Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP)

TTAP Apprentice
TTAP Apprentice
TTAP Apprentice
TTAP Apprentice
TTAP Apprentice
TTAP Apprentice

About TTAP

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training during an intensive five-month learning-while-working experience. TTAP allows the important work of preserving the cultural resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites to be passed onto the next generation in a time when many employment fields are becoming obsolete through mechanization. Traditional trades in their modern form require much of the same materials, tools, ingenuity, skills, and hard work that have been required for generations and can never be replaced.

Please see NPS answered frequently-asked-questions here midway down their page.
In addition to the amazing opportunity to serve your community, live within a National Park Unit (most opportunities offer on-site housing), and learn new skills while restoring important historical resources:

  • Interactive skills development courses and professional certifications are offered
  • Invaluable connections are made with trades craftsman and preservationists as well as peer TTAP participants 
  • Living allowance provided
  • AmeriCorps Education Award (~$2400)
Ideal Candidate
  • No prior experience required
  • Six-month commitment (24 weeks)
  • Requires at least two consecutive weeks of traveling for training
  • You will be getting dirty and working hard, in both indoor and outdoor environments.  Some days the work will be physically demanding.
  • Requires a full commitment to meet all program requirements
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