Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) is dedicated to the safe preservation and maintenance of national parks or partner facilities by demonstrating outstanding leadership, delivering quality preservation services, and developing educational courses that fulfill the competency requirements of National Park Service employees in career fields of Historic Preservation Skills, Risk Management, Maintenance, and Planning Design and Construction. The HPTC utilizes historic preservation projects as its main vehicle for teaching preservation philosophy, building crafts, building technology, and project management skills.

The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) is seeking a highly motivated, goal oriented and dependable students to serve as a Pathways Student Trainee Laborer to gain valuable experience in preservation trades to support their preservation services and training programs within either the Masonry or Carpentry section . 

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to permanent job (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting greater than 1 year but not to exceed 4 years) in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at

Under this appointment students who successfully complete their educational requirements may or may not be non competitvely converted to a term or permanent.

The appointee must sign a DOI Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.


As a Pathways Student Intern, you will be responsible for basic skills applied to the maintenance, stabilization, restoration, repair, or reconstruction of various historic structures that range widely in historic period, architectural style, construction materials, and existing condition. The position performs a variety of basic tasks supporting work be performed by various trades such as carpentry, masonry, painting, and roofing. The work includes elements of new construction and/or demolition. Typical work assignments include, but are not limited to, carpentry, masonry, painting, or roofing tasks where the incumbent assists with operating and cleaning hand tools and power equipment, loading and unloading materials, manually excavating and moving material (stone, dirt, construction debris) cleaning job sites, using a variety of common hand and light power tools, measuring and mixing materials for use by tradespersons performing work on historic structures. Often the Student Trainee Laborer must safely apply various wood preservative compounds.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No