Conservation Begins Here.

C&O Canal National Historic Park Towpath Crew – Hancock, MD
Expected Dates
September 12, 2022 to March 10, 2023
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Position ID

Program Dates: 9/12/22 – 3/10/23

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 3:30 pm (A Week)
  • Monday – Thursday 6:00 am – 3:30 pm, Friday off (B Week)

Pay Rate: Weekly allowance: $550


Transportation and Site Locations: Members must provide their own transportation to and from the maintenance shop at the Hancock, Maryland site. The Hancock shop is located at; 441 East Main Street Hancock, MD.

Position Description: Members will support the C&O Canal maintenance staff with routine daily activities along the towpath. This crew will be based out of the Hancock maintenance shop. The two members will work alongside an SCA crew leader. Primarily, this project requires SCA members to remove vegetation from historic stone culverts, locks, flumes, abutments, walls, and any other historic stone structure within the park boundaries that the NPS deems the need for vegetation removal. This crew will assist the NPS staff with the removal of fallen trees in the park and along the towpath. In addition, members will support projects related to carpentry, masonry, and GIS mapping. If members do not already have basic first aid and CPR training, they will receive this training during the program.  Members of this crew may receive chainsaw certification- dependent upon the capacity of NPS staff to host the training.

If the position is successfully completed, member will earn the Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority giving them eligibility to apply to merit vacancy announcements within the Federal Government for two years.

Once you have submitted your application and at least two references, please email to confirm your application has been received.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Per CDC guidance, up to date vaccination now includes all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when indicated. For example, if someone has completed the primary series but is not yet indicated for a booster shot, they are considered up to date. Once a person is indicated for a booster (6 months after Pfizer or Moderna primary series, 2 months after J&J primary series), full and up-to-date vaccination includes the completed booster shot. Visit the following website for more information:


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