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Youth Empowerment Steward (YES) - Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

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7002 U.S. Highway 80 West, Hayneville, Alabama

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Stipend: $600/week ( ~ $15/hr)
Housing Stipend: $100/week
Internship Length:  25 weeks, full time
Number of Positions: 1
Start Date: 7/8//2024
Application Deadline: 6/10/2024
Reports to: Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail


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!


Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail YES 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 the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, are seeking a YES intern who will actively participate in providing a voice for people with disabilities by being a team member in creating an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Voting Rights March and the 35th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).         

The 60th anniversary of the Voting Rights March is in 2025, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The 1960s Civil Rights Movement had significant impact on politics and culture in the United States and laid the groundwork for the Disability Rights Movement that began in the 1970s. Our goal of the 60th anniversary of these marches is to recognize those people with disabilities and connect it with Jim Letherer, who participated in the Voting Rights March in 1965 on crutches after being invited to participate by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   There will be a celebration and remembrance event on the Edmund Pettus Bridge which is iconic to the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. The event will include educational components that will highlight people with disabilities.

The intern will be a member of the interpretive staff and will be immersed in the history of the civil rights movement and will go on field trips to visit the sites that are significant to this time in history. They will review our interpretive centers and programs to ensure that areas are accessible to all and will be a member of the resource team in the planning for the event to be held in Selma. The expectation is that an event will be planned in which many people with disabilities will participate, including a "march" across the Edmund Pettus Bridge which will be once in a lifetime event.


Duties Include:

·       Attend orientations and trainings to learn about various aspects of the Civil Rights Movement

·       Complete trainings for interpretive programming (trainings will be provided)

·       Complete accessibility assessments of the Lowndes and Montgomery Interpretive Centers and their public programming; staff the front desk of both interpretive centers to learn about the process and importance of customer service and the needs of visitors

·       Assist in the planning of the 60th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March to ensure it is an accessible event for everyone

·       Work with the Southeast ADA Center for the tools needed to complete accessibility assessments

·       Compile a report with findings from ADA assessments and suggestions for improvements

·       Serve on the planning committee for the event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Voting Rights March as well as the 35th anniversary of the ADA




·       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

·       All trainings needed to complete the work will be provided

·       Opportunity to make a big impact!

·       Housing stipend of $100/week

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

·       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:

·       Access to laptop to complete work

·       Bachelor's degree in the area of history, hospitality, communications, community planning or public relations encouraged but not required

Have a close connection to the disability community




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 7002 U.S. Highway 80 West, Hayneville, AL. View the Google Map in full screen.