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Yes Internship- Southeast Conservation Corps


Individual Placement/Internships

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Title:   YES Internship (Youth Empowerment Stewards)

Start date: November 1st or Open Until Filled

End date (12 weeks after the start date)

Stipend: $580 per week

Location and Status: This is a full-time, seasonal 450-hour AC National Service Position. There is currently 1 position available with Southeast Conservation Corps. Placement locally within Chattanooga, TN office or remote options available


Position Summary

This is a great opportunity to learn more about a career in youth development, resource management, and land stewardship!  At Conservation Legacy, we recognize the health of our planet and our people depend on varied voices, ideas, and experiences working together to solve the complex problems we face. This intern will be assigned to a position with Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) to advance accessibility and inclusion for individuals with disabilities, including existing SECC programs designed for Deaf and hard of hearing (H/H) individuals.


Program Description

This intern position is a seasonal 12-week internship supported through Southeast Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy. The internship is available to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18-26 years of age and Veterans up to age 35. Individuals with experience with the Deaf and/or hard of hearing community are encouraged to apply.


YES Internship Overview

The important and invaluable role of the intern is to assist in the preparation of seasonal programming at SECC that engages Deaf and H/H youth and young adults. Projects will vary between recruitment for ASLi crew members, growing partnerships that support ASLi crew members, preparing and presenting materials that increase partner and staff education on Deaf culture and working with Deaf crews, public speaking, and general administrative support of Deaf and hearing programs at SECC.


Specific areas of responsibility for this intern include:

  • Research barriers to entry for people with disabilities experience when seeking employment and internships in outdoor spaces
  • Provide tools and assist in the development of training resources for SECC staff and program partners.
  • Make recommendations to SECC and partners to address barriers and resource needs.
  • Review the components of inclusion programming and staffing compliance, cultural sensitivity, accommodations, and communication training and strategies.
  • Support outreach plans to recruit future ASLi interns and crew members.






  • $580/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly   
  • $1,678.57 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 450-hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)  
  • Specific program and employee resource groups to support a workplace culture of belonging including mentor opportunities and affinity spaces.
  • Diversity and inclusion training for all employees.
  • Flexible work arrangements to enable you to meet the requirements of your role in a way that’s right for you
  • Possible student loan forbearance  
  • Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist  
  • Uniform shirt and other necessary safety equipment is provided  
  • On-the-job training  
  • Additional subject-specific trainings may be offered  
  • Depending upon the academic institution and program, this position may fulfill internship requirements  
  • Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths  

*Housing is NOT provided for this position.


General Qualifications:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 24 (exception for veterans up to age 35) 
  • US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status 
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. 
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in a variety of virtual and job site settings
  • Comfortable working in a field and office environment.
  • 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) 
  • Work independently and secure transportation as needed to specific program sites and projects.
  • 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.
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting





Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with accessibility/ disability policy
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced team driven by innovation and entrepreneurial approaches.
  • Strong interest in a future career in natural resources, environmental science, parks and recreation, or conservation.
  • High school diploma or GED


Physical Requirements:

Conservation Legacy is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. Some positions may require periodic overnight travel, non-traditional work hours, the ability to move across varied terrain and use program specific tools and a range of technology on an infrequent or frequent basis. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Ability to safely drive an organizational vehicle may also be required for some positions.


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.


To Apply: Send Cover letter and resume to Brenna Kelly at  Subject line in this email must include “Applicant”. In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

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