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Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) Member – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

March 5

National Park Service – Traditional Trades Advancement Program –  Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Length: Term of position is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Living Allowance: $520/wk + $200/wk housing allowance (equivalent to $18/hr)(pre-tax)
Start Date: 3/5/2024
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by 2/18/2023
Title of Position HPTC Traditional Trades Advancement Program Intern – Great Smoky Mountains National Park



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. 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.

Our projects will provide broad experiences in historic preservation with experienced carpentry and masonry craftspeople. There are a number of historic homes, barns, farm buildings, as well as CCC era stone masonry in both states of the park. These structures date from the 1870’s to the 1960’s. Interns selected for this position will receive experience in southern Appalachian and CCC era construction and building techniques. Inters will have the opportunity to work alongside NPS staff on multiple historic structures across the park that are in need of window, roof, flooring, and timber log repairs. These projects will include, historic masonry walls and chimneys needing repairs, restoration, and rehabilitation.

Position Responsibilities will include: 

  •   Specific structural preservation/restoration projects (structural repairs to buildings, window restoration, plastering, painting, etc.)
  •   Park preservation (walkways, stone walls, barriers, etc.)
  •   Backlogged general maintenance (gutters, roofing, plumbing, drywall, plaster, etc.)
  •   Exposure to Masonry, Carpentry, and Woodcrafting
  •   Historic window restoration

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
  •      Valid Driver’s License


  •      Pay: $18/hour
  •     AmeriCorps Segal Education Award- $3,697.50 (requires completion of entire internship)
  •     Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority
  •     OSHA-10
  •     Historic Preservation Fundamentals
  •     Training and Mentorship in traditional trades techniques
  •     Tool Training
  •     Safety training (vehicle, trailer, situational awareness, power tools, etc.)

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

Gwennan Richmond-Stewards Program Coordinator




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.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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