Traditional Trades Advancement Program Member – Badlands National Park
Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Badlands National Park, 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 Badlands 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.
Persons who identify as Native American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and/or Alaska Native are strongly encouraged to apply.
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: September 2023
Estimated End Date: 26 weeks after start
*a 26 minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Badlands National Park, which draws its name from the Lakota who call the land “mako sica” or “badlands”, protects 244,000 acres of land in South Dakota containing sharply eroded buttes, the largest undistrubred mixed grass prairie in the United States, a variety of wildlife, and the world’s richest fossil beds. The park boasts a unique and rich history. The nearest major city is Rapid City, South Dakota, where all major services can be found.
For more information about Badlands National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
Position Overview: TTAP members will work on a variety of different projects over the course of the term, including but not limited to, carpentry and woodworking, equipment operation, metal working, concrete work, and electrical work. Planned project work includes Fossil Trail Boardwalk replacement, bison corral repairs, replacing light fixtueres on buildings to preserve the Night Sky, and replacing wood decking with concrete to restore a historic landscape. Leadership 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.
Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 6:00am to 4:30pm (may be subject to change)
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: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.