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Youth Empowerment Stewards Park Accessibility Information Review (YES-PAIR) Steward - General, multiple locations


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Stipend: $600/week  
Housing Stipend: $100/week (for sites unable to provide on-site housing, see options below)
Internship Length: 12 weeks, full-time, in person 
Number of Positions:  8 
Start Date: 5/28/2024 
Application Deadline: 8/16/2024 
Reports to: Park Supervisor 


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 yourselfWork 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 ideasThat’s why we need YOUBecome a Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) intern and help make the outdoors more accessible for all!  


YES-Park Accessibility Information Review (PAIR) Steward:
Stewards Individual Placements, a program of Conservation Legacy, provides individuals with AmeriCorps service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Stewards, in partnership with the Park Accessibility for Visitors and Employees (PAVE) program of the National Park System, are looking for individuals from the disability community to conduct Park Accessibility Information Reviews (PAIR) at various sites in National Park System.  YES-PAIR Stewards will serve at various National Parks to visit areas of their park to record (through notes, pictures, and PAIR data-collection forms) the current accessibility features and conditions at the siteThe information collected from YES-PAIR Stewards will be used to help various National Parks update their websites so that visitors with disabilities can do informed trip planning. 
YES-PAIR Stewards will receive training on disability and accessibility and how it affects park visitation for individuals with disabilitiesThese Stewards will also receive hands-on training on how to complete PAIR reviews.    After conducting PAIR reviews, YES-PAIR Stewards will prepare a report for their park regarding the park’s existing accessibility conditions and they will also assist the park in updating park’s accessibility page on their website.    

These positions start the week of May 28th.  All YES-PAIR members will travel to Washington D.C. the week of June 3-8, 2024 for training; all travel and lodging for the training will be provided.  Starting the week of  June 9th and the following 10 weeks, include completing PAIR reviews and findings reports at your park site. 

Duties Include:  

  • Conduct on-site reviews of accessibility conditions at multiple sites throughout their park 

  • Record accessibility conditions through note-taking, photographs, and data-collection forms 

  • Organize findings into a report for their park 

  • Based on information collected, update the park’s website to provide better/updated information on the park’s accessibility webpage 

  • Attend a mandatory in-person training at Fort Vancouver, WA the week of May 13th (travel, lodging, and per diem included)


YES-PAIR Sites: 
When applying, please list your preferred sites from the options below

  1. Effigy Mounds National Monument – Harpers Ferry, IA 

    • Housing not available on-site, but Effigy Mounds can assist in finding temporary housing
  1. Sant Antonio Missions National Historic Site – San Antonio, TX 

  1. Joshua Tree National Park Twentynine Palms, CA 

    • Looking for housing possibilities
  1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire, MI 

    • Housing provided at site 

  1. New River Gorge National Park & Preserve – Fayetteville, WV 

    • Shared housing available
  1. Colonial National Historic Park Yorktown, VA 

  1. Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Manteo, NC 

    • Housing provided at site 

  1. Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine, FL 



  • Professional Development Opportunities 

  • 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! 

  • Housing stipend 

Required Skills

  • Attend a mandatory training on how to conduct PAIR reviewsTraining will be at Ft. Vancouver May 13 17, 2024; transportation and lodging will be provided 

  • Attend bi-weekly YES cohort meetings (online via Teams meetings) to collaborate with other YES interns, attend professional development presentations, and give a capstone presentation on your YES Internship project(s).  

  • 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 

  • Have a personal connection with the disability community 

  • Adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid environment 

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in a variety of settings 

  • Ability to have reliable transportation to work 

  • Basic computer skills 

  • Communication skills 

  • Drive to learn and experience new things! 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Some college experience 

  • Preferred candidates have an interest in or experience with disability/accessibility either through personal experience, education, or other exposure 


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. 


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

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