Website American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, is seeking ONE Education Assistant member to contribute to education programming and efforts alongside NPS Staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: Late February/Early March
Estimated End Date: 16-weeks after the anticipated start date
*a 16 week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hodgenville, KY
This position is located at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park located in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Hodgenville is a small town of about 3,000 residents located in central, rural Kentucky. It is located approximately 45 miles south of Louisville. There is no public transportation access to the park. The member will be expected to provide their own personal vehicle for travel during the position duration. Hodgenville has a local elementary school, high school and 2 small grocery stores. The closest town is located approximately 12 miles away in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Elizabethtown has schools, a hospital, shopping and restaurants.
Park is made up of 2 Units separated by 10 miles: Birthplace Unit – where the Symbolic Cabin and MB are as well as site of Boundary Oak Tree and Sinking Spring; also have a traditional visitor center with museum, store and orientation film; Boyhood Home Unit at KC: have historic cabin, path to Knob Creek; rural setting, trails and historic Tavern which serves as a visitor center; the member will be expected to work both sites
For more information about Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, please visit: www.nps.gov/abli
Position Overview: The ACE Member will work closely with the NPS staff to contribute to educational programing efforts. The projected duties are outlined as followed:
Work with education and interpretive staff as part of a project team, with a special focus on the Every Kid Outdoors program.
Assist with reaching out to area schools to coordinate and schedule school visits and field trips to Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
Facilitate Every Kid Outdoors virtual pre-visits for participating 4th grade students.
Facilitate educational programs and lead interpretive hikes at Lincoln Boyhood.
Engage with visitors, on the phone and in person, and respond to information requests.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Schedule: Work will be on Mondays to Friday, shifts will be 8 hours long and will range between the hours of 5:00am and 5:15pm (EST)
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
The selected individual 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 ACE member 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.
The house 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 has provided a limited amount of sheets, blankets, and towels for member 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 comfortable and 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.
Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $500 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific training may include park overview and orientation and training in the following areas: education program delivery, customer service skills, interpretation, and public speaking.