Historic Preservation in Public Lands



Program Dates:
February 21 - December 17, 2021

2021 Historic Preservation in Public Lands Corps

Are you looking for the opportunity to learn hands-on preservation skills while building your professional resume and serving in State and National Parks? The 2021 Historic Preservation Corps is a unique program based in Massachusetts that offers participants training and experience in several historic preservation and maintenance fields including carpentry, window restoration, historic trail-side structure restoration, masonry, landscaping, painting, and more! The National Parks of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, (Boston Harbor Now), and the Student Conservation Association have partnered together to create an unforgettable 10-month experience for young adults, age 18 - 27, in the Greater Boston area.

AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements:

  • US Citizen, National, Lawful Permanent Resident, and persons legally residing in a state
  • Must be able to pass a national service criminal history check
  • Must be 18 years or older

Program Description:

The MA Historic Preservation Corps is a 10-month program that runs February 21 through December 17, 2021. The program’s home base is located just south of Boston, MA and project sites are scattered throughout the Greater Boston area and across the commonwealth. Training and projects focus on hands-on historic preservation and maintenance skills. Members can expect to serve 42-45 hours weekly with federal holidays off. Members serve daily in small crews of four at either our home base, the Boston Harbor Islands, the Charlestown Navy Yard or project sites in central or Western Massachusetts. Some projects will require camping and members should expect to camp for at least two consecutive nights during the program.


Member health and safety are a priority for this program. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, members should anticipate at least two weeks of virtual training at the beginning of the program. Virtual training will include Program Orientation, OSHA 10, Lead RRP, and others that do not require hands-on instruction. Additionally, as long as Covid-19 is a threat, members are expected to do their part to keep their team safe, this includes being mindful of current regulations, regular cleaning and disinfection of tools and equipment, and regular health check ins with staff.



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Program Benefits

  • $480 Weekly living allowance
  • $6195 Segal Education Award at the end of completed service term
  • SNAP eligibility
  • Health insurance and Childcare assistance available
  • Professional Certifications including OSHA 10, Wilderness First Aid, Lead Safe Renovator, and more!
  • Preservation training in carpentry, masonry, landscaping, and more!
  • The opportunity to serve in State and National Parks in Boston and throughout Massachusetts

Training Opportunities:

  • OSHA 10 - General Industry
  • Lead Safe Renovator
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR
  • Foundations of Historic Preservation (theory and documentation)
  • Masonry & Repointing
  • Carpentry & Shop basics
  • Window Restoration
  • National Interpretation Association - Certified Interpretive Host
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Levels 1 & 2
  • Leadership, resume building, and other professional development opportunities

Essential Functions and Position Requirements:

  • Ability to commute to specified locations in Boston daily 
  • Ability to serve with others on a team 
  • Interest in historic preservation and building skills in preservation maintenance, including: carpentry, painting, masonry, window restoration, and other preservation maintenance tasks.  
  • Must be willing to learn how to use hand tools and power tools to complete projects 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. & walk/hike 2 miles 
  • Must be able to serve in diverse situations and outdoor environments 
  • Willingness to camp for up to 2 consecutive nights for some projects 
  • All participants must commit to following all program and state mandated Covid-19 safety guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing a mask for all service and group activities, taking extra time to sanitize tools and equipment, and notifying supervisors when a member is not feeling well.

Potential candidates must be able to fulfill the above requirements in order to be considered for this position. In addition, it is recommended that applicants have a strong interest in history, preservation, preservation maintenance skills, archaeology, museum studies, or related fields. Experience or education in any of these fields is not required to be considered! Before applying, applicants are encouraged to reflect on the concept of Service. This is an AmeriCorps position - not a typical job - and requires a commitment to not only serving in public lands and historic sites but also committing to a team and experience as a whole. Members of the Historic Preservation Corps should expect to meet regularly, reflect on their service, and contribute to the team-building process.

Local Greater Boston residents are encouraged to apply. Current residency in Greater Boston is not required and national applicants are encouraged to research the cost of living in the Greater Boston area before making the decision to join the corps. Staff and Program Partners will make every effort to create an inclusive and equitable program experience for all corps members; this includes support in finding resources for housing, food assistance, and commuting.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service.

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. It is firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

Please reach out to Nina at [email protected] if you have any questions about the position or application process!