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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Volunteer & Engagement
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. Collaborate with NPS staff to secure annual conservation crews staffed by local teens and providing workforce development, and robust “boots on the ground” for larger-scale parks improvements projects Develop and launch a Park Ambassador (docent program) to underserved residents. Grant and Fund Development Grow a constituency for the park, building a cadre of park and community caretakers and advocates to ensure that the park is well-maintained and well-enjoyed. Through partnerships and joint efforts with local leaders with local Advisory Neighborhood Councils, senior centers, residential housing community centers, civic associations, school, church and community groups the VISTA engage in the care of their community and the Gardens.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  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 :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Urban Planning ,  Landscaping/gardening ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Public Speaking ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Volunteer & Engagement

Program Start/End Date
01/19/2021  -   01/18/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Washington/Baltimore  


Accepting Applications
From  07/20/2020  To  12/31/2020 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81627