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Traditional Trades Advancement Program Intern – Minute Man National Historical Park


Build your hands-on preservation trades skills at Minute Man National Historical Park through projects addressing a range of historic preservation needs. Over the course of a 26-week immersive experience, TTAP participants train and work alongside experienced NPS employees to preserve cultural resources and crucial infrastructure. Participants at Minute Man will learn the fundamentals of historic preservation and receive on-the-job training in a traditional trade, such as carpentry, linseed oil paints, window restoration, and woodcrafting. You’ll gain practical, hands-on experience and the foundation for a career in historic preservation. The ideal candidate is excited about hands-on trades work and should be able to demonstrate or discuss their interest in the historic preservation field. TTAP Placements must be able to commit to the position from June 5 – December 1, with weekends and federal holidays off (confirm).

Positions available: 2
Daily Schedule: Monday -Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location Details: Minute Man National Historical Park is

Skills Training & Support Provided:

  • Exterior repairs on several historic houses
  • Window restoration and sash repair
  • Carpentry
  • Painting techniques, specifically with linseed oil paints
  • Landscaping
  • General preservation maintenance

Position Benefits:

  • $1440 bi-weekly living allowance
  • $650 Travel/commuting Allowance to/from project site
  • Up to $1000 for independent professional development
  • Travel and associated expenses for Historic Preservation Fundamentals course
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority (at position completion)
  • Training and networking opportunities with NPS and preservation professionals

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Interest in historic preservation trades and continuing into the trades field
  • Age restrictions: 18 – 30 (or 35 for Veterans)
  • Must be able to commit to project dates: June 5 – December 1, flexible start
  • 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​
  • Interest in using hand and power tools in an outdoor setting to complete projects
  • Ability to commute to Minute Man National Historical Park daily

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Massachusetts residents
  • Graduates of Minuteman High School and similar local CTE schools

No experience in preservation trades required!

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training through an intensive learning-while-working experience at a National Park Service (NPS) site. TTAP aims to build the next generation of historic trades workers in order to continue the important work of preserving the historic resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites. Carrying on the traditional trades in their modern form require much of the same materials, tools, ingenuity, skills, knowledge, and hard work that have been required for generations and cannot be replaced. By working alongside NPS staff on preservation projects, the intern will directly improve the physical conditions of a nationally significant park site that is accessed and enjoyed by thousands of visitors a year and contribute to the NPS mission. TTAP participants will benefit by gaining training in preservation trade skills, learning basic safety standards in a variety of work environments, and being introduced to general preservation principals and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 – December 1, 2023

174 Liberty Street
Concord, MA 01742-1705