EYNF Heritage Conservation Crew

Expected Dates
September 9, 2019 to July 19, 2020
El Yunque National Forest
Position ID
SCA historic restoration interns deployed at El Yunque National Forest will be involved in historic restoration tasks on Historic Properties dating to the Civilian Conservation Corp Era, as well as a couple of archaeological sites.
Work will involve basic maintenance of properties, including but not limited to debris removal, graffiti removal, cleaning, washing, and vegetation removal. Restoration work will also include restoration of wooden floors, ceilings and walls, restoration or reconstruction of wooden doors, windows, and frames, stabilization of concrete and masonry structures, restoration of damages to structural fabric of structures, resurfacing of worn surfaces, restoration of joining mortar, removal of non-contributing features properties fabrics such as modern stucco or tiles, restoration of historic trail features such as waterbars, stone steps and French drains.
Interns might also be involved in the modernizing of historic properties to be more energy efficient, or adapting them to make them more accessible to the visiting public.
Work might also involve stabilization of prehistoric sites to prevent further erosion in the resource area.
Work will be divided between 15 properties, nine CCC era trails and four historic roads.

Tag: SCA1957
  • El Yunque National Forest, is located 25 miles southeast of the capital (San Juan). It is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Originally set aside in 1876 by the Spanish Crown, the Forest represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. El Yunque N.F. is the rainiest of all the National Forests with up to 200 inches per year. More than 100 billion gallons of rainwater fall on the Forest per year. The climate is frost-free and ranges in moisture from semi-desert to rain forest conditions within very short distances. There are strong easterly trade winds and cool weather is normal at the higher elevations. El Yunque is part of the Luquillo range and is divided into four forest types: Tabonuco Forest, Palo Colorado Forest, Palma Sierra Forest, and Cloud Forest. El Yunque has a variety of cultural resources including a Civilian Conservation Corps era recreation area listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as a large variety of prehistoric rock art sites scattered throughout the forest.
  • Training in historic preservation, National Historic Preservation Act compliance, Archaeological survey, report drafting, NEPA compliance, etc.
  • Puerto Rico is a tropical island with a variety of recreation and water sports opportunities scattered around the island.
    This includes diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, etc.
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Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
graduate candidate or degree
graduate candidate or degree
graduate candidate or degree
Field Research
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision