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Position Dates: 09/22/24 - 03/16/25 (25 weeks)

About us:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, community green spaces, and much more across the country.

Position Description:

This position is assigned to a National Park Service Unit. The purpose of the position is to perform work on conventional/typical preservation projects for a variety of historic structures. This entails the full gamut of types, and includes some new construction, major restoration, or rehabilitation, complete stabilization, significant alteration, and more. Preservationist Technician will work under the supervision of a Preservation Specialist and Facilities Manager that will instruct, assign, and review work to be completed.

Historic Preservation is central to the mission of the National Park Service and the policies as directed by the National Historic Preservation Act. These positions will support the continuing work of preservation for the many historic resources throughout the park service while providing for mentoring and training of new individuals to learn the specialized skills to become a Preservationist.


: Reconstructs, restores, or rehabilitates wood structures by performing work on such elements as structural framing rafters, doors, windows, floors, staircases, trusses and beams, interior and exterior trim, and roofing where accuracy, spacing and fit are essential and structural soundness is important.

Position repairs, reconstructs, restores, or rehabilitates masonry structures by performing work such as stabilizing or constructing foundations, repainting walls, chimneys, fireplaces, and other building elements and stabilizing or restoring engineered structures such as bridges, stone retaining walls, using a combination of modern and historic techniques.

Assists with the inspection of historic structures/sites/landscapes onsite to determine physical condition and the type and amount of maintenance required to maintain them in the proper condition. Makes technical recommendations to higher-level specialists and professionals regarding type of preservation treatment required to maintain ongoing and/or preventative maintenance.

Member Benefits:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $500- weekly living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • $25 weekly commuting allowance (Devils Tower is ~10 miles to the town of Hulett (pop. 400) which has a grocery store, laundry, hardware, and restaurants.
  • Housing on site provided.
    • Intern will be assigned to a single/studio unit apartment or trailer with the park.
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($3,447 education award) at fulfillment of 900 service hours and successful completion of internship
  • Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service) **
  • Summer Uniform Package
  • Personal Program Coordinator
  • 24-7 Incident Response Support
  • All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

** Age requirements apply (18-30 years and up to age 35 for veterans)

  • Member Qualifications:
    Driver's license
  • Personal vehicle required.
  • Physically fit enough to carry a ~30 lb backpack.
  • Willing to work independently & on a crew.


  • Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member. This includes: Being a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States.
  • Being at least 18 years or older.
  • Having a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Being willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks. 9