Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Stones River National Battlefield, is seeking two members to be a part of the Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP). The Members will contribute to a variety of historic preservation projects alongside Stones River staff.
TTAP is a program intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation and construction basics. No background or previous experience in construction or historic preservation is required. Training for all tools and activities will be provided by park staff professionals.
For more information about TTAP, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/traditional-trades-apprenticeship-program.htm
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: November 6, 2023
Estimated End Date: May 3, 2024
*a 26 minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Stones River National Battlefield preserves over 700 acres where two battles of the American Civil War took place. The park, established in 1927, is located in Rutherford County, Tennessee along the Stones River. The park is home to various wildlife species, and contains cedar glades, and associated species only found there, that are found primarily in the Central Basin of Tennessee. The park is also the site of Stones River National Cemetery.
For more information about Stones River National Battlefield, please visit https://www.nps.gov/stri/index.htm
Position Overview: Stones River National Battlefield is improving the condition of Stones River National Cemetery’s historic landscape through projects supported by the National Cemetery Investment Initiative. Tasks will include routine national cemetery maintenance such as gravesite marker cleaning and alignment, mowing and string trimming. Landscape management projects will focus on tree trimming and reestablishing healthy turf. Interns will also support Historic Preservation Training Center teams working to re-point and preserve the Stones River National Cemetery Wall. This supports the intern’s learning and professional development by teaching them the proper methods to conduct the tasks as well as an in-depth analysis of NPS safety program, safety protocols, and the NPS National Cemetery historical and cultural landscapes. Leadership and training will be provided by skilled NPS staff.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. Interns will have the opportunity to plan and lead small groups of volunteers in performing cemetery maintenance tasks such as headstone cleaning.
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7am to 3:30pm
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $720/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: Park housing may be available for ACE members.
Professional Development Funds: The TTAP member will have access to $1,000 of professional development funds that can be used for approved purposes.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific training may include OSHA Certification and Historic Preservation Fundamentals courses.
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPSand ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC HPTC Member Coordinator, Kyle Ellison at email@example.com
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.