The SCA is a national non-profit changing lives through hands-on conservation work in the outdoors. Our program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces at various locations across the country. After a summer working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills.

The SCA partners with the National Park Service to host the Traditional Trades Advancement Program which provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training through an intensive learning-while-working experience at various National Park Service sites across the country. The program aims to build the next generation of historic trades workers to continue the important work of preserving the historic resources and crucial infrastructure of national park sites.

Every year, aspiring preservationists are placed at national parks across the country to preserve cultural resources and crucial infrastructure. Participants work on an array of preservation techniques including:

  • Repairing historic window sashes
  • Replacing perimeter capstones on a revolutionary era fort
  • Removing old mortar and pointed walls
  • Stabilizing historic barn foundations
  • Waxing and treating bronze monuments
  • Restoring historic viewsheds

Current Opportunities

New opportunities will be available in January 2024. Please contact Janina Peppers with any questions or for more information.