Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (20-weeks)
Application Deadline: July 2, 2020 

Created through a unique partnership between the National Park Service and Groundwork USA, the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program is a 5-month, paid apprenticeship where you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to enter the construction trades industry while leaving your mark on history by preserving structures in our national parks. We have positions open at two sites:

  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve near Jacksonville, Florida
  • Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park near Fredericksburg, Virginia. 


Why Participate? 

  • Gain skills essential to building a career in construction trades – historic preservation, job site safety skills, material handling, safe handling of hand and power tools, project management, construction drawing and math, industry standards and procedures, and more.
  • Earn $16/hour while you learn. You’ll be paid (bi-monthly) for the full 20 weeks of training.
  • Complete your OSHA 10 course and receive your work-site safety card (needed for work at construction sites).
  • Receive Public Land Corps status for two years that can be used for securing employment with the federal government (check out for examples).


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Young adults aged 18-30 (Veterans to age 35 with Honorable Discharge). Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to provide own transportation to job site. (No onsite housing available).
  • Must be a United States citizen or legal resident. You must be able to communicate in and read English.
  • No minimum education requirement, but you must pass a basic reading and math test).
  • Career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation. No experience required.
  • Comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions at heights, willing to work hard and get dirty, loves the outdoors and working with their hands. Some days may be 10 hours long.
  • Able to commit to the full five-month experience (July – November)
  • Flexibility to work outside of traditional hours may be required.
  • Be substance-free in accordance with a drug-free workplace, pass a criminal history check as prescribed by the Serve America Act, adhere to safety requirements and expectations. In addition, you’ll need to complete Groundwork USA requirements (turn in timesheets, complete reports and forms, etc.).


See full job posting for additional details and site-specific requirements. 


Apply now

Application deadline: July 2, 2020

Have questions:
Contact Curt Collier, (914) 648-0009, or Joseph Leyba



Executive Director, Groundwork Atlanta 


Groundwork Atlanta (GWATL) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the non-profit organization, which works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental projects that improve communities and quality of life in Atlanta. Learn more about us at:

The Executive Director will serve collaboratively with and subject to strategic guidance from the GWATL Board of Directors and lead the organization in sustaining and further developing projects and programs in the following areas:

  • Places – planning and implementing improvement of underutilized and underserved sites with a focus on brownfields, sustainable community-oriented redevelopment, and expansion and enhancement of public spaces
  • People – engaging a diversity of community members, especially young people, in positively impacting their surroundings while working collaboratively with non-profit, business, and government organization representatives
  • Water – protecting and improving the health and quality of urban waters, including Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River, through improved access, amenities, and application of best management practices
  • Food – increasing the availability and accessibility of land for food production through technical support services for urban growers
  • Connections – helping to establish safer and more complete networks for travel of all types, including walking, cycling, and public transit


Job Duties:

Fundraising, Administration, and Financial Management

  • Raise at least $200,000 in revenue per year from a variety of sources
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward organizational and individual donors
  • Write and prepare required materials for grants submissions
  • Develop, track, manage, and report on budget
  • Manage organization financials and reporting

Community Outreach and Public Relations

  • Develop relationships with community groups, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, and the philanthropic community
  • Promote Groundwork Atlanta and its programs and projects through appropriate media, including traditional and social media outlets
  • Travel regularly within the Atlanta area to work on projects and programs and cultivate partners and donors
  • Collaborate with Groundwork USA and other Groundwork Trusts, including through attendance at Groundwork USA annual and special meetings

Program and Project Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

  • Sustain, develop, promote, and manage programs and projects
  • Balance program and project investment with funding opportunities
  • Track and measure results, evaluate, and adjust

Organizational Development, Management, and Leadership

  • Recruit, select and train new staff members and volunteers
  • Provide development, support, and leadership to direct reports and volunteers
  • Delegate responsibilities and oversee organizational performance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years of relevant work experience
  • Fundraising and Communication Skills
  • Demonstrated experience with fund-raising, including but not limited to government and foundation grants, major gifts, annual giving, special events, and donor stewardship and recognition
  • Excellent communication skills to listen, understand, and speak clearly in order to connect with, inspire, and persuade others
  • Superior writing, editing, and research skills
  • Experience building relationships among diverse groups, including youth, community members, business leaders, government and elected officials
  • Administrative and Financial Management Skills
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with the Board of Directors, Groundwork USA, other Groundwork Trusts, the National Park Service, the EPA, and local partners
  • Demonstrated success in planning and implementing programs, projects, and events
  • Strong organizational skills, resourcefulness, entrepreneurial orientation, and the ability to manage a small office via administration, financial management, human resources, website management, and communications
  • Experience with short-term and long-term strategic planning

Read the full Job Description. 

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To ensure that your application is given full consideration, email a cover letter and resume with “ED Application” and your name in the subject line to by May 29, 2020.

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.