The Historic Preservation Training Center of the National Park Service, based in Frederick, Maryland, has announced a Summer 2017 pilot of a Traditional Trades Youth Initiative.

The Traditional Trades Youth Initiative is a partnership between the Historic Preservation Training Center, Youth Programs of the National Park Service, and Environmental Stewards looking to provide Hispanic/Latino youth with exposure and experience in the fields of historic preservation, cultural resources and facility maintenance. The program is designed to provide stewards with a balanced experience into the traditional trades required to work on historic preservation projects. Stewards will be assigned with an Training Center project crews following the initial orientation and safety training.

Mortar mixing demonstration at National Historic Preservation Training Center.

Mortar mixing demonstration at National Historic Preservation Training Center.

Following a two-to-four week training period, Stewards will join crews of Training Center craftspeople working on preservation projects throughout the country. Members will be assigned to a trade – architecture, carpentry, masonry, or woodcrafting – at rotating intervals in order to engage in a well-rounded experience throughout participation. Throughout the duration of their rotations, Stewards will work closely alongside experienced craftspeople, serving as assistants and/or apprentice-level trade workers. Projects locations may include the Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and the President’s Park, including the White House.

Stewards will be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award and a living allowance. Some travel may be required with Training Center project crews to Park Service locations around the country. Please see the official application for more information.

More information and application