The Trades

The Campaign for Historic Trades increases opportunities for all Americans to enter the high-demand field of skilled traditional trades and to put Americans to work.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Becoming an Apprentice

Currently, the Campaign for Historic Trades recruits within the eligibility requirements of the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The TTAP program is focused on recruiting young adults, ages 18 through 30, and post-9/11 veterans. Cohorts of TTAP apprentices ranging in size from 4 to 12 individuals and are located around the country. Generally, apprentices are placed in National Park units with significant preservation projects underway. TTAP apprentices are led by trained Park Service tradespeople and are provided several industry-accepted certifications during their six-month training.

Fill Out an Interest Form

Fill out our interest form online with basic information about you so that we can check your eligibility. You shouldn’t need any documents on hand to fill out the form – just fill it out to the best of your ability. No previous education or construction experience needed.

Connect With the Campaign Staff

A Campaign staff member will read your interest form and check on your eligibility for open apprenticeship opportunities – some cohorts have age, location, and/or Veteran-status requirements. We will touch with about options and opportunities that will work specifically for you!

Submit an Official Application

If there is an open apprenticeship opportunity for which you are eligible, a Campaign staff member will let you know and will even help with the application as needed. Some of the applications will be through the CAmpaign for Historical Trades or they could also be through a different corps or program. Either way, we’re happy to help.

Basic Safety Training

If you are an apprentice with the Campaign for Historic Trades, you’re first stop is Frederick, Maryland for two weeks of basic training at the Historic Preservation Training Center. You will receive written and hands-on instruction in construction safety, work-site protocols, and the appropriate handling of hazardous tools and materials. If you complete the two-week program, you will move on with THIS certification.

In the Field at a National Park

The cohort is then divided into smaller groups of apprentices and assigned to crews of master craftspeople employed at a National Park. Each park placement duration is different, typically six months, and will consist primarily of hands-on skills training while working on historic preservation projects.

Job Placement Assistance

When an exemplary apprentice completes the basic training and the fieldwork, a Campaign staff member will assist you in finding and applying for jobs in the trades! These jobs might be with the National Park Service or a private construction firm.

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Become an Apprentice

Currently, the Campaign for Historic Trades recruits within the eligibility requirements of the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The TTAP program is focused on recruiting young adults, ages 18 through 30, and post-9/11 veterans. Cohorts of TTAP apprentices ranging in size from 4 to 12 individuals and are located around the country. Generally, apprentices are placed in National Park units with significant preservation projects underway. TTAP apprentices are led by trained Park Service tradespeople and are provided several industry-accepted certifications during their six-month training.

Take the First Step

Placement & Salary

Apprentices that complete the program, receive the “Introductory Construction Craft Skills” module accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and accepted as a standard and necessary certification when joining the construction workforce.

Graduates of the TTAP program will be qualified for non-competitive hiring by the federal agencies which have open positions that utilize the preservation skills that are taught during the apprenticeship program.  They are also qualified for private-sector employment with preservation contractors. Starting wages at private-sector employers typically begin at $22 per hour and increases with tenure and skill levels.

When apprentices complete the training, the Campaign works to find suitable employment for the graduate within the National Park Service, other government agencies, or private company. Unique to the experience through the Campaign, our staff is already in contact with members of the Historic Trades Business Council that are ready to accept new graduates directly from the program.

There are cohorts across the country in America’s National Parks learning:

  • Historic Masonry
  • Frame Carpentry
  • Detailed finish carpentry
  • Rehabilitation of historic windows
  • Historic roofing
  • Painting standards and techniques
  • Use of Traditional Tools & Power Tools
  • Job-Site Safety Practices

Program Milestones

Apprentices accepted in the Campaing for Historic Trades should expect to:

  • Complete a two-week intensive training through the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program,
  • Complete and receive the “Introductory Construction Craft Skills” module accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and receive OHSA safety certification,
  • Work for several months in small directed cohorts led by master tradespeople working directly on some of America’s most treasured resources in National Parks across the country,
  • Receive mentorship on workplace soft skills and personalized assistance in transitioning from trailing to employment in the traditional trades.

Certifications & Skills

Construction Skills

During the two-week intensive introduction to the core curriculum, apprentices revive OSHA safety certification. Apprentices that complete the full program, receive the “Introductory Construction Craft Skills” module accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and accepted as a standard and necessary certification when joining the construction workforce.

Additional opportunities to learn specific skills and earn certifications may arise at specific project locations, including but not limited to: operational leadership, defensive and safe weather driving, heavy lifting, chainsaw operation, lead safety, scaffold safety, and first aid.

Job Skills & Enhanced Training

Specific to the Campaign for Historic Trades program, apprentices will also receive training on skills essential to success in the workplace including professionalism, resume writing, and interview skills. These soft skills are part of the Campaign’s job placement efforts for all completed apprentices.

As a member of a cohort, apprentices have access to the National Park Service’s Common Learning Portal, a web-based resource used by employees across all disciplines of the Park Service to collaboratively practice skills for improving job performance.

 

Mason Brooks

Youth Participant, 2017

I would like senior officials in the NPS to know that this is a great program. Traditional trades are not something I have ever been interested in before, however this internship has opened my eyes to all the work that goes into these national parks and I am very happy to have the chance to have an impact.

Garrett Pahanish

Youth Participant, 2018

The most challenging aspect of my experience thus far would be learning to do things I’ve never done before. Practicing with tools I had little experience with or a particular technique that is difficult to master has been the most challenging aspect. I try to avoid making the same mistake twice and make good habits when working properly and safely with tools.

How to Apply

Currently, the Campaign for Historic Trades recruits within the eligibility requirements of the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The TTAP program is focused on recruiting young adults, ages 18 through 30, and post-9/11 veterans. Cohorts of TTAP apprentices ranging in size from 4 to 12 individuals and are located around the country. Generally, apprentices are placed in National Park units with significant preservation projects underway. TTAP apprentices are led by trained Park Service tradespeople and are provided several industry-accepted certifications during their six-month training.

Eligibility

The Campaign is actively seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds ages 18-30 and post 9/11 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. No previous construction experience needed.

Compensation

Accepted apprentices into the Historic Trades youth program will be paid $12.50 per hour during their training experience and veteran participants will be paid $16 per hour.

Housing

Housing is available at some project sites. The Campaign for Historic Trades will provide assistance to accepted apprentices for sites without housing and for those looking for housing accommodations.

Travel

Apprentices are responsible for their own transportation to and from host site. Any transportation required from the host site to the project site will be provided.

Placement

Placement locations will depend on where the National Park Service determines work needs to be completed, and applicants will be placed based on the number of available slots at each location.

Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices who work at least 120 hours on public lands will receive non-competitive hiring status to open federal positions through the Public Land Corps Program.

When apprentices complete the training, the Campaign works to find suitable employment for the graduate within the National Park Service, other government agencies, or private companies. Unique to the experience through the Campaign, our staff is already in contact with members of the Historic Trades Business Council that are ready to accept new graduates directly from the program.