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Work for the National Park Service!

Become part of the National Park Service team who tells the stories of over 425 places throughout the nation! Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois is hiring current students for Park Guide positions as part of the National Park Service’s Pathways Program, a paid federal internship and career experience program.

See the job annoucement for current open positions and to apply!

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Apply now to be a pathways student intern!

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  • Pay Range: $18.96-24.65
  • Flexible seasonal hours, ranging from full-time to part-time depending on the season

  • Earn vacation and sick time

  • Uniform provided

  • Students who successfully complete their term may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent job in the civil service. Please note: Conversion to a position in the civil service after completion of the program is not guaranteed.


  • Provide high quality customer service to visitors from around the country and the world

  • Staff visitor center and information desk: welcome visitors, issue Lincoln Home tour tickets, answer visitor questions, etc.

  • Give tours of the Lincoln Home to the public, sharing with visitors the story of Abraham Lincoln and his family.

  • Handle and process fees, passes, and other sales responsibly

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Must be a current student seeking a degree or certificate from an accredited institution (e.g. high school; vocational or technical school; associate, bachelor, graduate, or professional school) on a half to full time basis.
  • Must be available to work approx. 24 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours a week when classes are not in session (e.g. summer vacation)
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must hold U.S. citizenship.
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Tips on Submitting an Application in USAJobs

  • Carefully review the job announcement/description before starting the application
  • Note what types of documentation is required. This will include but may not be limited to:
    • A legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, and grade-point average or class ranking must be provided. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
    • A federal resume with name, contact information, work and volunteer experience, education information, etc. (See "FederaL Resume Tips" Section below)

Federal Resume Tips

  • Federal resumes do not need to be limited to one page. It is more important to list all relevant job, work, and volunteer experience than to fit everything on one page.
  • Keep resume organized, simple, and easy to read
  • For each position and work/volunteer experience listed, include start/end dates and hours worked per week (e.g. "40 hours/week", NOT "full-time")
  • In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors

See here for tips about writing a resume for USAjobs: Resume Writing - YouTube



Tim Townsend

Last updated: April 21, 2024

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