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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 14th 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.  2019 PHMC Summer Apprenticeships

PHMC and several partner organizations and companies will be offering paid apprentice positions for 12 weeks in the summer of 2019 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.

Interested 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 March 30, 2019.

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

Apprenticeship Positions

*Note additional positions to those listed below may be offered. Please check the PennsylvaniaHistorical and Museum Commission under the “Join Us” heading and look in the internship category for the latest updates on the Apprentice program.

Fairmount Park Conservancy

Location: Philadelphia Metropolitan Area with a focus on Fairmount Park
Wage:  $14 per hour

Position Description:
Apprentice will work under the supervision of the Trust’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: $11 – $12.00 per hour

Position Description:
Apprentice will engage in all aspects of log and timber frame restoration at projects throughout central Pennsylvania. Will be expected to have desire to work with hand tools; work will also include processing antique vintage materials for re-use, which may include some shop / milling work.

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

Frank P. Stroik
(570) 847-9133

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Preservation Construction Section
Location: Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Berks County
Wage: $14 per hour

Position Description:
This apprenticeship will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about historic preservation and the traditional trades through fieldwork, shop work, research and other project work under the supervision of preservation craftsmen.  The areas of work will emphasize historic preservation and traditional carpentry skills but may include historic masonry restoration and other trade disciplines.  PHMC maintains numerous historic buildings at historic sites and museums throughout Pennsylvania.  The apprentices may be engaged in project work at several different sites in South Eastern Pennsylvania. Some carpentry or trades experience is preferred but not required. No housing is provided. Please send a resume and references to the email listed below by 3/1/2019. This position is offered in cooperation with Penn State University.

Daniel Boone Homestead
400 Daniel Boone Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508

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