Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Volunteer and Volunteer Internship
  Positions - 2014


BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT


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BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT (1-2 positions)

Park/Area: SHUYAK ISLAND STATE PARK
This remote wilderness park, 54 air miles north of Kodiak, is accessible only by boat or plane. The park/island is 11 miles in diameter, and is comprised of 49,000 acres of coastal rain forest and numerous protected bays and inlets. Favorite recreation activities include sea kayaking, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. The park is home to the majestic Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, silver salmon, many bird species, and a great diversity of marine mammals. Park facilities include four public use cabins available for rent to visitors and the new Big Bay Rangers Station/Visitor Center. Shuyak Island is subject to the wet, windy, and unpredictable weather of the Gulf of Alaska and Shelikof Strait. Rainfall averages approximately 70 inches per year.

Main Tasks: Maintenance of 4 public use cabins including cutting and hauling firewood, keeping cabins stocked with propane, and cleaning cabins. Maintain park vessels and ranger station /visitor center grounds. Monitor patterns of park use and make visitor contacts. Trail work to include portage and hiking trail improvements. Light construction. Assist with park logistics and supply. Occasionally assist park ranger with park patrol.

Required Skills: Backcountry hiking, camping and survival skills. Physically able to lift and carry up to 50lb. loads over uneven terrain. Possess basic carpentry skills and knowledge of related tools. Two years of undergraduate studies in a natural resource field. Ability and desire to live in remote location in bear country for extended periods of time. Must be of good temperament and have ability to get along well with others in close living quarters. Good communication skills and ability to work independently.

Desired Skills: Experience in chainsaw use and maintenance. Trail construction and boat operation.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Allowance/Housing: Housing will be in backcountry cabins or tents with no running water or electricity. All food, safety equipment, and some training will be provided. Travel to and from Shuyak Island will be provided. Candidates must find their own way to Kodiak.

Time Commitment: Three months, at least June l - September l. As long as May 25 - September 30.

Note: Include a resume with application. Ranger is on seasonal leave till March. Volunteer will not be selected until the ranger returns to work.

Send Application to: Thomas Anthony

Alaska State Parks - Kodiak
1400 Abercrombie Dr.
Kodiak, AK 99615

    

phone: (907) 486-6339
fax: (907) 486-3320
email: dnr.pkskodiak@alaska.gov



BACKCOUNTRY CARETAKER (2 positions)

Park/Area: NANCY LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is located in Southcentral Alaska, 67 miles north of Anchorage, in the community of Willow, with a population of over 1,600.  Situated on the east side of the broad Susitna River Valley, Nancy Lake SRA has the typical geography formed by the retreat of large glaciers - forested, rolling hills of glacial moraines and countless lakes, ponds, and streams. This recreation area is well known for its canoe trail system and public use cabins. The 22,685 acre park is home to moose, beaver, fox, black bear, waterfowl and many other wildlife species. Summer recreation activities include canoeing, camping, hiking, and fishing. One backcountry host position is located at Red Shirt Lake, the other at Butterfly Lake.

Main Tasks: Maintain public use cabins and backcountry campsites. Contact backcountry visitors and private property owners. Collect visitor use and resource data. Summer access to these lakes is by hiking trail, canoe trail, or floatplane.

Special Projects: Monitor backcountry visitor use; serve as the emergency contact for backcountry users. Volunteers will perform routine maintenance of public use cabins and assist other staff with trail projects as needed. They will also serve as a contact for the private property owners in the area.

Required Skills: Couples sought for this position. Public relations skills, canoe/small boat experience, light maintenance skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must be able to live in a primitive setting.

Desired Skills: Education/experience in resource and/or recreation management, carpentry skills, and ability/experience using hand and power tools. Due to the remote nature of these assignments, couples are encouraged to apply.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

Allowance/Housing: Housing will be in a cabin without running water or electricity. A small motorboat and/or canoe will be provided. A monthly subsistence payment is available with a 60-day commitment to the positions. Radio and cell phone communication is provided. Use of Nancy Lake Office facilities and front country bunk space provided.

Time Commitment: Minimum of two months (sixty days), June 15-August 15. Positions can remain open as long as May 15 to September 30 unless weather or other events prohibit longer durations.

Note: Application must include resume. Applications are excepted until March 15.

Send Application to:

Ranger Drew McElvain
Alaska State Parks - Mat-Su/CB
7278 E. Bogard Rd.
Wasilla, AK 99654

       

email: andrew.mcelvain@alaska.gov
phone: (907) 495-6211
fax: (907) 495-6671