Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Campground Host Positions - 2014

Northern Area


Northern Area Office
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks AK 99709-4613
ph: (907) 451-2695
fax: (907) 451-2754
email: dnr.pksnorth@alaska.gov

Delta Office
Box 318
Delta Junction, AK 99737
ph: (907) 895-2112
fax: (907) 895-5043
email: paul.funk@alaska.gov


Note: Use the Fairbanks address for the first five listings.
Use the Delta/Tok District address for the last four listings.

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Rosehip Campground - Chena River State Recreation Area
This campground is located at mile 27 Chena Hot Springs Road, next to the Chena River. It contains 38 campsites with low use on weekdays and moderate use on weekends. Rosehip is one of the many “take out” points for canoeists on the Chena River.
Special Projects: Monitor campground fee program, annual decal sales, and firewood sales. Provide visitor information and assistance. Perform minor campground maintenance, litter pickup, and minor landscaping. Clean restrooms and assist with janitorial maintenance.
Amenities: Dry camp, dump tank, and subsistence payment.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May to early September.
Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Dane Happ
Email: dane.happ@alaska.gov



Granite Tors Campground - Chena River State Recreation Area
Granite Tors campground has 23 campsites and is located at mile 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road, along a peaceful stretch of the Chena River. The Campground is dominated by large, old-growth white spruce trees that tower over the campsites.  An active beaver pond can be found adjacent to the parking area along with the popular Granite Tors Trailhead.  The campground and parking area sees moderate use on weekdays and can be quite busy on weekends. 
Special Projects: Monitor the campground fee program, parking area use, annual decal sales and firewood sales. Provide visitor information and assistance. Perform minor campground maintenance, litter pickup, and minor landscaping. Clean restrooms and assist with janitorial duties. 
Amenities: A rustic cabin was recently moved to this area and is being upgraded for use by summer campground hosts.  The dry (no water) 12’x20’ cabin has a woodstove, refrigerator, two burner propane cook top and a small bedroom.  The campground host also receives a subsistence payment.ane.happ@alaska.gov
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May to early September. Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Dane Happ
Email: dane.happ@alaska.gov



Harding Lake State Recreation Area
The recreation area is on the North shoreline of Harding Lake, approximately 45 miles Southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. The large campground consists of individual walk-in sites, a 20 vehicle capacity camp-a-lot section, and an additional 20 sites overflow area for self contained RV units during busy holiday weekends. Harding Lake is a very popular weekend getaway destination for the residents of the Fairbanks area. Recreational boating, fishing, picnicking and beach activities make Harding Lake a busy park during the warm and sunny summer months.
Routine host projects: Monitor campground, boat launch and fee program; assist with firewood and decal sales; assist campers and day users; maintain visitor use logs; perform minor maintenance, clean and maintain restrooms; assist with the operation of the Harding Lake entrance fee station.
Amenities: Subsistence payment; electricity, phone, sanitation and water hook-up; showers at Harding Lake Ranger Station. Several convenience stores are in the area, major services in Fairbanks and North Pole, within 45 miles of park.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May to early September. Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov



Salcha River State Recreation Site
Salcha River SRS is located along the Richardson Highway approximately 42 miles southeast of Fairbanks; it is a popular river access point for tourists, fishermen, and riverside property owners. Generally the weekends are busy, due to the proximity to Fairbanks. Fishing is very popular, especially in July when the King Salmon are running. The parking lot can accommodate 100 vehicles, including trailers and RVs. A small campground is located at the Salcha River State Recreation Site with a large gravel bar adjacent to the park for additional camping and parking. The Recreation Site’s main feature is the boat launch, which provides the only improved access to the Salcha River. Tables, fire pits, water and vaulted restrooms are available also for the picnic/day use area along the river.
Routine host projects: Monitor campground, boat launch and fee program; annual decal sales; assist campers and day users; maintain visitor use logs; perform minor maintenance, clean and maintain restrooms; may assist with the Harding Lake entrance fee station.
Amenities: Subsistence payment, rustic cabin on the river, showers at Harding Lake Ranger Station (approximately 3 miles away). Convenience stores in area, and major services in Fairbanks and North Pole, within 45 miles of park.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May to early September. Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov



Birch Lake State Recreation Area
This recreation site is located approximately 60 miles southeast of Fairbanks along the Richardson Highway at Mile Post 306. The Birch Lake facility includes a double wide boat launch, swim beach, day use/picnic area, 17 pull-in parking spaces and 5 tent campsites. Boating, fishing, picnicking and beach activities are popular at this site.
Routine host projects: Monitor campground, boat launch and fee program; annual decal sales; assist campers and day users; maintain visitor use logs; perform minor maintenance, clean and maintain restrooms; and may assist with landscaping needs.
Site Amenities:Subsistence payment, propane, rustic cabin, showers at Harding Lake Ranger Station (approximately 15 miles away), convenience stores within 10-15 miles, and major services in Fairbanks, North Pole, and Delta Junction, within 45 miles.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May to early September. Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov



Olnes Pond – Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area
This campground is located at mile 10.5 Elliott Hwy.  It contains 15 campsites with low use on weekdays and moderate use on weekends. 
Special Projects: Monitor campground fee program, annual decal sales, and firewood sales. Provide visitor information and assistance. Perform minor campground maintenance, litter pickup, and minor landscaping. Clean restrooms and assist with janitorial maintenance.
Amenities: Dry camp, and subsistence payment.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, late May through early September.  Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov



Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area
The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area includes Olnes Pond and Whitefish, which are located at approximately 10.5 and 11 mile of the Elliot highway north of Fairbanks. Combined, this is a 400 acre recreation area with fishing access, camping, picnicking, boating, and ATV recreation. This is a very popular location for locals given its proximity to Fairbanks. Recreational boating, fishing, camping, and ATV activities make Lower Chat (especially Olnes) a busy park during the summer months.
Routine host duties/responsibilities: monitor campground; boat launch and fee program; assist with firewood sales; assist campers and day users, maintain campground (trash pickup, cleaning latrines, firepits); and maintain visitor logs.
Amenities: subsistence payment. Hosts are required to have a motor home and transportation. No site amenities are provided. Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, mid/late May through mid September. Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov



Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site
The Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site is located at mile 39 of the Steese Highway, north of Fairbanks. This site is popular for highway travelers and weekends campers from Fairbanks. It has approximately 25 campsites, four picnic sites, drinking water and latrines. There is a road to a gravel bar where visitors can camp, picnic, or fish. Canoes and rafters launch from here and enjoy an all-day float on the Chatanika River, ending at the Lower Chatanika State Recreational Area, mile 11 off the Elliott Highway.
Routine host duties/responsibilities: monitor campground and fee program; assist with firewood sales; assist campers and day users, maintain campground (trash pickup, cleaning latrines, fire pits); and maintain visitor logs. 
Amenities: subsistence payment.  Hosts are required to have a motor home and transportation.  No site amenities are provided.
Season: 7-8 weeks minimum, mid/late May through mid September.  Preference given for longer commitments.
Contact: Park Specialist Brian Charlton
Email: brian.charlton@alaska.gov

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Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
This 2000-acre state refuge is only 3 miles from downtown Fairbanks. The pastoral setting is popular with locals and visitors. The weather is often warm and sunny. A dairy farm from 1910 to 1966, Creamer’s is now a refuge managed by the Alaska State Department of Fish and Game. A variety of habitats support a diversity of plant and animal communities. Farm roads and trails lead from dairy buildings to fields, wetlands and forest.
Duties: Staff the Farmhouse Visitor Center, greet visitors to refuge, sell gift shop items, and maintain visitor use logs, grounds keeping, some maintenance, and minor litter pickup/janitorial. Host may assist with the interpretive programs depending on experience.
Amenities: Private parking for RV with full “hook-up”: electricity, water, telephone and sewer. Private shower is within pleasant walking distance.
Duty Periods: Six weeks of long weekends only (Saturday, Sunday and Monday): mid May to late June, or late June to early August, or early August to mid September.
Contact: Mark D. Ross, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game
Creamer’s Field
1300 College Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Ph: 907-459-7301
Fax: 907-451-9723
email: mark.ross@alaska.gov



Quartz Lake State Recreation Area
Quartz Lake recreation area is a great place to visit. Recreational opportunities abound. Whether you enjoy the feel of a 20 inch rainbow trout on the line, the breathtaking view after a hike to Bluff Point, or sitting around the campfire with friends. Wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, playing volleyball, swimming, playing horseshoes, and water skiing are also popular summertime activities. This 600 acre recreation area borders two lakes and has facilities adjacent to the lakes to accommodate the large crowds. The campgrounds are located 15 miles north of Delta Junction in Interior Alaska, where summers are usually warm and dry, providing for the best recreational weather in the state.
Special Projects:  As arranged
Amenities:  Subsistence payment, log cabin
Season:  May 16-Sept. 7, 8 weeks minimum, full season preferred
Contact: Maureen Gardner – Delta
Email: maureen.gardner@alaska.gov



Clearwater State Recreation Site
This beautiful little campground lies tucked beside a crystal clear river offering a peaceful place to visit. Many visitors enjoy this recreation site for its well-kept campsites and for the picnic area. Others enjoy this site for the river access provided by the boat launch. Beside the excellent fishing opportunity for Arctic Grayling and salmon, many people enjoy floating/boating the Delta-Clearwater River. If you are traveling in the spring or fall, Clearwater SRS is an excellent place to see sandhill cranes, swans, geese and other migratory birds. The campground is located 17 miles east of Delta Junction.
Special Projects:  As arranged
Amenities:  Subsistence payment
Season: May 16-Sept. 7, 8 weeks minimum, full season preferred
Contact:  Maureen Gardner – Delta
email: maureen.gardner@alaska.gov



Delta State Recreation Site
Popular with those traveling between Fairbanks and Tok, this campground gives visitors a wilderness feel but keeps them conveniently close to town for events or shopping.  Directly across the highway from the recreation site lies the Delta River allowing for some spectacular views of the Alaska Range beyond which remains snow covered year round.  A city airstrip next to the site allows for fly-in camping.  The campground is located only ½ mile north of Delta Junction in Interior Alaska, where summers are usually warm and dry, providing for the best recreational weather in the state.
Special Projects:  As arranged
Amenities:  Subsistence payment, log cabin
Season: May 16-Sept. 7, 8 weeks minimum, full season preferred
Contact:  Maureen Gardner – Delta
email: maureen.gardner@alaska.gov



Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site
Located on the braided Delta River, this secluded wilderness campground is seldom crowded. With views of some of the tallest peaks of the Alaska Range, this is one of the state’s most scenic campgrounds. A variety of wildlife also inhabits the area. The Delta bison herd can often be seen across the river on their summer grounds, from nearby viewpoints and occasionally from the campground. The campground is located only 28 miles south of Delta Junction in Interior Alaska, where summers are usually warm and dry. The host at this site will also take care of Fielding Lake State Recreation Area. The scenic campground at Fielding Lake is at an elevation of 2,973 feet in the Alaska Range. Because of the elevation the ice sometimes remains on the lake until July. The great fishing opportunities for Arctic grayling, lake trout and burbot, and the simple beauty of this alpine campground continue to bring people back to the area year after year. The campground at Fielding Lake is located two miles west of the Richardson Highway at mile 200.5 (65 miles south of Delta Junction).
Special Projects:  As arranged
Amenities:  Subsistence payment, frame cabin
Season: May 16-Sept. 7, 8 weeks minimum, full season preferred
Contact:  Maureen Gardner – Delta
email: maureen.gardner@alaska.gov

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