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NPS Historic Preservation Training Center-Historic Stewards Fort Vancouver Shop Millwork Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Fort Vancouver, Washington

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NPS Historic Preservation Training Center-Historic Stewards Fort Vancouver Shop Millwork Intern


Term of positions is 12 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Fort Vancouver, WA

Living Allowance:


Start Date:

Mid-Late June 2024

Application Due Date:

Please apply at will, actively looking to fill the position

Title of Position

Historic Stewards Fort Vancouver Shop Millwork Intern


*This position is classified as a DHA (Direct Hiring Authority) Internship. Applicants must be a current student enrolled in an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institute of higher education. Applicant must successfully complete the internship and graduate from their degree program to receive DHA eligibility status.


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placements (SIP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.


Historic structures and features in our national parks are constantly in need of thoughtful and careful preservation, repair, and maintenance.  By assisting and working alongside HPTC on these preservation projects the Intern will directly improve the physical conditions of a nationally significant park space that is accessed and enjoyed by thousands of visitors a year.


The participant will benefit by gaining training in preservation craft skills, learning basic safety standards in a variety of work environments, and being introduced to general preservation principals and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.  The outcome of each interns efforts will be the improvement of a variety of historic structures and making them more enjoyable and accessible to the public.


Each project undertaking by HPTC directly benefits the Historic Built Environment of Cultural Sites of which many are on listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Each project will provide an opportunity to directly impact the availability of these resources for future generations and directly fulfills the mission of the National Park Service. 



Position Projects:

The intern selected for this position will work with Historic Preservation Training Center Staff in our Vancouver, Washington shop working on historic window sash, doors and other millwork projects. Position will involve using shop equipment to mill historically compatible wood replacement pieces as well as glazing and painting of window sash, doors, and other wood elements. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including occasional lifting or handling of objects over 75lbs 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 stoop, bend, kneel, climb and walk in all manners of environmental conditions such as rain, mud, and extreme heat or cold.
  • Interest in carpentry or historic preservation 
  • Driver’s License 
  • Personal transportation will be required to report to job site
  • United States citizen or legal resident


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in carpentry or construction is preferred, but not required. 
  • Open to current students of historic preservation programs, previous TTAP members, and other applicants with background education or experience in historic trades
  • Ability to commit to a 12-week experience of combined training and hands-on work
  • Flexibility to work outside of traditional hours may be required



  • Living Allowance: $18/hr (pre-tax)
  • Monthly housing stipend may be provided to qualified applicants.
  • $500 professional development stipend.
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Eligibility - must meet 640 hours of service. (only available for those 18-30 years of age, maximum 35 years old for Veterans with valid DD-214)
  • Direct Hire Authority Eligibility- This position is classified as a DHA (Direct Hiring Authority) Internship. DHA positions target exceptional, current undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Opportunity to learn trade secrets from master craftsmen


Please be prepared to upload a resume as part of this application. 


For More Information: 

Gwennan Richmond

Stewards Program Coordinator


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

This position is located in Fort Vancouver, WA. View the Google Map in full screen.