Location: Based out of Jamestown, VA (work locations to include Yorktown and Gloucester, VA with some other work-related training opportunities that may require additional local travel)
Estimated Position Dates: May – October 2021 (22 weeks)
Status: This is a full-time, seasonal, 675 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
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.
Werowocomoco is an internationally significant Native place where the leader Wahunsenacawh, also known as Powhatan, lived and received the newly arrived English leaders. Archeology shows that Native people had been coming to Werowocomoco for thousands of years, and that by the year 1200, many homes were placed there along the river bluff. The interior of the site included landscape features that marked it as a place of leadership.
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.
Typically, Individual Placements will primarily report to work at Colonial NHP in Jamestown, VA. Additional work locations include Yorktown and Gloucester, VA and the local vicinity for other work-related training opportunities. Individual Placements will undergo a background check in order to attain the necessary credentials for accessing NPS computers and vehicles.
Due to challenges presented by COVID-19, state and federal restrictions may require occasional remote work or part-time telework. Individual Placements will be asked to be adaptable and to comply with COVID-19 policies and protocols.
- $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
- On-the-job training
- 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 AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
- Experience working with Native American youth and young people or experience working in Native American communities.
- Valid driver’s license.
Preference will be given to qualified Native American candidates
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.
The Ancestral Lands model is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy and the National Park Service.