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Mount Rainier National Park - Volunteer Program Assistant Internship

 Northwest Youth Corps
Mount Rainier National Park
Longmire and Paradise
Position Title: Volunteer Program Assistant Individual Placement
Position Summary:
Mount Rainier National Park is recruiting a 20-week individual placement beginning May 8, 2023 to help manage a vibrant and diverse volunteer program that works with almost 2,000 people every year on projects ranging from meadow patrol and citizen science to trail maintenance and revegetation. The member will divide their time between correspondence, scheduling, and administration, and coordinating one of the park’s major volunteer programs two days a week. They will receive training in volunteer program management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
30%: Maintain volunteer program records, including Volunteer Agreements, the Volunteer Database, records of hours, and volunteer applications; and serve as a primary point of contact for volunteers scheduling days of service with the Meadow Rover program and reservations in the volunteer program's Stewardship Campground.
20%: Assist the full-time Volunteer Program Manager and seasonal Volunteer-in-Parks Assistant in the day-to-day operation of the volunteer program. Correspond with potential volunteers and volunteer groups and work with park supervisors to match them up with potential volunteer projects; maintain and distribute supplies, such as volunteer uniforms; visit volunteer groups in the field to welcome them and document their work with photographs and videos; and post about ongoing volunteer activities on social media.
50%: Serve as the backup coordinator of the Meadow Rover volunteer program at Paradise on the primary Meadow Rover Coordinator's days off, two or three days a week. Check volunteers into service at the beginning of their day, assign them a radio, fill them in on current events, monitor their progress by radio throughout the day, and check them out of service at the end of the day. Assist with training throughout the season.
The member will receive training in volunteer program management, both in general and specifically as it applies to Mount Rainier its activities. The member will also participate in resource-oriented sections of seasonal interpretive training.
Required Qualifications:
·        Ability to work in an office setting doing computer-based tasks two or three full days a week.
·        A positive attitude and ability to work with people of many different backgrounds.
·        Ability to quickly learn a complex program and assist its implementation, with supervision.
·        Problem-solving skills.
·        Reliability and attention to detail.
·        Good written and verbal communication skills.
·        Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to provide leadership to volunteers.
·        Willingness to submit to a government background check.
·        Current driver’s license and clean driving record.
Desired Qualifications:
·        Experience and skill with Microsoft software including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Teams.
·        Experience working with volunteers or coordinating activities.
·        Ability to work out of doors in all kinds of weather at an elevation of 5,400 feet. Ability to hike several miles in rough terrain.
Duty Location:
Duties are divided between offices at Longmire and Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. The Paradise location may also include frequent work in the field on local trails.
Terms of Employment:
One AmeriCorps member will complete a 20-week term of service (length dependent on commitment of hours), starting approximately May 8 through September 23. These dates may be shifted up to two weeks later to accommodate student schedules. The member must complete a minimum of 675 service hours by the end of their term to receive an AmeriCorps award. The member will receive a 30-minute lunch each day and this lunch break does not count towards AmeriCorps member service hours. Training will not exceed 20% of total member service hours.

Program Benefits:
$12,000 stipend ($600/week living allowance dispersed on a monthly basis) and a $2,474.27 education award upon completion of 675 hours of service.
The living allowance and education award are taxable. Members are responsible for providing their own food. Service eligibility is contingent upon the results of a criminal and driving background check.
Additional Information
If you have questions about the position, please reach Northwest Youth Corps Internship Program Coordinator Kate Sanders at or Mount Rainier National Park Volunteer Program Manager Kevin Bacher at

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references and completely fill out the application form found at  

The member will not engage in any prohibited activities as stated in the Member Service Agreement.