Summer Science Youth Intern (PO-00735139)

This project will recruit, hire, mentor and train 2 summer science youth interns to interpret and teach environmental topics. The project will focus on two programing elements – a summer youth day camp and a night sky program. and The summer youth camp is for local children ages 8 – 12 conducted on the 2nd Saturday of the months of June, July and August 2023. Each day camp will have various themes from caves and bats, to old growth forest to Kentucky wildlife. Boasting one of the darkest night skies in central Kentucky, the Knob Creek location will offer one mid week and one weekend program.

This project is designed to expand both stewardship and conservation ethic of the National Parks and Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park (ABLI). The park is embarking on new and exciting framework of programs that can be possible through the recruitment of summer youth who will co-create science exploration with both local summer camp kids and local families.

Compensation Details:

  • Travel Allowance: $1,100 once
  • Weekly Living Allowance: $250 / week
  • NPS Provided Housing

Conditions of Employment
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Position ID: PO-00735139

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - June 2, 2024

2995 Lincoln Farm Rd
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Training Provided: Summer interns will gain skills and understanding in field teaching, interpretation to diverse audiences, child development, natural and climate sciences, NPS 101, historical studies, frontier life, and how to organize and manage a new operation.

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.

Professional Development Opportunities: Interns will participate in 40 hours of initial orientation training, 40 additional hours of special topics, join at least one best practice training at another site, join at least 2 leadership team meetings, shadow opportunities with the superintendent, shadow opportunity with chief of their choice and participate in developing their career path projections.

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

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.

US Citizenship: Yes

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