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Aztec Ruins National Monument - Traditional Trades Advancement Program Individual Placements


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725 Ruins Rd, Aztec, New Mexico

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Title: Aztec Ruins National Monument - Traditional Trades Advancement Program Individual Placements

Dates:   04/10/2023 - 10/06/2023

Stipend: $18/hours, 40 hour work weeks

Term: 26 weeks (6 months), full time

Reports To:  National Park Service, Aztec Ruins National Monument

Location: 725 Ruins Rd Aztec NM 87410

Status: Non AmeriCorps internships

Housing:  No housing available

Open Positions: 2 Aztec Ruins National Monument TTAP Individual Placements

Benefits:  Professional development opportunities, opportunities to travel to Historic Preservation Training in Frederick MD or Grand Tet. Interns will receive the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority. Health Insurance will be offered through Conservation Legacy to the selected individuals.



Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps’ (ALCC) Mission

It is the mission of the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps to lead our nations back to cultural and ecological well being.  The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps is specifically designed to engage Native American youth and young adults. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.



National Park Service Mission:

Our Mission The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.


The National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center are seeking individuals to participate in the Traditional Trades Advancement  Program (TTAP) at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Members will receive introductory training in a variety of traditional trades and will develop an understanding of historic resource stewardship while helping to preserve our nation’s historic resources. This program provides participants with marketable skills and excellent exposure to the historic preservation career field within the NPS as well as the private sector.


ALCC Traditional Trades Advancement Program Individual Placements (IP) Overview:

This internship position will work primarily with the historic preservation masonry team to focus on the preservation of Aztec Ruins National Monument. This location is Northern New Mexico within a 2 miles from the town of Aztec, New Mexico.


The ancestral dwellings date back from the late 1000s to the late 1200s, people known as the ancestral Puebloans planned and built this settlement. It included large public buildings, smaller structures, earthworks, and ceremonial buildings. The high integrity and importance of the site were globally recognized in 1987 when Aztec Ruins National Monument, along with Chaco Culture National Historical Park, were together designated as a World Heritage Site.


Essential functions and responsibilities:

Masonry focused projects that include: dry stone masonry, wet stone masonry, stone shaping, and plastering. General maintenance on the monument grounds and Great Kiva.


1) General Ruins preservation work

  • Work with Historic Preservation Division crew to repoint and repair masonry at the Aztec ruins
  • Repointing / tuck pointing using natural and amended mortar
  • Replacement of stone as needed
  • Documentation of work - pictures and notes/reports

2) General Maintenance of Ruins

  • Vegetation removal 
  • Water run-off management
  • Litter clean-up
  • Trail maintenance
  • Fill and soil Stabilization

3) Great Kiva Crack repair

  • Remove cracked plaster
  • Reset and replace defective stone
  • Plastering
  • Painting



Required Skills

Minimum requirements:

  • Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including, lifting, or handling of objects over 50lbs using proper techniques.
  • Standing or kneeling for long periods and will be required to climb ladders, work from scaffolding or platforms, work on uneven or angled surfaces such as a roof, and/or be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work 8-10 hour days in various conditions
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Positive Attitude
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass required background checks 
  • Must be 18-30 years of age, maximum 35 for Veterans with DD-214
  • Driver's License with a clean driving record within the last 3 years

This position is located at 725 Ruins Rd, Aztec, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.