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Traditional Trades Advancement Program Intern (Masonry Preservation) – Colorado National Monument


National Park Service – Traditional Trades Advancement Program (masonry Preservation)– Colorado National Monument
Length: Term of position is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Location: Fruita, Colorado
Living Allowance: $18/hour
Start Date: 4/24/2023
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by 3/31/2023
Title of Position HPTC Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program Intern – Colorado National Monument

Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

SIPP in partnership with the National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center is seeking one individual to participate in the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) at Colorado National Monument (COLM). Member 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 participants with marketable skills and excellent exposure to the historic preservation career field within the NPS as well as the private sector.

This internship position will work primarily with Park historic preservation masonry team to focus on the preservation of Colorado National Monument. Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West that includes, sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, bighorn sheep, and soaring eagles. The focus of this work will be rehabilitating the historic masonry along Rim Rock Drive, preserving the original Superintendents residence, as well as constructing the Saddlehorn Amphitheater Trail.

 Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Learning Masonry and Wood crafting skills and techniques
  • Masonry focused projects that include: dry stone masonry, wet stone masonry, and stone shaping.
  • General maintenance
  • Historic and cultural landscape maintenance and management
  • Historic structure preservation
  • The use of hand tools
  • The operation of a wide range of heavy machinery

Minimum Requirements:

  • Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including, lifting, or handling of objects over 50lbs using proper techniques.
  • Standing or kneeling 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.
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 18-30 years of age, maximum 35 for Veterans with DD-214
  • Driver’s License (heavily preferred)


  • Pay: $18/hour
  • Masonry training
  • Heavy equipment operation and power tool training
  • Housing (either provided or assistance with securing)
  • Safety training (vehicle, trailer, situational awareness, power tools, etc.)