HPP Historic Preservation Intern

Expected Dates
June 3, 2018 to April 13, 2019
Gateway National Recreation Area
Position ID
The selected candidate will work closely with the park’s maintenance carpentry and mason shops in the planning and execution of historic preservation projects throughout the park. The candidate will work with journeyman level mechanics and independently apply knowledge of a variety of trades (heavy equipment operation, carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, masonry, and roofing) to perform repairs, preventive maintenance, and minor construction of historic buildings, structures, and utility systems; use and maintain the tools and equipment of the trades, understand and interpret instructions and specifications of the trades, including blueprints; operate boom lift; follow safe work procedures to prevent damage and harm to equipment, property, self, and others; and interact professionally with other people.
 The candidate will experience a broad range of projects and duties including but not limited to: researching historic buildings, preparation of preservation treatment plans and reports, hands-on preservation carpentry work, and preservation masonry work throughout the park. Candidate will be expected to work in a team environment with other maintenance staff and crews sharing their preservation knowledge and experience in a collaborative setting to plan and complete work. 

Work assignments may include rehabilitation of a Fort Hancock Sergeants Row Buildings, Officers Row Buildings, preservation maintenance on a historic interior fabrics and exterior features such as porches and roofs, and masonry repair of historic front porches. Archival research and preparation of preservation recommendations may also be required. Desired outcomes include preservation and rehabilitation of contributing elements to the Gateway Fort Hancock Historical Landmark District. 

Training and developmental opportunities will include working under supervision and direction of park historical architect, landscape architect, and carpentry shop and building and utilities supervisor. Training opportunities may include first aid/CPR, construction and workplace safety, OSHA lift safety, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Section 106 training. Candidate will participate in monthly interdisciplinary team meetings and be members of the Sandy Hook Maintenance Unit advising on park projects related to NEPA and Section 106 compliance requirements.

Candidate will have opportunities to engage with other park divisions and work groups through regular meetings and projects. Work will be supervised by Buildings and Utilities Supervisor or carpentry shop with on-site work leaders. Mentoring will be provided by historical architect project managers.  
Gateway National Recreation Area frequently hosts volunteer groups and organizations from the local community completing volunteer service projects. Interns may have the opportunity to participate in coordination and leadership of these volunteer groups including public outreach and engagement with local community members and donor groups. 

Gateway Sandy Hook Unit contains Fort Hancock which was constructed in 1898 on Sandy Hook a Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean situated at the mouth of the Hudson Bay.  In addition the peninsula has numerous beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and features a wealth of natural and cultural resources.
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Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.