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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 in the preservation trades. Historic Stewards have experience and education in historic preservation either from higher learning or prior preservation/trades experience. These positions operate within the summer seasons between school and can extend to 26-weeks with Direct Hire Authority eligibility. All positions offer a $400/month housing stipend and are based out of the Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, MD.

Service OpportunityPark UnitLocation
Traditional Trades Advancement Program- Hubbell Trading Post National Historic SiteHubbell Trading Post National Historic SiteGanado, AZ
Traditional Trades Advancement Program - Gulf Islands National SeashoreGulf Islands National Seashore Gulf Breeze, FL

Traditional Trades Advancement Program - Fort Larned National Historic Site

Fort Larned and Nicodemus National Historic Site

Larned, KS

Traditional Trades Advancement Program - National Capital Area

National Capital Area

Washington, DC

Traditional Trades Advancement Program - Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas, VA

Traditional Trades Advancement Program - Salem Maritime, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites

Saugus Iron Works/ Salem Maritime NHS

Saugus/Salem, MA

Traditional Trades Advancement Program - Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites

Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS

Hyde Park, NY
Traditional Trades Advancement Program- Apostle Islands National LakeshoreApostle Islands National LakeshoreBayfield, WI
Traditional Trades Advancement Program - New River Gorge National Park and PreserveNew River Gorge National Park and PreserveGlen Jean, WV

Historic Preservation - Indian Youth Service Corps

Southern Four Corners Group

Shonto, AZ

Historic Stewards- Woodcrafting

Historic Preservation Training Center

Fredrick, MD
Historic Stewards- MasonryHistoric Preservation Training CenterFredrick, MD
Historic Stewards- CarpentryHistoric Preservation Training CenterFredrick, MD


For questions about the HPTC program, please contact:

Gwennan Richmond, Program Coordinator