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El Morro National Monument- Traditional Trades Advancement Program Individual Placement


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NM-53, Ramah, New Mexico

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Title: El Morro National Monument - Traditional Trades Advancement Program Individual Placement

Dates:  May 2024-November 2024

Stipend: $600 weekly living stipend + $120 weekly housing allowance

Term: 26 weeks – Full time (40 hours a week)

Reports To:  National Park Service, El Morro National Monument's Historic Preservation Division - Eric Weaver 

Location: 123 E Roosevelt Ave, Grants NM 87020 (Headquarters)

Status: 900-hour AmeriCorp Service Term

Housing: NOT provided 

Open Positions: 1

Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,447.50 after successful completion of service term, professional development funds available and paid professional development opportunity to travel to Historic Preservation Training in Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming (July 1-5).

Public Land Corp Hiring Authority Eligible. 



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 has offices in Acoma, Albuquerque, Gallup (Navajo Nation), Zuni, and Hopi. Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps serves local Indigenous communities in the regions we operate. 


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.



Indian Youth Service Corps Mission:

The Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) is a new Department of Interior (DOI) program within the Public Land Corps initiative to provide opportunities for Native American youth to engage in public service, perform meaningful conservation projects on federal and Tribal lands, and stimulate interest in conservation-related careers. The IYSC is designed to be a collaborative program that provides shared benefits to program participants, tribes, federal and tribal land partners, and to the general public.

The Historic Preservation Training Center’s Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) is excited to offer an IYSC component to its program to provide indigenous youth quality hands-on experience in the preservation and maintenance of historic resources of cultural importance to indigenous peoples on National Park Service sites.


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 El Morro, El Malpais National Monument. Members will receive introductory training in preservation masonry 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:

The goals of the outlined projects are to inspire youth to embrace the ethos of public lands conservation and stewardship. It also serves the National Park Service's long-term goals of expanding opportunities to underserved communities to better connect youth with ancestral lands now managed by the NPS. The work experiences, mentorship, educational and recreational opportunities will strengthen and deepen connections between the service members, El Morro, and public lands that are culturally important to traditional Native American communities surrounding the monument. These projects will inspire the next generation of historic preservation workers and supervisors that can serve the NPS and their local communities where many of the most important historic sites and structures in New Mexico are found.


Essential functions and responsibilities:

The intern will have masonry focused projects that include: dry stone masonry, wet stone masonry, stone shaping, and plastering. General maintenance on the monument grounds will also be include in the project duties outlined.


1) Atsinna Pueblo preservation work

·         Work with Historic Preservation Division crew to repoint and repair masonry at the Atsinna Pueblo

·         Repointing / tuck pointing using natural and amended mortar

·         Replacement of stone as needed

·         Documentation of work - pictures and notes/reports


2) Gutter Installation

·         Learn how to work with copper sheet metal, and to record the work

·         Shadow Historic Preservation Division crew on gutter installation

·         Documentation of work - pictures/notes


3) Installation of curbing stones

·         Hauling stone material by wheel barrow

·         Shaping stones with support of Historic Preservation Division crew

·         Dry laying curbing for Headlands Trail Project



4) Administration Building Maintenance

·         Learn how to refurbish historic structure features such as floors and doors

·         Shadow Historic Preservation Division crew on how to refurbish historic structure

·         Documentation of work - pictures/notes

Required Skills

Minimum requirements:

  • Driver's License with a clean driving record within the last 3 years
  • 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, and/or be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work 8-10 hour days in various conditions
  • Ability to hike rough, uneven terrain
  • Ability to work with power tools and hand tools
  • 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

Required Experience

  • Any experience or education in relative fields (not required)
  • Seeking committed individuals


To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest/cover letter along with your online application.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Ancestral Lands Individual Placements Program Coordinator, Kiana Etsate-Gashytewa at 

This position is located at NM-53, Ramah, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.