Jumpstart Your Conservation Career

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Discover Your Conservation Career Path Through Maintenance Positions

If you’d like to embark on a conservation career path, an ideal way to get your foot in the door is through a maintenance position playing a vital role in preserving cultural resources and protecting critical infrastructure. This includes the National Park Service’s Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP). The program is designed to provide those interested in preservation – especially those underrepresented in the trades – with on-the-job training through a 26-week immersive program.

TTAP participants work alongside experienced NPS professionals and learn trades such as masonry, carpentry, monuments and wood crafting. This hands-on experience provides an ideal entry point into career opportunities benefiting our national parks and public spaces. Along with developing valuable trade skills, these positions may open doors to a career within the NPS.

It is estimated that 40% of the maintenance workforce in the National Park Service are eligible to retire in the next five years. Following the successful completion of the program, participants receive Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority enabling them to pursue positions in federal agencies. Skills gained also translate into private sector positions in construction trades, design, and engineering.

If you’re not familiar with the advantages associated with federal agency jobs, read our article, “10 Reasons to Consider Federal Agency Positions.”

Through TTAP you’ll enjoy working in beautiful places and making a positive impact all while learning career-building skills. What are you waiting for? View our EPIC openings including any open TTAP positions on our EPIC Job Board.

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