The Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Individual Placement is based at Colonial National Historical Park (Colonial NHP) in Jamestown, Virginia. The National Park Service staff at Colonial NHP and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail are responsible for the protection of Werowocomoco in Gloucester VA. National Park Service staff in consultation with seven tribal partners is gathering information about Werowocomoco, understanding it as a Native place, and preparing Werowocomoco to open to the public.
Continuing in 2021, the National Park Service will host two people in this Individual Placement program that will introduce participants to major aspects of national park operations. Individual Placements will train with staff from four divisions at Colonial NHP — Interpretation & Education, Law Enforcement, Facility Management, and Resource Management — and then work with staff to apply new skills at and for Werowocomoco as circumstances allow. Examples of training and projects may include: developing educational programs such as a Junior Ranger activity book and curricula, surveying and estimating the deer population at Werowocomoco, inventorying native and invasive plant species, assisting with archeological monitoring, observing patrols of Werowocomoco by law enforcement rangers, caring for the grounds and buildings at Werowocomoco. This is a representative list and will vary depending on the needs of the property at the time. The long-term goal is for the participants to develop career paths leading to opportunities at Werowocomoco. The position provides the Individual Placement with noncompetitive hiring authority under the Public Lands Corps Act. This hiring authority lasts for two years and makes the Individual Placement eligible for certain job positions within the NPS.
$515/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
675 hour AmeriCorps Segal Education Award ($2,321.00) upon successful completion of service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment andcan be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)
Eligibility for the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion – noncompetitive hiring status for two years
Possible student loan forbearance
Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
Uniform shirts and other necessary safety equipment is provided
Depending upon the academic institution and program, this position may fulfill academic internship requirements
Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to resource management career paths
Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status
Have a high school diploma or GED
Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check
Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of
Preference will be given to qualified Native American candidates
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must c
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region by working with a variety of land management agencies such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Our programs focus on 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, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.