Support Your Park
Ranger Station Host/Maintenance: (1 position, single or a couple)
Park/Area: WOOD-TIKCHIK STATE PARK, AGULUKPAK RIVER CONTACT STATION
The largest state park in the nation is located in Southwest Alaska and combines 1.6 million acres of rugged mountains, tundra meadows, cirque glaciers, clear mountain lakes, streams, and unparalleled wilderness. The park’s abundant wildlife includes moose, caribou, black and brown bear, wolves, salmon, grayling, rainbow trout, bald eagles, and many species of waterfowl and shorebirds. The park is accessible by boat or float plane from Dillingham.
Main Tasks: This position serves as a representative for Wood-Tikchik State Park while supporting the operation and maintenance of the Agulukpak River Contact Station. Primary duties include maintaining a small tent-only campground, day use sites, the River Trail, and other associated facilities. On a daily basis collect, record and maintain data relating to park visitation, water levels, weather conditions, wildlife sightings, sportfishing activity and other pertinent information. Provide information and assistance to park visitors as necessary and assist the Park Ranger with other projects in the park as needed.
Required Skills: Applicants must possess a strong work ethic and be able to live and work independently or with others in a remote location. Possess an attentiveness of safety first, be in good physical condition, able to lift and carry tools up to 45 lbs. in weight, walk on uneven terrain for short distances, be comfortable as a passenger in a boat or small airplane and have working knowledge of basic hand and power tools. Possession of a current certification in Basic First Aid is encouraged.
Desired Skills: Possess the skills necessary to perform general maintenance around the contact station and campground, perform light carpentry and brush cutting, and maintain a small solar power inverter system. The ability and knowledge to operate a small skiff would be beneficial as a sixteen-foot boat may be available for work related projects and recreational use.
Groceries/Housing/Support: Groceries will be provided on an as needed basis. Housing and cooking facilities are located at the Agulukpak River Contact Station. Volunteer must provide personal sleeping bag, towels, personal items, etc. Volunteer and supplies will be transported from Dillingham to the Contact Station via float plane or boat. A satellite phone will be provided for routine and emergency communication with the park rangers. Transportation: Volunteer must provide own transportation to Dillingham, Alaska. The park will provide transportation to the work site. Training Provided: Orientation training includes basic policies and procedure, brush cutter operation and field maintenance, Bear and Wildlife Safety training including use of bear spray, basic emergency procedures, and satellite phone operation.
Time Commitment: Preference will be given to applicants who can start June 15th and work until September 15th. The volunteer will be situated at the Contact Station during this time without an expectation of being transported out of the field for time off.
Schedule: Volunteer will work a five days per week. The hours worked per day will vary and not exceed 8 hours per day. Volunteer must be available to collect visitor use counts on a daily basis beginning at 0830 hours.
Are you looking for a service project for your office or group? Woo-Tikchik State Park has a program for you. We will work to match you up with an area that you can “adopt”. This program requires a minimum of two visits a year and more is encouraged. We also can provide tools if needed. You can help by picking up litter, doing light maintenance and reporting vandalism.
For more information contact Wood-Tikchik State Park at Phone: 842-2641Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The park also accepts photographic donations of images taken within the park. Signed releases are required from all human photo subjects. Disks of photos and photo releases may be mailed to: Wood-Tikchik State Park Please. Be sure to send the titles and approximate location of all images. Photos donated to Alaska State Parks will become property of the State of Alaska. Efforts will be made to credit the photographer.
The Park gratefully accepts financial donations. Checks may be made out to Wood-Tikchik State Park and mailed to:
Wood-Tikchik State Park
PO BOX 1822
Dillingham, AK 99576
Please specify that you intend to make a donation to the park. Unless otherwise specified, donations are put to the highest priority of the park as determined by the administration.