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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Stewardship
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is national park site featuring historic ponds filled with lotus, water lilies and wild habitat, offering a unique respite in our capital city. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FOKAG) is dedicated to ensuring the Gardens are well-maintained, well-enjoyed, and welcoming for neighbors and visitors. We do this by connecting people to the Gardens through stewardship, public engagement, and educational programs in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS). The neighborhoods surrounding the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens have been systemically harmed and overlooked for decades, leaving residents with few avenues for economic, professional, or personal mobility. Neighbors however have long desired for the Gardens to play a larger role in improving their quality of life. FOKAG and NPS have initiated some critical volunteer and educational programming for the Gardens’ neighbors in recent years. Volunteers have put on waders and cleaned and planted lily and lotus ponds; rebuilt pond dikes and planted banks with native plants; removed thousands of bags of invasive plants and trash; repaired trails and roads; and maintained the park’s garden beds – all while having a good time. We have made some significant inroads and now, together with you, as a Stewards VISTAs, we seek a re-envisioned Gardens where neighbors view the park as part of their community, and are compelled to care for and advocate on its behalf. The Gardens, like all national parks, suffers from a maintenance back-log and requires additional help from volunteers, as well as financial investment to public access and infrastructure. We need you to help strengthen and support the Gardens and surrounding communities by creating rich partnerships that bring volunteer services and resources to the park. This position is ideal for self-starters and fast learners who well in a team environment and on their own.
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Member Duties : As a VISTA, you will work as part of team of Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Garden staff and NPS staff and rangers. Develop, implement, and codify policies and procedures for a growing volunteer cadre Develop a robust calendar of stewardship and interpretive volunteer service opportunities, for ongoing, one-time, or seasonal volunteers Develop corporate volunteer program architecture, identify corporate partner prospects, and create an engagement plan Collaborate with NPS staff to secure annual conservation trail crews staffed by local teens and providing support for larger-scale park improvements projects Assist developing marketing strategies that promote volunteerism particularly with the Gardens’ neighboring communities, Promote volunteer opportunities among a diverse audience of affinity groups, neighborhood groups and associations, schools and more. Identify and pursue sustaining sources of grant funding and corporate sponsorship for these areas of work
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Uniforms provided and required ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Landscaping/gardening ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Urban Planning ,  Environment ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Business/Entrepreneur . 
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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Stewardship

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Washington/Baltimore  


Accepting Applications
From  06/24/2019  To  01/01/2020 

Contact Patricia Silva
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81627