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Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) Member – Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine & Hampton National Historic Site

Traditional Trades Advancement Program Member - Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine & Hampton National Historic Site


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine & Hampton National Historic Site, is seeking two members to be a part of the Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP). The Members will contribute to a variety of historic preservation projects alongside Fort McHenry & Hampton staff.

TTAP is a program intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation and construction basics. No background or previous experience in construction or historic preservation is required. Training for all tools and activities will be provided by park staff professionals.

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Start Date: February 5, 2024

Estimated End Date: August 2, 2024

*a 26 minimum commitment is required *


Location Details/Description: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, located on Locust Point in Baltimore, Maryland, was built in 1798 and was continuously used by U.S. armed forces through World War I and the U.S. Coast Guard through World War II. The fort played a large role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor from attack. The defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write what would later become "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Hampton National Historic Site protects the Hampton estate of the prominent Ridgley family of Maryland. The Ridgley family owned the home, the largest private residence in America upon its completion, for seven generations. The site preserves the Georgian home, gardens, and original slave quarters.

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Position Overview: At Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, TTAP participants will assist in the restoration in several of the Fort's buildings. This includes work repairs to deteriorate porch components, fabrication of railings, restoration of sashes, sills, jambs, doors, replacement of broken panes, and reglazing of historic sashes. Through this work, the TTAP participants will learn how do diagnose problems within historic and non-historic fabric and asses the most effective means of repair in line with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation. The participants will learn new woodworking techniques and skills, including the use of both hand and power tools, throughout their internship.

The TTAP participant will also be involved with cleaning and hot waxing bronze monuments. They will be taught how to properly clean a historic monument, conduct a condition assessment, and how to apply both hot and cold wax treatment to aid in the preservation of the monument.

At Hampton National Historic Site, the TTAP participants may be involved with preservation of Hampton's outbuildings, cemetery headstone stabilization, as well as cedar/cypress shingle roof repairs. The participants will be taught how to recognize historic fabric and ensure proper care is taken during the preservation tasks.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.


Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7am to 3:30pm


Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $720/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online


Housing: Park housing is available at no cost for the duration of the term.


Professional Development Funds: The TTAP member will have access to $1,000 of professional development funds that can be used for approved purposes.


Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific training may include OSHA Certification and Historic Preservation Fundamentals courses.




  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
  • Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website



  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a high school diploma and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as construction trades and the use of hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of one or more trade practices, such as masonry, carpentry, roofing, mechanics, and/or painting.
  • Familiarity with construction and craftsmanship.
  • Basic familiarity with common factors in deterioration of buildings and structures.
  • Ability and willingness to use and care for common hand tools and portable or stationary power tools associated with the trade (e.g., hammers, saws, drills, planers, etc.)
  • Deep interest in preserving history.
  • A career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to hike over rough terrain.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 50 lbs., ability to move up to 50 pounds.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate to high noise such gas-powered chainsaws and other hand and power tools.


Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.


Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.


To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Member Coordinator, HPTC Programs, Kyle Ellison at


EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.