American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • San Juan, San Juan, PRI
  • Individual Placement
  • TTAP

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking 2 Members to contribute to a variety of historic preservation projects alongside San Juan maintenance staff.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation. No background or previous experience in construction or historic preservation required. Training for all tools and activities will be provided by park staff professionals.

*Local Residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico, or nearby within commuting distance are strongly encouraged to apply*

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

For more information about TTAP, please visit https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/traditional-trades-apprenticeship-program.htm

Start Date: early 2022

End Date: 20 weeks after start date

*a 20-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: San Juan National Historic Site (SAJU)

San Juan National Historic Site includes Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal, most of the city walls, the San Juan Gate and Fort San Juan de la Cruz just across the entrance to the bay. Puerto Rico is the easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico is the first major island with freshwater, food, shelter, and supplies like wood that sailors could reach coming to the New World from Europe, by sea. Shortly after the Spaniards settled here, they discovered that the bigger territories in Mexico, Central and South America were full of treasures like gold, silver and gems. Spain pursued these riches and built military fortifications in San Juan to establish Puerto Rico as the "front door" to expansive Spanish colonies in the "New World."

During the 16th century, Spain quickly became a major world power largely because of the strategically located island of Puerto Rico. That's why Spain spent over 250 years fortifying this prized location. It's no wonder why Spain vigorously protected and kept Puerto Rico under its control for nearly 400 years. At one time, nearly 3 miles of city walls surrounded and protected the city of Old San Juan. Now SAJU protects and interprets colonial-era forts such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro, bastions, powder houses, and approximately three fourths of the old city wall.

In 1983 the park unit was designated a World Heritage Site because of its outstanding, universal cultural value. There are few national park units that are World Heritage Sites.

For more information about San Juan National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/saju

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $599/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award $2,417.14 upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.

Scheduling: Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 3pm is the designated project schedule, with 30 minutes for lunch (May be subject to change.)

Position Description: Duties will be focused on the following preservation projects, and distribution will be approximately:

~70% spent with masonry duties (maintenance division)

~30% spent with artillery conservation duties (cultural resources division)


  1. Perform Conservation Treatment of Park Artillery (cannons)
  2. Remove Vegetation from Historic Masonry Surfaces
  3. Remove Biological Growth and Re-patch Historic, Fortified Walls
  4. Repair and Restore Sentry Boxes in San Felipe del Morro
  5. Santo Domingo Vegetation Removal
  6. Repair Masonry, Brick, and Stone Walls and Paint Casemates
  7. Preserve Santa Elena and San Agustin Bastions
  8. Repair and Restore El Morro Southeast 17th Century Wall

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.

Qualifications:

*Local Residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico are strongly encouraged to apply*

Required

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred Skills:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a high school diploma and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as construction trades, use of hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of one or more trade practices, such as masonry, carpentry, roofing, mechanics, and/or painting.
  • Familiarity with construction and craftsmanship.
  • Basic familiarity with common factors in deterioration of buildings and structures.
  • Ability and willingness to use and care for common hand tools and portable or stationary power tools associated with the trade (e.g., hammers, saws, drills, planers, etc.)
  • Deep interest in preserving history.
  • A career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation.
  • Is comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions and at heights.
  • Have a willingness to work hard and get dirty.
  • Have a serious attitude toward safety all day, every day.
  • Have the ability to think critically and creatively.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Member Coordinator, Bianca Wahkinney at bwahkinney@usaconservation.org.

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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