Backcountry Ranger Assistant Volunteer Positions

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This remote wilderness park is approximately 54 air miles north of Kodiak and only accessible by boat or plane. The park island is approximately 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 Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, many bird species, and a great diversity of marine mammals and fish. Park facilities include four public use cabins available for rent to visitors and the Big Bay Contact 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, upkeep and cleaning of 4 public use cabins including cutting and hauling firewood. Maintain contact station/visitor center facilities, grounds and solar and wind generated utility systems. Monitor patterns of park use and make visitor contacts. Trail work will include portage and hiking trail maintenance and improvements. Light construction, sanding, scraping and staining required on facilities. Assist with park logistics and supplies, and occasionally assist park ranger with park patrol. Position supervision is usually by the area Natural Resource Technician or Park Ranger. 

Required Skills: Backcountry hiking, camping and survival skills, physically able to lift and carry up to 50lb. loads over uneven terrain, and the ability and desire to live in a remote location in bear country for extended periods of time. Possess basic carpentry/light construction skills and knowledge of related tools. Ability and knowledge of sea kayaking. Must have a good temperament and able to get along well with others in close isolated living quarters. Good communication skills and ability to work independently. 

Desired Skills: Experience in chainsaw use and maintenance, trail construction, ocean boating operation and natural resource education &/or experience a plus. 

Internship: State Park staff will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork for school credit. 

Allowance/Housing: Main housing will be at the Big Bay Station facilities, occasionally in backcountry cabins or tents with no running water or electricity. All travel to and from Shuyak and Kodiak, food, safety equipment, and some training will be provided. Candidates season starts and ends in Kodiak, travel to and from Kodiak is at own expense at beginning and end of season. 

Time Commitment: At least June l - September l, possibly as long as May 20 - September 30. 

Note: Include a resume and supporting documentation with application. 

Send Application to: Kodiak Area Office

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


phone: (907) 486-6339
fax: (907) 486-3320