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Facilities Assistant

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

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Volunteer is responsible for assisting staff to enhance the visitor experience through buildings and grounds maintenance. This may include a variety of hands on tasks related to janitorial, grounds keeping, carpentry, roads, fences, and general interior and exterior facilities maintenance. Experience, skills, and training needs will be assessed by qualified NPS staff.

Major Duties:

  • Performs a variety of minor building and structural maintenance work such as preparing, and painting of interior and exterior surfaces, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repairs.
  • Moves furniture, removes and sets signs, and upkeeps park grounds, which may involve picking up litter or gardening. As skills, experience, or training are appropriate, may operate mowers and weed trimmers, small gas and electric power tools. Some tasks require prior certification in use of specialized equipment.
  • Assist NPS staff with general building maintenance and custodial work throughout park. Tasks may require the operation of sweepers, vacuums, floor polishers, and other mechanical and hand janitorial equipment.
  • As skills and experience are appropriate, may assist with a variety of carpentry projects including, but not limited to: installing, and/or restoring wooden structures in buildings or on trains; designing, fabricating, and installing cabinets, shelving, fitted furniture, drywall, or wooden sign restoration; adding fixtures and fittings such as door handles, locks, hinges, and closures.
  • Reading blueprints and designs to work to specifications prepared by other construction professionals, architects, and building code requirements.
  • Reproduction of historic hardware with use of epoxies and other wood construction to repair, restore, or reconstruct interiors/exteriors of steam locomotive structures listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Tasks are generally performed under close supervision. A periodic review of the work accomplished is made by the volunteer's supervisor on a task-by-task basis to ensure compliance with performance and activity standards. Assignments involve a need to make decisions which affect the quality and adequacy of the work performed. Accepted trade practices and procedures must be followed in accordance with NPS and Steamtown NHS directives, standards, manuals, and trade guidelines. Work is evaluated for efficiency and compliance with established policies, procedures, and instruction pertinent to moving equipment.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed both inside and outside. Volunteer may be continuously exposed to potentially hazardous and unpleasant worksite conditions as: fumes, vibrations, excessive noise, flying particles, moving parts of machines, welding flash, dust, dirt, and grime.
  • Work is performed on-site, on a variety of conditions (see above) and structures. The work is often very dirty or of a nature that may require special personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, safety toe shoes, respirators, eye and ear protection, clothing, etc.
  • Climatic conditions are considered to be moderate to extreme, ranging from extreme cold to extreme heat, high humidity, rain or snow, and high winds. Exposure to temperatures vary from 0° - 90° Fahrenheit.

Start Date - 2024-01-02

End Date - 2024-09-30

Activities include: Construction/Maintenance;General Assistance;Historical Preservation;Other;Pest/Disease Control;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: No Housing/Amenities Available

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About National Park Service


1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240, US

Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


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