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Traditional Trades Advancement Program – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore

January 24

NPS HPTC– Traditional Trades Advancement Program – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore

Length: Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Location: Empire, Michigan
Living Allowance: $18/hour
Start Date: 6/5/2023
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by 4/15/2023
Title of Position Historic Preservation Training Center TTAP Intern – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore

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 are seeking individuals to participate in the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Members 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 with Park facilities team and the Historic Preservation Training Center to focus on the historic preservation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore offers miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora, and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes.   An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history. Majority of the work will focus on the maintenance of the barn workshop and boat launch repair as well as campground sign and post replacement.

Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Learning Carpentry, and Wood crafting
  • Historic structure preservation and structure mitigation (retaining walls, flood management, graffiti removal, etc.)
  • Barn repair/restoration
  • Use of hand tools

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


  • Carpentry Training
  • Historic Preservation Training
  • $18/hour
  • OSHA-10 Safety Training
  • Historic Preservation Fundamentals Training
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority
  • Additional Training
    • Preservation Philosophy
    • Trade skill development
  • On-site housing available

How to Apply
Please be prepared to submit a resume as part of your application.

Gwennan Richmond

Program Coordinator, Preservation & Trades

Stewards Individual Placements



Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.