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Stewards VISTA: Glacier National Park – Blackfeet Community
This VISTA project is designed to help individuals from the Blackfeet Nation attain meaningful employment in Glacier National Park. Glacier Park will collaborate with park employees, community members, Blackfeet Community College Career Center, and Blackfeet Manpower to explore the barriers to employee, develop innovative solutions, develop materials and build relationships to better serve neighboring populations and to build pathways out of poverty. The Blackfeet had an expansive territory of most of Montana, up into Canada, and in 1896, a 20-mile strip of the Blackfeet Nation was “ceded”. This ceded strip became part of Glacier National Park in 1910. Once declared a national park, the government declared that no one would hunt or gather inside any of the national parks. Given this complicated history, the relationship between the park and the tribe has not always been positive. Through a four-year VISTA project focused on community engagement and environmental education, a new term position for cultural interpretation, and a park superintendent committed to a positive tribal relationship, the park has worked to improve its relationship with the Blackfeet and now has many strong partnerships with tribal organizations and members. The VISTA will serve as an employment ambassador for Glacier National Park. They will explore barriers to employment with the park from the perspectives of the employee and the employer, develop innovative solutions to address these barriers such as trainings and workshops, and compile their work into an accessible guide book for future reference. This three year project will address the issue of Glacier National Park not hiring many locals despite the Blackfeet Nations high unemployment rate and the fact that GNP is on ancestral Blackfeet lands.
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Member Duties : VISTA will explore barriers to employment with the Park from the perspective of potential applicants, community stakeholders, and Park supervisors. Innovative solutions to overcome these barriers will be identified and developed. VISTA will develop materials and resources on employment opportunities and other topics related to career ladders. Trainings and workshop will be developed to share these resources and empower local organizations to continue these trainings on their own into the future. Through this work, the VISTA will engage and work alongside partners in the Blackfeet Community to continue to 1) strengthen partnerships between the Blackfeet Community and Glacier National Park, and 2) identify barriers that exist for finding professional development and employment opportunities. VISTA will develop ways to ensure that solutions are sustainable into the future. through resource development, community building, and networking.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Uniforms provided and required ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Tribal ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Environment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Stewards VISTA: Glacier National Park – Blackfeet Community

Program Start/End Date
05/11/2020  -   05/10/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  02/12/2020  To  04/24/2020 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 93678