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Summer apprenticeships

Become part of a large and growing sector of the construction industry preserving Pennsylvania's treasured historic buildings.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is sponsoring its 12th annual summer apprenticeship program to introduce students and recent graduates of post-secondary trade schools, technical colleges and other training programs and others with building trades experience, to the preservation and traditional building trades needed to preserve Pennsylvania's historic places.

PHMC and several partner organizations and companies will be offering paid apprentice positions for 12 weeks in the summer of 2017 at locations throughout Pennsylvania. The apprenticeships will include a free training program with an introductory one-day seminar in historic preservation and two days of hands-on training by master craftsmen in various preservation and traditional trade skills.

Students should review the list of positions below and contact the representative for those they are interested in for more information or to schedule an interview. All hiring decisions are the responsibility of the company or institution hosting the individual apprenticeship. The hiring period will end on April 30th 2017.

For general information on the program contact Joe Lauver, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, by phone at 717-787-6242, FAX at 717-214-2988 or email at

Division of Architecture and Preservation
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Room N118
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0053

Summer 2017 Positions

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Location: Philadelphia Metropolitan Area with a focus on Fairmount Park
Wage: $14.00 / hour

Position Description:
Apprentice will work under the supervision of the Conservancy's team of architectural conservators and preservationists to perform a variety of preservation carpentry projects including: window sash and jamb repairs, shutter repairs, flooring and porch repairs. The apprentice will also perform masonry repairs including: re-pointing stone, brick and patching and cleaning stone. Apprentice will assist staff with painting and other general preservation maintenance activities. The apprentice will have the opportunity to work with National Historic Landmark buildings and many other architecturally significant structures located throughout Fairmount Park.

Fairmount Park Conservancy
Thomas Mansion
6345 Wissahickon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Lucy Strackhouse, Senior Director

Historical Restorations

Location: Kreamer, Snyder County (project locations throughout central PA)
Wage: $10.00 - 11.00 / hour

Position Description:
Apprentice will engage in all aspects of log and timber frame restoration at projects throughout central Pennsylvania.

The Country Homestead / Historic Restorations
P.O. Box 188
Kreamer, PA 17833

Frank P.Stroik
(570) 374-7122

Mara Restoration, Inc.

Location: Oreland, southeastern PA
Wage: $14.00 - $16.00 / hour

Position Description:
Apprentices will work on a diverse range of masonry restoration projects including re-pointing, and stone and brick facade restorations.

Stephen Weihing
Mara Restoration, Inc.
150 Roesch Avenue
Oreland, PA 19075

Tel: (215) 887-9900
Fax: (215) 887-9903
Cell: (215) 631-2038

PA Historical and Museum Commission, Preservation Construction Section

Location: Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Berks County
Wage: $14.00 / hour

Position Description:
This apprenticeship will provide an opportunity for apprentices to learn about historic preservation and the traditional trades through fieldwork, shop work, research and other project work under the supervision of master preservation craftsmen. The areas of work will emphasize historic preservation and traditional carpentry skills, but may include historic masonry restoration and other trades. PHMC maintains a number of historic buildings at historic sites and museums throughout Pennsylvania. The apprentices will be engaged in project work at several sites.

Daniel Boone Homestead
400 Daniel Boone Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508

Rob Coates, Preservation Construction Specialist
(610) 404-0393