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Posted: 01/03/2018

Historic Preservation Training Center and Stewards Individual Placement Program

Veteran Trades Apprenticeship Program
Professional Opportunity
Gettysburg, PA


25 weeks


One month training at Gettysburg NMP with housing provided.

Extended worksite training at one of the following sites. Housing is not provided individuals already living near these sites are highly encouraged to apply.

Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Chattanooga, TN

Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA

Historic Preservation Training Center headquarters, Frederick, MD

Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, MS



Start Date

March 12, 2018

Application Due Date

February 9, 2018

The National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), along with the Stewards Individual Placement Program, are seeking seven individuals to participate in the new Veteran Trades Apprenticeship Program. This program provides post-9/11 military service veterans hands-on skills training from NPS professionals on the maintenance and care of federal monuments and memorials at Civil War Battlefields. Apprentices will receive introductory training in a variety traditional trades and will develop an understanding of historic resource stewardship. This program will provide 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 Veteran Trades Apprenticeship Program: an initial training period and an extended project period. For the first 4-6 weeks, apprentices will be based at Gettysburg National Military Park. During this training, apprentices will learn safety techniques, preservation philosophy, and will receive basic skills training. For the remainder of the program, apprentices will join crews of NPS craftspeople working on monument and memorial preservation projects at designated park sites. Throughout the duration of their terms, apprentices will work closely alongside experienced craftspeople, learning specialized preservation trades skills required in the care and maintenance of monuments, and additional skills as necessary.

HPTC will provide housing and per diem during the initial training period at Gettysburg National Military Park for participants living outside commuting distance. HPTC will not provide housing during the project period. Individuals already living near the project locations, listed above, are highly encouraged to apply.

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 such as a roof, 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.

Apprentices may be placed on travel status while working on an NPS project over weekends and holidays. While apprentices are on travel status (50 miles away from Host Site), they will be reimbursed promptly for lodging and per-diem expenses. While Stewards are at their host site, they will not be provided local housing or housing assistance.

Required Qualifications:

Post-9/11 armed service veteran

Preferred Qualifications

Attention to detail, organized, and experience working in a team environment


Ability to think critically and creatively

Ability to communicate effectively

Positive attitude and sense of humor

Comfort working outside in a variety of conditions

Interest and/or experience with:

Building Trades (Carpentry, Masonry, etc.) and/or

Historic Preservation and/or

Art History and/or

Military History

OPen until

How to apply
Visit: http://www.stewardslegacy.org/join/environmental-stewards/
Danny Margoles
Phone: 970-946-0405

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