🔗Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) Member – Stones River National Battlefield
American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Stones River National Battlefield, is seeking two members to participate in the Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP). The Members will contribute to various historic preservation projects alongside Stones River staff.
TTAP is a program intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation and construction basics. No background or previous experience in construction or historic preservation is required. Park staff professionals will provide training for all tools and activities.
For more information about TTAP, please visit https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/traditional-trades-apprenticeship-program.htm.
For more information about ACE, please visit www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: November 6, 2023
Estimated End Date: May 3, 2023
*a 26 minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Stones River National Battlefield preserves over 700 acres, where two battles of the American Civil War took place. Established in 1927, the park is located in Rutherford County, Tennessee, along the Stones River. The park is home to various wildlife species and contains cedar glades and associated species only found there, primarily in the Central Basin of Tennessee. The park is also the site of Stones River National Cemetery.
For more information about Stones River National Battlefield, please visit https://www.nps.gov/stri/index.htm.
Position Overview: Stones River National Battlefield is improving the condition of Stones River National Cemetery’s historic landscape through projects supported by the National Cemetery Investment Initiative. Tasks will include routine national cemetery maintenance such as gravesite marker cleaning and alignment, mowing, and string trimming. Landscape management projects will focus on tree trimming and reestablishing healthy turf. Interns will also support Historic Preservation Training Center teams working to re-point and preserve the Stones River National Cemetery Wall. This supports the intern’s learning and professional development by teaching them the proper methods to conduct the tasks and an in-depth analysis of the NPS safety program, safety protocols, and the NPS National Cemetery’s historical and cultural landscapes. Leadership and training will be provided by skilled NPS staff.
This individual placement facilitates professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in conservation fields and shadowing work groups. Interns can plan and lead small groups of volunteers in performing cemetery maintenance tasks such as headstone cleaning.
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm
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 their term of service completion. 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: Park housing may be available for ACE members.
Professional Development Funds: The TTAP member will have access to $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 may include OSHA Certification and Historic Preservation Fundamentals courses.