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Youth Empowerment Stewards (YES) - Redwood National Park Accessibility and Outreach Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Crescent City, California

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Stipend: $600/week ($15/hr)

Internship Length: 20 weeks, full time

Number of Positions: 1

Start Date: 6/12/2023

Reports to: Redwood National and State Park


YES (Youth Empowerment Stewards) Program:
Are you passionate about disability rights and accessibility in National Parks and public lands? Do you identify as having a disability yourself?  Work with us and help increase access to the outdoors for everyone. Our health, our planet, and our collective future rely on diversity – in thought, ability, experience, and ideas.  That’s why we need YOU.  Become a Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) intern and help make the outdoors more accessible for all.


Redwood National and State Park YES Accessibility and Outreach Intern:
Stewards Individual Placements (SIP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources.  YES interns focus on barriers to entry for individuals with disabilities in the outdoor workplace.  Stewards, in partnership with Redwood National and State Parks are seeking an intern who will play a critical role in helping Redwood National and State Parks, home of the tallest trees on earth, better serve our local communities by improving accessibility for patrons and staff. 

Redwood National and State Parks’ Interpretation and Education Department is seeking a YES Intern to provide meaningful experiences and connections between park visitors and the resources of Redwood National and State Parks.  The YES intern will focus on outreach to underserved communities; they will connect with new audiences and patrons to gain new perspectives on how to make the park more welcoming and accessible.  The YES intern will also provide data, suggestions, and resources on how to improve the work culture and practices for current and future employees. 

The YES member will play a crucial role in helping Redwood National and State Parks better serve our local communities by accompanying rangers on programs focused on gateway community engagement.  They will also help staff learn crucial communication skills for working with individuals with disabilities.  The YES member will additionally play a large role in creating and editing digital outreach (website, social media, videos, etc.) by helping staff understand best practices to make the products accessible for all. 

Additionally, the YES member will help create a tracking document that identifies barriers to park enjoyment for visitors with disabilities. This will involve visits to multiple sites across the park to evaluate signage, parking lot conditions, and trail descriptions.

The YES member will also potentially join rangers on ranger talks in interacting with public visitors from around the world.  There will also be limited shifts working at the visitor center to get a better understanding of the needs and requests from the visitor perspective.

Finally, the YES member will help make Redwood National and State Parks a better place to work by identifying accessibility barriers within office spaces and housing units, and then provide suggestions for remedies to increase access for current and future employees.


Roles and Duties Include:

  • Assist in outreach efforts with gateway communities (e.g. local schools, hosting field trips for local community groups, etc.).
  • Assist in improving digital outreach programs
  • Increase accessibility on digital platforms
  • Capture images and videos of the park and create social media and website content
  • Co-lead ranger talks at visitor center patios, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, or forests.
  • Working with other rangers at a visitor center desk providing basic park information.
  • Conduct and accessibility audit to identify barriers (physical, programmatic, communicative) for patrons with disabilities and provide best practices suggestions for improvement and removing identified barriers
  • Conduct an accessibility audit to identify barriers within the park offices and housing units for current employees and provide best practices suggestions for improvement for current and future employees


  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Eligible for Public Lands Corps hiring authority upon completion
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion
  • Dedicated staff to ensure reasonable accommodations requests are met
  • Membership opportunities and dedicated cohort/affinity meeting spaces
  • Opportunity to make a big impact!

Equal Opportunity Employer and Reasonable Accommodations:

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 reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application, interviewing, and/or onboarding process, please send your request to the hiring manager in your preferred method of communication.

Required Skills

  • To Be a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • To be between the ages of 18-24, or a Veteran up to the age of 34
  • Identify as having a disability
  • Adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid environment
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in a variety of settings
  • Interest in history, education, and/or interpretation
  • Ability to have reliable transportation to work
  • Basic computer skills
  • Communication skills
  • Drive to learn and experience new things!

Required Experience

  • Experience living away from home
  • Experience working in a professional environment

This position is located in Crescent City, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.