Virginia State Parks accepting applicants for 2016 AmeriCorps volunteers

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Provided by Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

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Volunteers are needed across Virginia to spend the summer serving in state parks by connecting park guests to natural resources and leading trail improvement projects.

The Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps Volunteer Project provides 25 opportunities for part-time AmeriCorps members to serve in state parks between April and August 2016.

AmeriCorps members plan, develop and lead interpretive programs. They also help staff coordinate projects in Virginia State Parks.

Members serve 675 hours and receive a bi-monthly living allowance. After completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive an education award of $2,182, which can be used for education expenses.

Those selected receive in-depth training on various subjects including trail improvement, interpretive programming, customer service, volunteer management and watercraft skills.

Applications are being accepted, and positions will be filled first-come, first-served. More information and the required application can be found at www.americorps.gov.  PWL Program information is also available at www.virginiastateparks.gov.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered through the Corp. for National and Community Service. Each year, AmeriCorps offers adults of all ages and backgrounds more than 75,000 opportunities to meet critical needs in communities across America. Benefits include a modest living allowance and educational assistance at the end of service.

For more information, contact Bobby Wilcox at bobby.wilcox@dcr.virginia.gov or 703-232-0667.

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