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🔗Field-Based Historic Preservation Trades Intern – 480 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Ventura, CA
  • 18.00 USD / Hour
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Channel Islands National Park - Mediterranean Coast Network Historic Preservation Team
  • Job Reference #: 4066
  • Job Qualifications:

    • Possess or working toward a degree, have experience, and/or demonstrated interest in historic trades, historic preservation, materials conservation, or a related discipline
    • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
    • Comfortable working in rugged field conditions
    • Hands-on experience with field documentation and conditions assessment

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Housing Stipend, Travel Stipend, Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Moderate physical effort is required including lifting or handling of materials up to 40 pounds. Work may involve week-long stays on islands and at other park units, including camping with limited facilities.
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Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

The successful candidate will work directly with the Mediterranean Coast Network Historic Preservation Team, based in Ventura, CA, conducting field-based preservation work at Channel Islands National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Cabrillo National Monument in Southern California. Work comprises a full spectrum of planning, design, preservation, and construction activities, including hands-on preservation projects on a wide variety of historic buildings, structures, and cultural landscapes within extraordinary natural environments.

Duties include on-site preservation tasks such as siding and roof repair, window repair, fencing and corral repair, historic concrete and masonry repair, painting, and other jobs. Work may also include basic documentation, condition assessments and treatment plans. The internship will provide practical experience with hand and power tools and application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The intern will be working with a talented team of historic preservationists and exhibit specialists who enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience. The intern is encouraged to work with our team to further their independent research interests.

Candidates must be comfortable with physical labor, spending full days outside, and traveling by boat to remote islands as well as travel to other park units. Project work will require week-long stays on islands and at other park units. Park-subsidized housing may be available; housing and travel stipends are provided. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.

Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate.  Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.