Historic Trades Career Opportunities for Veterans


This Veterans Day, The Campaign for Historic Trades would like to honor and thank the women and men who have served to protect our country. As The Campaign works to grow and strengthen careers in historic trades, we’re highlighting opportunities for veterans up to age 35 to participate in a dynamic trades training program.  

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program, or TTAP, was created in 2018 to expand its capacity to undertake preservation projects at national parks across the country. TTAP provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training to young people during an intensive twenty-week experience. Trainees receive project-based opportunities to learn carpentry, woodcrafting, finishing, masonry, metalworking, and window restoration while working, learning, and earning alongside professional NPS staff.  

  • Applicants must be 18 – 30 years of age, or 18 – 35 years of age for US veterans.  
  • No prior experience required. 
  • Trainees receive a weekly living stipend. 
  • Participants work 40 hours per week for 20 – 26 weeks. 
  • Positions available across the country at different National Parks. 
  • Positions typically open in January.


See below for images from an all-veterans TTAP crew performing metalwork and stonework.