Western Center for Historic Preservation

Two people stand behind a historic window. One person is holding the window up and the other is scraping putty off a glass pane.
Learn new skills and delve deep into historic preservation with these courses.

2020 BEST Preservation Workshops Series

Are you interested in learning how to preserve and protect historic structures and sites in locations across the National Park Service? Here's your opportunity!

The Western Center for Historic Preservation is offering the Brick, Earth, Stone, and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series! This series encompasses topics spanning from inquiry based topics, all the way up through treatment and maintentance.

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all remaining trainings have been postponed to FY21.

The Western Center for Historic Preservation

Who are we?


The Western Center for Historic Preservation is an education and resource center dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of cultural resources in our western national parks. The center promotes leadership in preservation education and skills development with government partners, non-profits and educational institutions. The center was jointly developed by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The concept of a regional preservation center was born out of the need to address a significant deferred maintenance backlog on historic buildings throughout the west. All too frequently, parks lack the staff with the necessary skills and expertise to properly assess, prioritize, and conduct needed maintenance on rustic historic structures. The Center was created to address these concerns. By offering education opportunities and preservation services, the Western Center for Historic Preservation helps build maintenance capacity in western national parks, improving stewardship of historic resources, and ensuring a permanent reduction in the maintenance backlog can be sustained.

Where are we?


The Western Center for Historic Preservation includes a preservation shop and office facility in Moose, WY, for year round carpentry and administrative work, and the rehabilitation of White Grass Dude Ranch as a training facility and cultural resource center for seasonal research.

Work with us!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities include a broad range of tasks such as log cabin stabilization, log preservation/repair/replacement, basic carpentry, roof repair, window repair, chinking, masonry repair, landscape restoration, archiving historic materials, historic research and photography.

We welcome all skill levels and can accommodate most group sizes. Volunteer opportunities can be as short as one day or as long as a few weeks. If you have an idea for a project you are interested in doing with us, please email us. Be sure to specify you are interested in volunteering and your requested dates.

Rustic lodging at the historic White Grass Dude Ranch is available to volunteers based on availability, training, and construction schedules. Please contact us well in advance if you or your group are requesting housing at White Grass. Please note: To be considered for volunteer housing at White Grass a volunteer MUST commit to 32 hours of work.

Student Opportunities

If you are a student interested in a historic preservation internship with WCHP, please visit the National Council for Preservation Education's website and view internship listings.


Current Job Opportunities

We employ term and seasonal employees as funds allow. Use the search terms "preservation carpenter" or "historic preservation" to see explore current openings.

Contact Information


Western Center for Historic Preservation
Grand Teton National Park
PO Box 170
Moose, WY 83012