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Posted: 05/11/2016

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SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.SCA offers hands on conservation projects in the form of high school trail programs, internships for those over 18, and field leader programs. Every year, our members contribute over one million hours of conservation service.

Delaware Water Gap Historic Preservation Team
Internship Opportunity
Delaware Water Gap National Re, NJ
Open Until
Expected Dates
June 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Position ID

Members of the 2016 Historic Preservation Corps will assist and in some cases take the lead in  preservation, stabilization and documentation of  a variety of 18th through 20th Century buildings  within the Delaware Water Gap NRA. Imparting historic preservation techniques is the focus of this season and, as such, members will receive hands on training related to basic carpentry and masonry preservation. Projects for 2016 have been selected to provide ample opportunity for members to practice and refine the following skills; window glazing, paint/stain removal & application, basic carpentry repairs, roofing repair, whitewashing, mortar repointing, and more. Successful completion of this program will see members gain proficiency with both hand tools (hammer, chisel, saws, etc.) and power tools (table saws, compound miter saw, drills, etc). Members may also engage in trail building & maintenance during the course of the season.


Members will live and work out of either tent camps, in close proximity to worksites, or in a restored lodge located at Camp KEP for the duration of the season.  Camp KEP does have electricity and running water but members should expect to live without cell phone reception and internet access.  Access to laundry, internet, and other common amenities will be limited for the duration of the program and may require travel during off days to procure. Use of SCA vehicles for access to such amenities may be provided for members without access to a personal vehicle. Please note - while bringing a personal vehicle is not required it will greatly increase the members ability to travel as there is no public transportation available in the area and personal use of SCA vehicles is extremely limited.


Season: 5 months (Jun 14 - Nov 18)


Member responsibilities include: Fully engaging in all work projects and community activities; Menu planning and food shopping for hitch; Teaching environmental education modules; Recording work totals and writing hitch reports for submission to NPS partners; Communicating with the public; Promoting safety and maintaining conservation values/ethics.


Work breakdown: Restore buildings and grounds within the Delaware Water Gap NRA (70%); collect data related to restoration and preservation (10%); provide public outreach and education (15%); oce work, community building (5%)



  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are strongly desired

  • Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, high humidity, precipitation, and small confined spaces.

  • Ability to pass SCA background check

  • Valid drivers license and ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred (21+)


Members receive room and board, health insurance, and a weekly living stipend. Members will receive the following trainings and/or certications:

  • Lead Renovation, Repair, and Paint Certification (US EPA approved)

  • Work skills training (carpentry and masonry hand tools, and power tools)

  • Teamwork, leadership, and conict resolution skills training

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certication

  • CPR Certication

  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course

How to apply
Beth McCarthy
Phone: 603-543-1700 x1499

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