🔗Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Website Appalachian Conservation Corps
Title: Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Location: Based out of Church Creek, MD
Dates of Service: Flexible September start date – 8/30/2023 (50 weeks)
Pay: $720/week ($600/week stipend + $120/housing allowance) plus benefits
Status: This is a full-time, temporary, 1700-hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
Questions? Contact ACCrecruiting@conservationlegacy.org
Appalachian Conservation Corps:
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) connects young people to conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, DC, Ohio, and Pennsylvania communities. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation organizations.
Through partnerships with federal, state, and local partners, we develop opportunities to assist young people in gaining meaningful experience that will further their professional goals. The Individual Placements gain hands-on experience at their placement site, and ACC supports them through their term and provides various benefits to help them in the long term. ACC welcomes national applicants but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHP:
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park is a 480-acre National Park Service unit in Maryland that preserves and interprets the historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the life, work, and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad for the benefit of current and future generations. Harriet Tubman was the Underground Railroad’s best-known conductor and, before the Civil War, repeatedly risked her life to guide 70 enslaved people north to new lives of freedom. This new national historical park preserves the same landscapes that Tubman used to carry herself and others away from slavery.
Appalachian Conservation Corps and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHP are seeking a Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador to work with National Park Service staff to develop new ways of telling the incredible stories of the Underground Railroad using various modern methods of communication while enhancing the park’s current interpretation using an Equity Lens.
The interns will complete two weeks of formal training at the host park to learn basic operations, interpretation, and natural/cultural resource stories. The interns will work with the public and may act as the face of Chesapeake Gateways places or NPS Chesapeake Gateways at the visitor centers, public events, and while roving Chesapeake Gateways places or the community. The interns will develop and present interpretive programs or services within the first three months of working. Then, they will refine, design, and deliver additional programs as their mentor directs during the next three months. They will research and write digital media resources throughout the year, highlighting under-told stories. After working at the park for several months, the intern will develop “pop-up” programs for visitors and engage with them on an informal level. The intern will assist with other interpretive media projects, including signage and brochures, as a part of a team. The intern will assist other staff with planning and hosting at least eight community programs, including educational field trips.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Community engagement and outreach, especially regarding engagement and involvement of young people in cultural heritage.
- Preparing and conducting public programs and workshops focused on at least one of the NPS Chesapeake Gateways themes and utilizing inclusive interpretation principles and 21st Century Interpretation Competencies.
- Creating, editing, and publishing content for multiple print and digital platforms, including websites, mobile apps, social media, publications, newspapers, magazines, and more.
- Developing inclusive interpretation, programming, and experiences at Chesapeake Gateways place for underrepresented communities.
- Develop common interpretive content that can be readily adapted and customized for individual sites, including thematic interpretive products like interpretive signage.
- Link culture and nature through interpretation, education, messaging, and initiatives.
- Opportunities to participate in various activities and projects related to the mission of the National Park Service, depending on interest areas.
- Housing is not provided.
- $720 week stipend paid bi-weekly
- $6,495 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 1700 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)
- Option to enroll in free Health, Vision, and Dental benefits
- $500 professional development fund
- Eligibility for the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion – noncompetitive hiring status for two years when applying for federal positions.
- Possible federal student loan forbearance and interest payoff
- Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
- Additional subject-specific certifications and training may be offered
- Depending upon the academic institution and program, positions may fulfill internship requirements
Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alum listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths
Some college coursework completed in Communications, History, Public Affairs, Public Speaking, or other related subjects
Experience working in public-facing roles and customer service
- Be between 18 and 30 (except for Veterans aged 35).
- Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pass background checks: All offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check.
- Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are qualified if they have not already completed two full years of AmeriCorps service or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
- Possess a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply:
In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed. Applications are only accepted through our website, www.appalachiancc.org/individualplacements.
Conservation Legacy is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of various groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Conservation Legacy is committed to fully including all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to perform essential job functions. If you need assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.