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Visitor Services Member - Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - Repost

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE Visitor Service Member to contribute to visitor services projects alongside Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site staff. Please note that duties may shift due to COVID-19.

For more information about ACE, please visit the website www.usaconservation.org.


Start Date: April 11, 2022 (there may be flexibility for the right candidate)

End Date: August 27th, 2022 (20 weeks after start date)

*a 20-week minimum commitment is required *


Location: Flat Rock, NC

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site preserves Connemara, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (CARL) is located in western North Carolina about 30 minutes southeast of Asheville, NC. The site is the last home of Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), poet, biographer, folk singer, social activist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His wife and family raised champion dairy goats; the park continues to maintain a small herd. The 264-acre park features an historic home, barn and outbuildings and over five miles of wooded trails.

To learn more about CARL, please visit the NPS website at: http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm.


Living Allowance: The ACE member is expected to contribute ~ 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $580/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, libraries, and other infrastructure are spread out by 5 miles or more. The Member must have a driver's license and a personal vehicle for personal commuting purposes.


Position Description:

The ACE Members will directly assist the National Park Service engage the public in the history and significance of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site to visitors. Members will share information and meanings behind natural cultural resources, as well provide other visitor services such as staffing the visitor center, collecting tour fees, issuing park passes, and driving the visitor shuttle. They will also care for the farm's goats.

Typical duties include:

  1. Staffing the visitor center desks, collecting fees, and selling Sandburg-related sales items in the park store
  2. Creating and presenting formal interpretive programs to a variety of audiences
  3. Leading tours of the historic Sandburg home
  4. Driving the visitor shuttle
  5. Assisting in education programs
  6. Caring for goats at the farm area of the park including raking manure and feeding

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.


Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.


Qualifications:

Required:

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A personal vehicle
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as History, Public Speaking and English.
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of customer service.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Effective communication skills with diverse audiences.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Victoria Yee at vyee@usaconservation.org.


EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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