Stewards of the Future

Stewards of the Future walking toward the camera
Stewards of the Future summer 2017 crew at the NPS Youth Summit

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site


As Stewards of the Future, we are the bridge between the National Park Service and the youth community. We develop teen-relevant experiences that preserve the cultural and historical message of our National Parks. In addition, we strive to create an engaging summer experience that promotes personal intellectual growth and professional team development.

-Mission Statement, Stewards of the Future, 2014

This steward position offers the paid opportunity to work on a team of six stewards with Park Rangers at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, and Longfellow House- Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site.
Each stewards' responsibilities will include staffing the visitor center and assisting on special park events. As part of the Stewards of the Future team, stewards will co-lead project development to engage park visitors ages 15-18. Employed stewards, over the course of the summer, have improved personal and digital communication skills, networking opportunities and exposure to an array of new experiences.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Interact professionally with diverse National Park Service visitors in person and on the phone
  • Support current programming such as family days, open houses, and public outreach
  • Staff visitor center, which includes managing a cash register and maintaining sales area
  • Provide basic site information
  • Actively participate in a team project
  • Operate digital equipment, including cameras, tablets, and computers
  • Support social media efforts
  • Other duties as assigned
Returning Steward Duties & Responsibilities:
In addition to the above Duties & Responsibilities, Returning Stewards will also be responsible for the following:
  • Communicate daily and weekly schedule
  • Co-manage Instagram account and other program documentation
  • Ensure program paperwork is completed
  • Prep Stewards' office for each upcoming week
  • Uniform (partial) and gear provided
  • Paid employment and Public Transport provided
  • Collaborate with other youth employment teams
  • Learn about the history and mission of the National Park Service (NPS)
  • Learn NPS theory on tour development
  • Update existing resume with skills acquired during the summer
  • Understand the importance of a professional social media presence
  • Participate in a job shadow experience with other NPS divisions
  • Explore career possibilities within or associated with NPS and other public lands
  • Participate in recreational field experiences
  • Strengthen communication and time-management skills

Important Dates:

Applications Posted: Wednesday, February 15
Applications Due: Friday, April 6
Interviews: April 17- April 28
Hiring Completed: mid May
Paperwork Due: late May

Start Working: July 5, 2018
End Working: August 26, 2018

Summer Schedule:

  • First-Year Steward: 35 hours/ week
    • Wednesday through Sunday, 7 hours/ day between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. Schedule yet to be formalized.
  • Returning Steward: 36 hours/ week
    • Wednesday through Sunday, 7-7.5 hours/ day between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. Schedule yet to be formalized.


Application Opens February 15



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