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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Campground Host Positions

Chugach Region


Chugach Area Office

18620 Seward Hwy.
Anchorage, AK 99516
phone: (907) 345-5014
fax: (907) 345-6982
email: csp@alaska.gov

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The following host positions are all located within Chugach State Park. The half million acres of Chugach are mostly wilderness with rugged mountains, sweeping glaciers, and abundant wildlife. The park is next door to Anchorage and offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.



CHUGACH STATE PARK
The following host positions are all located within Chugach State Park. The half million acres of Chugach are mostly wilderness with rugged mountains, sweeping glaciers, and abundant wildlife. The park is next door to Anchorage and offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Bird Creek Campground
Bird campground is located between the highway and picturesque Turnagain Arm, which is famous for its bore tides and its Beluga whales. A mixed forest of birch and spruce surrounding the campground provides an attractive background for 24 camping sites and two public use cabins. Nearby Bird Creek is a stocked salmon fishery managed by the Department of Fish and Game. Bird Campground is within easy travel distance of Anchorage and Girdwood.
Job duties:
Serve as a primary point of contact for visitors and monitor user activity within the facility. Advise users of associated fees. Perform regular janitorial service and assist park staff with minor maintenance including limited mowing, trimming, litter pickup, and other duties as needed.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, septic hookup
Season:
5 months, 5/1 – 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact: Superintendent Ben Corwin
Phone: 907-345-5014
Email: ben.corwin@alaska.gov


Bird Creek Campground Overflow
The Overflow Campground is located above the highway with views of Turnagain Arm, which is famous for its bore tides and its Beluga whales. It is well known for its quiet family atmosphere where people return to year after year. The campground receives high use on holidays with moderate to high traffic when the salmon are biting at nearby Bird Creek.
Job duties:
Serve as a primary point of contact for visitors and monitor user activity within the facility. Advise users of associated fees. Perform regular janitorial service and assist park staff with minor maintenance including limited mowing, trimming, litter pickup, and other duties as needed.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, electricity, water, and septic
Season:
5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact: Superintendent Ben Corwin
Phone: 907-345-5014
Email: ben.corwin@alaska.gov




McHugh Creek Day Use Area
McHugh Creek provides stunning views of the Kenai Mountains and Turnagain Arm. It consists of 30 parking spaces, latrines, picnic tables and fire pits. Belugas and the popular bore tides are often summer time attractions. A jumping off point for the Turnagain Arm area, many people use McHugh to access the many trails paralleling the Seward highway. On weekends, McHugh creek fills with picnickers and nature viewers. During spring and early summer it is common to see moose calves wandering with their mothers throughout the area.
Job Duties:
Serve as a primary point of contact for visitors and monitor user activity within the facility. Advise users of associated fees. Perform regular janitorial service and assist park staff with minor maintenance including limited mowing, trimming, litter pickup, and other duties as needed.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, phone, electricity, water, and septic.
Season:
5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact: Superintendent Ben Corwin
Phone: 907-345-5014
Email: ben.corwin@alaska.gov



Eagle River Campground (1 host position)
Tucked in the Eagle River Valley and conveniently located just off the Glenn Highway, Eagle River Campground boasts 57 individual campsites. Each site offers vehicle parking, a picnic table, and a fire ring. There are no RV hookups provided in this facility. Most sites will accommodate an RV apart from four “tent only” sites along the river. There is a day use area with a reservable picnic shelter, a large reservable group camping site, a reservable tent platform site, and one public use cabin. The facility serves as both a weekend destination for local campers and a stopover for visitors traveling the State’s Road system.
Job duties:
Serve as a primary point of contact for visitors and monitor user activity within the facility. Advise users of associated fees. Perform regular janitorial service and assist park staff with minor maintenance including limited mowing, trimming, litter pickup, and other duties as needed.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, electricity
Season:
4 months, 5/1 – 9/30, entire season preferred.
Contact: Superintendent Ben Corwin
Phone: 907-345-5014
Email: ben.corwin@alaska.gov



Eklutna Lake Campground (2 host positions)
This popular 50 site campground also has an 8-site overflow, two group camping sites, picnic area, and trailhead to 30 miles of trail. It is located one hour north of Anchorage at the western end of 8-mile long glacier-fed Eklutna Lake. The area offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, ATV'ing, horseback riding, kayaking, and fishing.
Job duties:
Host duties include welcoming campers and day users and acquainting them with the park area and facilities; light maintenance, informing visitors of park regulations and fees; staffing an entrance fee station on the weekends and holidays. Assist the area park ranger and staff with the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the campground facilities. There are two positions, one for the main campground and one for the overflow campground.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, electricity, phone, water, and dump. No pets permitted in state housing or vehicles.
Season:
4 months, 5/15 – 9/15, entire season preferred.
Contact: Ranger Keith Wilson
Phone: 907-688-0910
Email: Keith.Wilson@alaska.gov


Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge: Potter Marsh (1 host position)
Nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains, this 32,000 acre state wildlife refuge cradles the southern and western edge of the City of Anchorage. The refuge's tide flats and wetlands support 215 species of birds, 20 species of mammals, 5 species of Pacific salmon, and other wildlife. Potter Marsh, a 520 acre freshwater marsh, is the most accessible and popular area of the refuge and contains several day-use wildlife viewing sites including a half-mile of elevated boardwalks, viewing decks, spotting scopes, and short trails. The marsh provides habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, moose, brown and black bears, beavers, muskrats, spawning salmon, and many other species.
Duties: Overall supervision of visitor use sites, greet visitors in an informal setting on boardwalks and viewing sites, provide information and answer questions, and light maintenance. Optional duties for interested volunteer include staffing wildlife viewing sites and conducting informal bird identification walks.
Amenities: RV/Trailer host parking area (volunteer must provide own RV or camper), freshwater and wastewater holding tanks, subsistence reimbursement (with receipts) up to $575/month, electrical generator, cooking and heating fuel, uniform, and cell phone are provided. Showers are available at nearby refuge facility.
Season: Mid-May through mid-September, entire season preferred but may be split.
Contact: Joe Meehan
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
phone: (907) 267-2281
fax: (907) 267-2344
email: joe.meehan@alaska.gov
website: http://www.refuges.adfg.alaska.gov.


Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

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Atwood Building
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Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
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