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The National Park Service and private industry need workers with specialized skills to preserve and maintain the buildings and structures in our national parks and historic communities. To help meet this need, the NPS Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) was created.

TTAP provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training during an intensive six-month learning-while-working experience. TTAP allows the important work of preserving the cultural resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites to be passed onto the next generation in a time when many employment fields are becoming obsolete through mechanization. Traditional trades in their modern form require much of the same materials, tools, ingenuity, skills, and hard work that have been required for generations and can never be replaced.
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Youth and military veterans are invited to join the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program of the National Park Service. Learn skills, work in amazing places, and preserve the history that defines us all.

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How to Apply

Are you interested in joining TTAP? Awesome! Check out our current openings below.

What are the crews?

Become a member of a small team, lead by a NPS preservation specialist, working to preserve historic buildings and features!

At the beginning of the program you will complete an intensive two-week basic training in historic preservation fundamentals and introductory craft construction skills. Afterwards, you’ll put those skills to work using tools and materials common in the preservation of older buildings and structures.

Work may be inside or outside, in all kinds of weather, and may involve working on scaffolding. At the end of the day you’ll walk away with the satisfaction of making a lasting impact, with highly-marketable job skills, and a great opportunity to network and build your career.

Where have crews worked lately?

In 2018 TTAP crews worked on projects at the following locations:

Eligibility Requirements

Because this program is offered through partner agreements that are a part of the the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps there are specific age requirements for these positions. Learn more about 21CSC requirements. Youth must be between 18 and 30 years of age. Veterans must be between 18 and 35 years of age, and possess a DD214 with a discharge status of Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions.

Other information

  • No prior experience required
  • Six-month commitment
  • Requires at least two weeks of traveling for training
  • You will be getting dirty and working hard, in both indoor and outdoor environments. Somedays the work will be physically demanding.
  • Requires a full commitment to meet all program requirements

What are the benefits of TTAP?

By participating in TTAP you will:
  • Build marketable job skills
  • Receive a National Center for Construction Education and Research graduation certificate
  • Have time to explore national parks
  • Feel satisfaction, because you’ve made a difference
  • Have paid experience and a lot of fun.

What's it like?

Hear from present and former participants in the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program.
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Hear more about Avery Putnam's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Video: NPS / Kristi Rugg

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Billy talks about his experience on the TTAP crew at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

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Hear more about Heather Alexander's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Video: NPS / Kristi Rugg

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Hear from Joshua Routh on his experience as part of TTAP.

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Hear more from Pat about his time on a TTAP crew at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

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Hear more about Rodney Flora's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Video: NPS / Kristi Rugg

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Hear more about Victor Velasco's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Video: NPS / Kristi Rugg

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Hear more about Zoe Wilson's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program. Video: NPS / Kristi Rugg

Last updated: September 25, 2019