Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) Member – Landscape Stewardship Corps – Eisenhower National Historic Site
Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Eisenhower National Historic Site, is seeking two members to contribute to landscape stewardship projects alongside Eisenhower National Historic Site Staff.
The Traditional Trades Advancement Program-Landscape Stewardship Corps is intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of landscape preservation or horticulture. No background or previous experience in horticulture is necessary.
For more information about the National Park Service’s Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) – Landscape Stewardship Corps please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/landscape-stewardship-corps.htm
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: April 1, 2024
Estimated End Date: September 27, 2024
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. Learn more at www.nps.gov/eise
The Gettysburg area offers all amenities in a semi-rural environment. It is a great place to live. In the area, there are high quality medical providers and facilities, theaters, farmer’s market, endless dining options, playgrounds, and parks. Recreational opportunities include nearby hiking, boating, fishing, camping, biking, and skiing. Plenty of opportunities for non-government employment. The community is inclusive and friendly to diversity.
Position Overview: The ACE Members will gain experience and knowledge in pruning trees, overseeing plant health, maintaining a historic landscape, restoring historic vegetation, data collection, and how to use and understand cultural landscape reports and other documents. They will also learn to use and care for landscaping equipment.
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.
Bi-weekly Schedule: Week 1 Mon-Thurs 7:00am – 4:30pm, Week 2 Mon-Thurs 7:00am – 4:30pm Fri 7:00am – 3:30pm. As the days get longer and hotter during the summer; hours may change to 6:00am – 3:30pm. (This will be discussed with the ACE members.)
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 Stipend: The ACE Member will receive $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 will include OSHA-10 Certification and a Landscape Stewardship Fundamentals course.
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.
Gettysburg is in the transition zone between the humid continental climate of northern and central Pennsylvania to the north and the humid subtropical climate of central Maryland to the south. There are hot, humid summers and cool winters.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS or ACE. 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 NPS and 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 Member Coordinator, HPTC Programs, 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.