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Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) - Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park AmeriCorps Service Member


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Kilauea, Hawaii

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Living Stipend: $600/week ($15/hr)

AmeriCorps Service Term Length: 12 weeks, full time

Number of Positions: 3

Start Date: 9/9/2024

Deadlines to Apply: 8/9/2024

Reports to: Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National 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) member and help make the outdoors more accessible for all!


Friends of Hawai’i National Park YES AmeriCorps Service Member:
Stewards Individual Placements provides individuals of differing abilities with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources.  YES service member is focus on barriers to entry for individuals with disabilities in the outdoor workplace. 

Stewards, in partnership with Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, are seeking 4 YES AmeriCorps Service Members for 12-week placements.  Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park support the park in the preservation, interpretation, and education of current and future generations.  The organization supports numerous programs and projects in the park, including but not limited to: invasive species removal, endangered habitat, trail restoration, visitor experience service projects and more. 

YES Service positions at Friends of Hawaii National Park include:

  • Trail Guardian Level 1- Will focus on trail and special ecological area invasive plant species removal and trail maintenance (2 YES positions available)
  • Website and Social Media Team Member Level 1 – Will focus on 508 compliance on various outreach platforms and will assist with administrative duties (1 YES position available)
  • Guardians Kapuna Interviewer/Media 1 – Will interview Kapuna senior citizens and record interviews for print and video resources (1 YES position available)

YES service members will work with the invasive species control team removing species from all over 330,000 acre park. Varied duties include trail surveys looking for trash and removal of to ensure great visitor experiences. Trail work and special ecological area work will include on-site training using basic hand tools and all safety equipment (risk is low). Office work will include working with the IT department on website and social media platforms, filing, typing and answering telephones. YES service members will also conduct and record interviews with Kapuna senior citizens for preservation.


Duties Include:

  • Cut, dig, remove and herbicide invasive ginger.
  • Trash removal from culturally significant sites.
  • Data entry within website platform.
  • Content production for website and social media platforms.
  • Answer telephones as receptionist in organization.
  • Basic filing of Hawai’i Institute documents and youth program documents.
  • Production of simple word documents, PowerPoint presentations and excel spreadsheets.
  • Series interviews of indigenous people related to history of place, connection to land, lessons learned.
  • Production crew work related to interviews.
  • Attend bi-weekly YES cohort meetings (online via Teams meetings) to collaborate with other YES members, attend professional development presentations, and give a capstone presentation on your YES project(s). 



  • 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 that meet online every-other week
  • Opportunity to make a big impact!


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 18-30, or a Veteran up to the age of 35
  • 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 with Microsoft office products
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • Outdoor work experience
  • Willingness to work with a team and try new challenges


This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation. 

This position is located in Kilauea, HI. View the Google Map in full screen.