Traditional Trades Advancement Program – Steamtown National Historic Site
Build your hands-on preservation trades skills at Steamtown National Historic Site through projects addressing a range of historic preservation needs. Over the course of a 26-week immersive experience, TTAP participants train and work alongside experienced NPS employees to preserve cultural resources and crucial infrastructure. This position is a great way to gain practical, hands-on experience and the foundation for a career in historic preservation. The position at the Steamtown offers specific opportunities to work on a variety of projects involving historic railroad equipment such as steam locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, tank cars, hopper cars, EMD and Alco diesel locomotives. These projects range from complete overhaul and historic preservation to daily inspection and maintenance. Trades such as metal fabrication, welding, and machining will be performed in our historic Delaware Lackawanna and West shops that are unique to the National Park Service. 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 October 2, 2023 – March 29, 2024 (start date is flexible), with weekends and federal holidays off.
Skills Training & Support Provided:
All applicants must meet Minimum 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!
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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-00735693
Expected Dates: October 2, 2023 – March 29, 2024
Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Reviewed
Apply here: Link to application on SCA’s website.