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Historical Preservation Intern
Ref No.: 20-00043
Location: International Falls, Minnesota
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 09/01/2020
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour

The Traditional Trades Apprenticeship 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.

Project Goals and Objectives:
The goal of this project is to recruit and train local youth to gain important personal, professional, and vocational skills. The objective of this project is to work with the Voyageurs National Park facilities team repair and rehabilitate multiple historical structures throughout the Park.

Project Tasks:

  • Interns will assist with the rehabilitation of the 1910 Kettle Falls Dam Tenders Cabin.
  • Interns will replace roofing of the Ingersoll Estates Boat House.
  • Interns will assist with painting five buildings located within the Historical Kabetogama Ranger District.
  • All tools and equipment issued to and used by the interns will be returned the park in the same condition received except for normal wear and tear.
  • Interns may also be required to perform additional duties as directed.

Applicant must have the ability to construct and repair building structures made from wood and other materials. It is essential that applicants have strong communication skills (written and oral), strong work ethic and the ability to work independently. You must be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment with attention to detail. The intern must be trustworthy, dependable and willing to work with people of different perspectives. Finally, you must have great organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.

Additional qualifications:

  • Must be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Requirements:
This position requires indoor and outdoor work. The interns will be required to ride along in a park boat to work on the islands. The work involves frequent on-site field work requiring some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, and uneven terrain; bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, lifting or similar activities. Outdoor work may involve extreme temperatures and exposure to biting insects.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
The intern must be 18 and have a valid state driver's license in order to be able to drive government vehicles. It is recommended that you have a personal vehicle. Dependable transportation to and from the Park is required.

Participant Benefits:

  • $15/hour 
  • 20 weeks (full-time)
  • Monthly travel stipend
  • Eligibility for a noncompetitive hiring authority certificate
Questions? Email Eboni Preston at