Historic Stewards

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Program Overview

Our Historic Stewards Program targets students currently enrolled in trades, construction or other hands-on, preservation-related fields of study to introduce them to best practices for stewardship of NPS historic resources. Historic Stewards join HPTC work crews during their summer breaks (and post-graduation), receiving informal skills training and formal education in preservation theory as they complete critical preservation work for the NPS. 

Interns are expected to physically report to HPTC in Frederick, MD, but some travel may be required based on the needs of the project. Typically, internships last for 12 weeks during the summer or up to six months between the months of June-December. Occasionally, opportunities may occur during other times of the year.

Internships may vary slightly in duties or requirements depending on the needs of the section or project work assigned. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review the application materials carefully for more information about the expectations and requirements of the specific internship position they are seeking.

Who can apply?

  • Youth between 18 and 30 years of age.
  • Veterans between 18 and 35 years of age and possess a DD214 with a discharge status of Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions.
  • Previous experience with historic trades or construction is required.

How to apply?

The Historic Stewards Program is conducted through a cooperative agreement with one of HPTC’s Corps Network Partners, Conservation Legacy. Most positions are advertised in late winter. Applicants can visit Conservation Legacy’s website to search and apply for open positions.



Questions? Contact our team at hptc_learning@nps.gov

Last updated: June 8, 2023