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National Park Service – Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program - Historic Preservation Training Center
Term of positions is 20 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Two week training at Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, MD.
This posting is specifically for the Historic Preservation Training Center – Frederick, MD
Housing is not provided – individuals already living near this site are highly encouraged to apply
Application Due Date:
Positions will be open until filled. Preference given to applicants that submit application by 02/03/2020
Title of Position
Historic Preservation Intern – Woodcrafting, Carpentry, Masonry (Veteran Specific)
The National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), along with the Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP), are seeking individuals to participate in the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. This program provides post-9/11 military service veterans hands-on skills training from NPS professionals, focusing on the maintenance and care of monuments, memorials, and structures in the National Park Service system. Apprentices will receive introductory training in a variety of traditional trades and will develop an understanding of historic resource stewardship while helping to preserve our nation’s historic resources. This program provides apprentices with marketable skills and excellent exposure to the historic preservation career field within the NPS as well as the private sector.
There are two components to the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program: an initial training period and an extended project period. For the first two to three weeks, NPS professionals teach apprentices safety techniques, preservation philosophy, and technical trades skills. During this training, apprentices complete core curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), an industry leading certification program for maintenance and craft professionals. This training is held at the Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, MD.
For the remainder of the program, apprentices hone their skills alongside NPS craftspeople at the Historic Preservation Training Center and may include work at other NPS sites requiring travel.
Participant would be part of one of the following sections within the Historic Preservation Training Center - Woodcrafting, Carpentry, or Masonry. All work will include use of historic tools and techniques as well as modern instruments, equipment, and materials to complete a robust and active work schedule.
The Woodcrafting Team combines preservation carpentry with traditional woodworking to restore and replicate architectural features that include windows, doors, columns, and many other components found on and in historic structures. Projects can include: window and door restoration; millwork replication and fabrication; structural repairs and timberframing; exterior envelopes; wood, slate, and metal roofing. Examples of tasks for participant include but are not limited to: measuring and cutting boards; simple framing or roofing work; ability to measure, cut, or install wood components of historic structures using on-site measurements, verbal directions, drawings and specifications.
The Carpentry Team assesses wood features, makes recommendations for repairs, and carries out the repairs using techniques to blend the new fabric with the old, while documenting the work they complete. Projects can include: Barns and log cabins; structural repairs; exterior envelopes and porches; wood, slate, and metal roofing. Examples of tasks for participant include but are not limited to: performing basic carpentry skills such as cutting and measuring boards; minor carpentry work such as stabilization, preservation and restoration of wooden structures; using tape measures, squares, levels, chalk lines, etc. to measure, mark, and cut a variety of materials.
The Masonry Team takes extra steps to blend repairs with existing stone, concrete, or brick. The process includes analyzing the mortar, locating appropriate sand for the mortar, and finding similar replacement units. Projects can include: brick and stone repointing, monument repairs, bronze cleaning and repair, drystone walls, coastal fortifications. Tasks for participant include but are not limited to: assisting in mixing and pouring masonry cement, sand, and water in the construction of simple forms and for laying bricks, cinder blocks, or flagstone; patching and repairing historic buildings, walls and sites built of stone, mortar, and stucco; selecting and using tools such as trowels, rakes, brushes, tuck pointers, hammers, chisels, etc.
Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position; including occasional lifting or handling of objects over 75lbs using proper techniques. The apprentice must stand or kneel for long periods and will be required to climb ladders, work from scaffolding or platforms, work on uneven or angled surfaces, and/or be able to work in confined spaces such as those found beneath buildings. The apprentice will be required to stoop, bend, kneel, climb and walk in all manners of environmental conditions such as rain, mud, heat and snow.
A career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation
Is comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions and at heights
Have a willingness to work hard and get dirty
Have a serious attitude toward safety all day, every day
Have the ability to think critically and creatively
Have positive attitude
Have ability to communicate effectively and listen to directions
Have a professional and respectful manner and works well within a team
Ability to commit to a twenty-week experience of combined training and hands-on work
Flexibility to work outside of traditional hours may be required
Have the desire and ability to complete all program training requirements in order to receive NCCER and OSHA certifications including assessments and all classroom and online coursework.
Post-9/11 armed service veteran. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with a discharge status of Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions needed.
18-35 years of age
United States citizen or legal resident
Priority given to individuals who are already local to a park site
How to Apply
Apply on-line at: https://stewardslegacy.org/open-positions. 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 in this position.
Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.