Interpretation Intern (PO-00734711)

The individual selected for this internship will work within the Division of Interpretation at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, located in Hodgenville, Kentucky.  The park is located in a predominantly rural area of Central Kentucky.  The park is comprised of two units: The Birthplace Unit and the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek.  The selected individual be working mostly at the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek during the course of their internship.

The selected individual will be expected to work as a highly functioning team member of the Division of Interpretation.  They will provide front-line interpretative services including working at the park's Knob Creek Tavern visitor center information desk, and providing both informal and formal interpretive programs.  The selected individual will also be expected to maintain and will be the park's primary point of contact for the interpretive garden at Knob Creek and will not only tend the garden but also provide living history programs to the visiting public about life on the Kentucky frontier.  The selected individual will be required to study, research and develop their own formal interpretive programs to present to the public, within the interpretive framework given to them during park orientation training.  Other interpretive opportunities at this site include providing a program for children involving "hands-on" activities, doing living history presentations about candle making, farming or pottery in historically accurate period reproduction clothing, as well as assisting with the presentation of Night Sky programming.  

Compensation Details:

  • Travel Allowance: $1,100 once
  • Weekly Living Allowance: $340 / week
  • NPS Provided Housing

Conditions of Employment
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Position ID: PO-00734711

Expected Dates: July 10, 2023 - November 12, 2023

2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Training Provided: The selected individual will be provided with an intensive park orientation training course where they will learn about the history of the NPS, the park, park operations as well as how to properly research and develop a formal interpretive program.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The park offers a picnic area and hiking trails at both the Birthplace and Boyhood Home Units. The selected individual will live in park housing with other SCA employees during their internship at the park.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Since the park does not have access to public transportation and it is too far away from local amenities, the selected individual MUST have access to a personal vehicle.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

The selected individual(s) for this internship will live in park housing.  The park houses were built in the late 1950s when the park's Birthplace Unit visitor center was built.  Each house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The selected individual will have their own bedroom but will have to share the bathrooms.  Common areas will also be shared and include a kitchen, dining room and living room area.  The house is fully furnished and the park also provides a land-line telephone, cable TV and Wi-Fi internet access at no additional cost to the selected intern(s).

The house also contains a washer and dryer as well as a microwave, oven and refrigerator in the kitchen.  The kitchen is also supplied with plates, glasses, cutlery, as well as some pots and pans.  The park also has provided a limited amount of sheets, blankets, and towels for interns to use, but all of these items are shared among house members.  Selected individuals are strongly encouraged to bring some of their own personal items, such as bedding and kitchen supplies, to make their stay more enjoyable.

Every individual who stays in park housing is required to read the park's housing manual and comply with all rules and regulations.  The selected individual will be required to sign that they have read the manual and agree to all rules and regulations.  Failure to comply with the park's housing manual may be cause for dismissal.


Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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