation


To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 30, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Preferred Skills:

Experience developing and delivering training to work crews and coaching individuals to successful skill demonstration

Experience and interest in working with youth in the outdoors

The ability to carry out assigned work with minimal supervision

Ability to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.

Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.

Application Instructions

In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position. Applications are only accepted through our website, www.appalachiancc.org/individualplacements. Applications will be accepted through March 31st.