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Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) - Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Interpretation Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

2995 Lincoln Farm Rd., Hodgenville, Kentucky

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Stipend: $600/week ( ~ $15/hr)
Housing: Housing provided on-site*
Internship Length: 25 weeks, full-time
Number of Positions: 1
Start Date: 7/8//2024
Application Deadline: 6/10/2024
Reports to: Visitor Services Ambassador at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical 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!


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Education and Interpretation Intern:
Stewards Individual Placements, a program of Conservation Legacy, provides individuals with AmeriCorps 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 work and recreation spaces.  Stewards, in partnership with Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, are seeking a YES intern who will play a critical role in helping Abraham Lincoln Birthplace better serve our local communities by improving accessibility for patrons and staff. 

The YES intern will join the park’s interpretation team in creating a memorable experience at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. The YES intern will learn about interpretation and practice interpretive skills, provide public programing, make recommendations to the park on how to improve park accessibility for public programing, and develop in-house training for Abraham Lincoln Birthplace staff about accessibility in public programing at this national park.


Duties Include:

·       Make recommendations to the park on how to improve accessibility

·       Assist in implementing needed accessibility improvements

·       Provide public programming and guided talks

·       Develop training for park staff about accessible public programming




·       Trainings on interpretation, NPS accessibility standards, and presentations will be provided

·       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 provided at site*/ Housing Assistance**

*The park housing was constructed in the late 1950s and are Ranch-style homes.  Everything is on one floor and there is no basement.  There are a few concrete steps that one would have to use to enter the home.  Each house (there are 2) has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Each resident gets their own personal bedroom with locking door but in some cases would have to share the 2 bathrooms in the event we have 3 residents.  Each bathroom has the stereotypical shower/tub combination that one would have to "step" into to be able to access the tub and/or shower.  There are shared spaces in the living room, kitchen and dinning room.  Each house has its own washer and dryer so each resident can do their own laundry while living at the house.

**If this housing is not accessible for you then please let us know and we can provide an additional $100/week housing stipend 

Required Skills


·       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

·       Have a high school diploma

·       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!

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Public speaking experience


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 position is located at 2995 Lincoln Farm Rd., Hodgenville, KY. View the Google Map in full screen.