Wilberforce Community Steward


The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.


Position Title Wilberforce Community Steward
NPS Unit Name Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument – Wilberforce, OH
Position Dates May 28 – August 3, 2018
Position Description The Wilberforce Community Centennial Steward would advance the mission of the park by providing frontline educational programs and outreach to the community and general public. (this includes children, adults, and families). The chief goal of this internship will be completed by recruiting volunteers, developing primary research to explore what happened in the Wilberforce community and home of Colonel Charles Young from 1907-1922, the period of significance, and interpreting those findings to the public through props, walking tours, and illustrated talk.
• Conduct Oral Histories of Buffalo Soldiers and other community members who knew members of the immediate Young Family, and students of Mrs. Ada Young's who are still alive.
• Conduct research at Wilberforce University, Central State University, Greene County Historical Society, Greene County Archives, and the National Afro- American Museum and Cultural to help direct exhibit development.
• Expand the Cell Phone Audio tours of the Wilberforce/ Xenia community for visitors. Track the number of visitors who utilize the cell phone tour and promote the tour within the community.
• Participate in face to face and online training in order to expand knowledge, skills and abilities to work in the park and community to strengthen interpretive skills, writing skills, and assist with volunteer program operation and recruitment.
• Create a blog and a social media presence about the internship to inspire youth to reexamine Colonel Young's life and legacy as one to model. Work with the park webmaster to develop an online photo gallery using oral histories to educate the public about the work of Colonel Young.
• Complete weekly museum curatorial preservation at the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.
• Participate in the planning and implementation of park programs at the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and participate in all NPS onsite and offsite programs and presentations as assigned.
• Meet weekly with NPS staff and show progress on benchmarks set to complete the project.
• Take part in all NPS site required meetings that pertain to the research and development of the interpretive programs at the Charles Young home.
Qualifications A positive attitude, high degree of initiative, and strong work ethic are essential for the position. In addition, a successful candidate will:
• Have excellent oral communication skills.
• Feel comfortable speaking in front of groups and generating visitor participation.
• Currently pursuing a degree in History, History /Education (interest in the following eras: progressive era, great migration era, civil rights era, and connection to fraternal groups to the civil rights movement), Business, Education, Museum Studies, African American History, Art History/ Education, Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Web- Design are preferred not required.
• Have experience working with the community through civic activities.
• Be articulate, enthusiastic, engaging, and willing to learn.
• Be willing to become actively involved in the programs of the site.
• Willing and able to work outside and take on curatorial duties as assigned.
• Demonstrate a desire and willingness to conduct programs that engage visitors of diverse backgrounds in exploring challenging issues and discussions.

Background or experience in social media, web-design, historic
preservation, or grant writing will be considered a plus.

Work Environment The student will have a mixture of field work (walking tours, meeting with the community, and conducting oral history interviews) and office work (data entry and project development) wrapped into the internship. Students should be prepared to work outdoors in open areas, as well as indoors in office settings and research facilities. The student will be working on a diverse array of projects (social media, historic preservation, public speaking, professional development, public workshops, guiding document development, walking trail interpretation in the Wilberforce Community, etc.) A uniform shirt will be provided to wear daily along with khaki pants to carry out daily work tasks.
Vehicle/License Requirement A valid driver's license is required. The student may operate government vehicles. Students that are in this position must carry a valid state issued ID with them at all times. A personal vehicle is also suggested.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided for non-local intern
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at: www.serve.gyfoundation.org

For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@gyfoundation.org.

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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