NPS - Historic Preservation Training Center - Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program - Youth- Fort Pulaski National Monument

Conservation Legacy - Savannah, GA3.5


26 weeks – 40 hours/week


Extended worksite training at Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah GA.

Two week training at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Housing and travel during training will be provided.

Housing is not provided – individuals already living near these sites are highly encouraged to apply.



Start Date

April 1, 2019

Application Due Date

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Those interested are encouraged to apply early.

The National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), along with the Stewards Individual Placement Program, are seeking individuals to participate in the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. This program provides individuals ages 18-30 with hands-on skills training from NPS professionals, focusing on the maintenance and care of monuments, memorials, and structures in the National Park Service system. Apprentices will receive introductory training in a variety of traditional trades and will develop an understanding of historic resource stewardship while helping to preserve our nation’s historic resources. This program provides apprentices with marketable skills and excellent exposure to the historic preservation career field within the NPS as well as the private sector.

There are two components to the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program: an initial training period and an extended project period. For the first two weeks, NPS professionals teach apprentices safety techniques, preservation philosophy, and technical trades skills. During this training, apprentices complete core curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), an industry leading certification program for maintenance and craft professionals. This training will be based at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Apprentices living outside commuting distance will have housing, travel, and per diem expenses covered throughout the two to three week training period.

For the remainder of the program, apprentices hone their skills alongside NPS craftspeople at Fort Pulaski National Monument. At Fort Pulaski National Monument, apprentices will learn and implement masonry and carpentry techniques to preserve at-risk components of the historic built environment. This includes preserving cisterns, casement enclosures, roofing, and historic water delivery and drainage systems. Masonry techniques learned may include brick repair and repointing, parging, composite and Dutchman repairs, setting stone, and form work. Carpentry skills learned will include simple timber-framing, design, and layout.

Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including occasional lifting or handling of objects over 75lbs using proper techniques. The apprentice must stand or kneel for long periods and will be required to climb ladders, work from scaffolding or platforms, work on uneven or angled surfaces such as a roof, and/or be able to work in confined spaces such as those found beneath buildings. The apprentice will be required to stoop, bend, kneel, climb and walk in all manners of environmental conditions such as rain, mud, heat and snow.

18-30 years of age
United States citizen or legal resident
Priority given to individuals who are already local to a park site

A career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation
Is comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions and at heights
Have a willingness to work hard and get dirty
Have a serious attitude toward safety all day, every day
Have the ability to think critically and creatively
Have positive attitude
Have ability to communicate effectively
Have a professional and respectful manner and works well within a team
Ability to commit to a six-month experience of combined training and hands-on work
Flexibility to work outside of traditional hours may be required
Have the desire and ability to complete all program training requirements in order to receive NCCER and OSHA certifications including assessments and all classroom and online coursework.


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Please upload a cover letter and resume for full consideration.

For More Information

Contact Allie Burdick - Stewards Program Coordinator

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