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Stewards Individual Placement Program

Historic Preservation Training Center

NPS Historic Preservation & Training Center


Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) completes technical preservation projects on historic structures within the NPS system. Interns and apprentices with HPTC can expect to get hands-on experience and training in preservation trades and building crafts by industry leaders. HPTC is dedicated to training the next generation of federal employees and stresses preservation philosophy alongside specialized training in masonry, carpentry, and wood crafting. In 2017, Stewards members worked at HPTC sites in 18 national parks, monuments, and battlefields.

HPTC has partnered with Stewards since 2014 and provides multiple types of opportunities based on an individual’s interests and work experience.

Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) provides an immersive experience for diverse young adults and veterans to learn from experts, developing trade skills and knowledge to enter the workforce, while preserving traditional trades and addressing critical maintenance projects within our national parks. Through TTAP, the NPS is laying the foundation to train the next generation of preservation maintenance workers with a focus on land and cultural resources. Each program cohort offers the NPS the opportunity to increase the geographical reach of the program’s recruitment and delivery along with the capacity of skilled historic preservation workers to enter both the public and private sectors. Positions last 5 to 6 months.

Historic Stewards positions are individualized, immersive internships focused on preservation trade specific projects for those with higher learning or prior preservation/trades experience. Interns will work alongside NPS Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) staff in one of three sections (Masonry, Carpentry, or Woodcrafting). These positions operate throughout the year and provide on-the-job training for those looking to advance their skills in traditional trades techniques. Positions length can range from 12- 26-weeks and are eligible for Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority. Most positions are based in Frederick, MD with additional opportunities available regionally throughout the year.

Build Up Technical Internship Program provides professional experiences in technical fields to students and those who have recently graduated. Interns will have the unique experience to work alongside premier park planning, facilities, and lands NPS employees completing large-scale, complex projects of high impact. Opportunities include, but are not limited to engineering, architecture, community planning, realty services, project management, social sciences, geographic information systems and publication services. These opportunities will be located at NPS team and project locations across the country at parks, regional offices, or DC office. Some internships may be remote. Positions range from 11 -52 weeks, offer a minimum of $18/hr with the opportunity to earn noncompetitive hiring eligibility.

Service OpportunityPark UnitLocation
NPS – HPTC Water Lab & Utility Shop InternYosemite National Park El Portal, CA
HPTC Traditional Trades Advancement Program InternColorado National MonumentFruita, Colorado
NPS HPTC Build Up - Technical Information Services InternHistoric Preservation Training CenterFrederick, Maryland
NPS Traditional Trades Advancement Program – Fort Laramie National Historic Site Fort Laramie, Wyoming Fort Laramie, WY
NPS - Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern Voyageurs Mountain ParkInternational Falls, MN
NPS- Water Lab & Utility Shop InternMesa Verde National ParkMesa Verde, CO
NPS –Water Lab & Utility Shop InternGateway National Recreation AreaSandy Hook, NJ
NPS- Water Lab & Utility Shop InternCatoctin Mountain ParkThurmont, MD
NPS National Capital Parks East (NACE)- Project Management Assistant (Build Up Program)National Capital Parks East (NACE)Washington, D.C.
Traditional Trades Advancement Program- Arlington National Cemetery Architectural Conservation InternArmy National Military Cemeteries (ANMC)Arlington, Virginia
Traditional Trades Advancement Program- Army National Military Cemeteries (ANMC)-Cultural Resource Management/Architectural Historian InternArmy National Military Cemeteries (ANMC)Arlington, Virginia
NPS Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facilities Management Division- Professional Services Intern (Build Up Program) Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGatlinburg, TN
NPS National Capital Regional Office- Facilities Operations Specialist (Build Up Program)Region 1: National Capital Area (U.S. National Park Service)Washington, DC


For questions about the HPTC program, please contact:

Gwennan Richmond, Program Coordinator