The historic buildings at Fort Scott National Historic Site are looking good as a result of the efforts of 18 students hired this summer through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
Supervised by Facility Manager Jackie Messer with Carpenter Mike Younggren leading the crew, the STEP participants were tasked with the exterior rehabilitation of three historic structures and construction of 70 period benches to be used for visitor seating. Challenges included working on multi-story structures from scaffolding as high as 35 feet and sweltering summer heat that often reached the 100 degree mark. Their diligent efforts and safety awareness resulted in the project being completed ahead of schedule with no lost time injuries.
Over the past three years the park has utilized the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) to complete rehabilitation projects on nearly all of the parkâs 20 historic structures.
This yearâs crew consists of 10 men and 8 women who are currently enrolled in a number of different universities from around the country. Some of the students have returned for more than one summer to provide a strong basis for continuing excellence. As a result of their experience, several of the students are now considering careers with the National Park Service.