Website Traditional Trades Advancement Program, SCA
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation and preservation programs for youth and adults. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country. After working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.
Traditional Trades Advancement Program – Minute Man National Historical Park
Build your hands-on preservation trades skills at Minute Man National Historical Park through projects addressing various historic preservation needs. Throughout a 26-week immersive experience, TTAP participants train and work alongside experienced NPS employees to preserve cultural resources and crucial infrastructure. Participants at Minute Man will learn the fundamentals of historic preservation and receive on-the-job training in traditional trades, such as carpentry, linseed oil paints, window restoration, and wood crafting. You’ll gain practical, hands-on experience and the foundation for a career in historic preservation. 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 the position from June 5 – December 1, with weekends and federal holidays off (confirm).
Positions available: 2
Daily Schedule: Monday -Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location Details: Minute Man National Historical Park is
Skills Training & Support Provided:
- Exterior repairs on several historic houses
- Window restoration and sash repair
- Painting techniques, specifically with linseed oil paints
- General preservation maintenance
- $1440 bi-weekly living allowance
- $650 Travel/commuting Allowance to/from the project site
- Up to $1000 for independent professional development
- Travel and associated expenses for the Historic Preservation Fundamentals course
- Public Land Corps Hiring Authority (at position completion)
- Training and networking opportunities with NPS and preservation professionals
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 to continue preserving the historic resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites. Carrying on traditional businesses in their modern form requires the same materials, tools, ingenuity, skills, knowledge, and hard work that have been needed 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 accessed and enjoyed by thousands of visitors annually and contribute to the NPS mission. TTAP participants will benefit by training in preservation trade skills, learning basic safety standards in various work environments, and being introduced to general preservation principles and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.