Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Campground Host Positions - 2014

Chugach Area


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. 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.
Job duties:
Provide visitor information, daily visit counts, light maintenance, park watch, and daily campground management. Need to possess a high interest in public contact and offering public information on trails, hazards, and directions. Position offers great opportunities and physical exercise for the recreation minded person.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, phone, electricity (by generator), water, and dump.
Season:
5 months, 5/1 – 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact:  Ranger Tom Crockett
                  Phone: 907-345-5014
                  Email: Thomas.Crockett@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 use on most weekends. The host site has electrical, water, and septic hookups.
Job duties:
Provides visitor information, daily visit counts, light maintenance, and park watch. Need to possess a high interest in public contact and offering public information on trails, hazards, and directions. Position offers great opportunities and physical exercise for the recreation minded person.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, phone, electricity, water, and septic.
Season:
5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact:  Ranger Tom Crockett
                  Phone: 907-345-5014
                  Email: Thomas.Crockett@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:
Visitor information, daily visit counts, light maintenance, and park watch. Need a high interest in public contact and offering public information on trails, hazards, and directions. Applicant should have a strong interest in hiking. Position offers great opportunities and physical exercise for the recreation minded person.
Amenities:
Subsistence allowance, phone, electricity, water, and septic.
Season:
5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact:  Ranger Tom Crockett
                  Phone: 907-345-5014
                  Email: Thomas.Crockett@alaska.gov



Eklutna Lake Campground (2 host positions)
This 50-unit campground also has an 8-site overflow, two group camping areas, 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, biking, ATV'ing, horseback riding, paddle boating, and Dolly Varden fishing.
Job duties:
Host duties include welcoming campers and day users and acquainting them with the park area and facilities; informing visitors of the park regulations, policies and fee requirements; 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.
Season:
5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.
Contact:  Ranger Keith Wilson
                  Phone: 907-688-0610
                  Email: Keith.Wilson@alaska.gov



Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge: Potter Marsh (1 host position)
This 32,467 acre state wildlife refuge cradles the southern and western edge of the City of Anchorage and protects a variety of habitats including tidelands, coastal and freshwater marshes, small ponds and streams, and uplands forests. Over 130 species of birds, 20 species of mammals, 5 species of Pacific salmon and other wildlife are found in the refuge. 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 interpretive panels. The marsh provides habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, moose, brown and black bears, beavers, muskrats, spawning salmon and many other species.
Special Projects: Overall supervision of visitor use sites, greet visitors in an informal setting on boardwalks and viewing sites, provide information and answer questions. Light maintenance to include pick up litter, empty trash cans, clean and restock restrooms, and provide general security at primary access sites.  Other duties include staffing wildlife viewing sites (note: these duties are flexible and require only a general familiarity with bird identification).
Amenities: RV/Trailer host parking area (volunteer must provide own RV or camper), wastewater holding tank, expense allowance, subsistence stipend, electrical generator, showers at nearby refuge facility, cell phone.
Season: Mid-May through mid-September, entire season preferred but may be split.
Contact: Joe Meehan
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
email: joe.meehan@alaska.gov
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
phone: (907) 267-2281
fax: (907) 267-2344
website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov (follow links for “Refuges and Sanctuaries”).


Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area(1 host position)
The Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department is looking for a Park Host for Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area (CCENA) for the 2013-14 winter season.  CCENA is the newest addition to the city’s park system and encompasses 60 acres of beautiful estuarine and upland habitat.  Park Host will be responsible for opening and closing entrance gates daily and reporting unwarranted activity.  Because this is a protected natural area and important nesting habitat, we ask that Park Host refrain from bringing dogs on site.  Electric hookup is provided.

For more information contact Parks Administration at 343-4355 or visit: http://www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/beaparkhost.aspx

Online application here: http://www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Documents/ParkHostApplications.pdf