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Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) Member – San Antonio Missions National Historical Park


Traditional Trades Advancement Program – San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Build your hands-on preservation trades skills at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park through projects addressing a range of historic preservation needs. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserves and maintains the historic and modern resources of the 1,000-acre site.  Interns will be part of the park’s masonry preservation team and will work side by side with NPS craftsmen learning all aspects of masonry preservation of historic structures from removing failed masonry fabric and mixing mortar, all the way to shaping and laying stone, then applying finishing treatments. The ideal candidate is excited about hands-on trades work and should be able to demonstrate or discuss their interest in the historic preservation field. TTAP Placements must be able to commit to a 26-week term. This position is scheduled for November 6, 2023 – May 3, 2024 (start date is flexible), with weekends and federal holidays off.

Skills Training & Support Provided:

  • Interior and exterior repairs on historic structures
  • Masonry fabrics including sandstone, limestone, and a variety of functional mortars
  • Masonry application techniques specific to Spanish Mission architecture
  • General preservation maintenance

Position Benefits: 

  • $1,440 bi-weekly living allowance (pre-tax)
  • $650 Travel/commuting Allowance to/from project site (pre-tax)
  • $1000 Funding for independent professional development
  • Travel and associated expenses for Historic Preservation Fundamentals course
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority (at position completion)
  • Training and networking opportunities with NPS and preservation professionals as opportunities arise
  • Park will provide OSHA 10 hr. Construction Safety Course and NPS Operational Leadership Training

Essential Qualifications:

  • Interest in historic preservation trades and continuing into the trades field
  • Age restrictions: 18 – 30 (or 35 for Veterans)
  • Must be able to commit to the project for 26 weeks (start date flexible)
  • Physical effort is heavy to moderate for this position and requires occasional lifting or handling of objects or materials up to 50lbs, unassisted, following proper lifting procedures to avoid injury. Frequently required to stand while working, climb ladders or scaffolding, and bend, stoop, climb, and work in awkward positions.
  • Comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions from hot and humid to cold and windy
  • Interest in using hand and power tools in an outdoor setting to complete projects
  • Ability to commute to project site daily
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations and participate in ongoing safety culture of the site
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass the DOI Background Check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Willingness to learn new skills in building trade and/or historic preservation
  • Willingness to complete tasks involving dirt, sand, and mortar mix components with the potential to get dirty
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Professional and respectful manner and works well within a team
  • Local to San Antonio, TX

All applicants must meet Essential Qualifications to be considered for the position. Those who may not meet all the Preferred Qualifications are encouraged to apply! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the National Park Service partner will conduct interviews.

No experience in preservation trades required!

*For SCA’s COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid  

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training through an intensive learning-while-working experience at a National Park Service (NPS) site. TTAP aims to build the next generation of historic trades workers in order to continue the important work of preserving the historic resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites. Carrying on the traditional trades in their modern form require much of the same materials, tools, ingenuity, skills, knowledge, and hard work that have been required for generations and cannot be replaced. By working alongside NPS staff on preservation projects, the intern will directly improve the physical conditions of a nationally significant park site that is accessed and enjoyed by thousands of visitors a year and contribute to the NPS mission. TTAP participants will benefit by gaining training in preservation trade skills, learning basic safety standards in a variety of work environments, and being introduced to general preservation principals and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Position ID: PO-00735691

Expected Dates: November 6, 2023 – May 3, 2024

2202 Roosevelt Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Reviewed

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Commuting to and from the park from personal housing.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Apply here: Link to application on SCA.