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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program and Volunteer Internship Positions

PARK CARETAKER (1 position)

The Bird Point Day Use Area is a popular sightseeing stop on the Turnagain Arm and the main access to Girdwood to Indian pathway, a twelve-mile bike path that winds along the Turnagain Arm. A large viewing area with interpretive displays gives a panoramic view of the Turnagain Arm flanked by stunning mountains and glaciers. Your host site is a two-bedroom cabin nestled in the trees at the Point. 

Job duties: Summer: Provides visitor information, daily visit counts, light maintenance, and park watch. This position is recommended for individuals highly active with trail patrol and maintenance. Need to possess a high interest in public contact. Candidate should have strong interest in hiking and biking. Position offers great outdoor opportunities and physical exercise for the recreation minded person. 

Winter: Facility is closed in winter.  

Allowance/Housing: Two bedroom cabin, phone, electricity, water and dump.No pets permitted in state park housing or vehicles. 

Time Commitment: Summer: 5 months, 5/1 - 9/30 Winter: 10/1 to 4/30

Send Application to: Tom Crockett

Alaska State Parks - Chugach
18620 Seward Hwy.
Anchorage, AK 99516


phone: (907) 345-5014
email: thomas.crockett@alaska.gov 

PARK CARETAKER (1 position)


Park/Area: ANCHORAGE HILLSIDE CARETAKER (located at Glen Alps Trailhead) 
The Anchorage Hillside Host is responsible for providing basic services at four popular Chugach State Park trailheads: Glen Alps, Upper O’Malley, Upper Huffman, and Prospect Heights. Glen Alps trailhead offers excellent access to alpine areas including the popular Flattop Mountain. Common activities in the area include wildlife viewing, hiking, dog walking, climbing, berry picking, and biking. 

Job Duties: Summer Season:Job duties include restroom cleaning, garbage pickup, visitor counts, incident reporting, visitor interaction, and other duties as assigned. Requirements of this position include working with minimal supervision, exercising good judgment, and maintaining high maintenance standards. 

Winter Season: Winter duties include those described above although on a smaller scale due to decreased visitation. The position can be physically demanding. Additional winter duties include snow blowing/shoveling, maintaining access to fee stations and latrines, snowmobile operation, and winter trail maintenance. Activities during winter include skiing, hiking, sledding, wildlife viewing and snowmobiling (if snow depth is adequate). Experience in winter-based activity is especially helpful. 

Time Commitment: Summer: 5 months, 5/1 - 9/30 Winter: 10/1 to 4/30

Allowance/Housing: Host cabin and phone. No pets permitted.

Send Application to:
 Ranger Mario Pagni

Alaska State Parks - Chugach
18620 Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99516


phone: (907) 344-0069 
fax: (907) 345-6982
email: mario.pagni@alaska.gov

PARK CARETAKER (1 position)


The eagle preserve is located north of Haines, Alaska, along the Chilkat River and includes about 48,000 acres of prime eagle habitat. It is world-renowned for the large gathering of 3,000 or more eagles during the fall and early winter. A facility located at the "Council Grounds," 19 miles north of Haines, along the Haines Highway, provides sheltered outside interpretive displays overlooking the Chilkat River where the highest concentration of eagles occurs. There is a two mile trail running along the river connecting scenic pull-outs. 

Main Tasks: Assist/provide the area staff with daily operations of visitor contacts, and eagle observations. Janitorial service on the vaulted latrine and facility maintenance, including light carpentry, painting and repair work. May also include providing vehicle counts, highway safety information, nature observation, and commercial operator monitoring.

Required Skills: Should possess a valid driver's license; be physically fit and willing to work in rugged terrain in cold and wet conditions; able to work independently with little or no direct supervision; able to live in rustic accommodations without running water; have good public relation skills and be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Internship: Field experience only, not an internship position. 

Allowance/Housing: Log, 16' x 16', cabin with sleeping loft. Oil drip heat, propane cooking stove, underground power, phone, andno running water. Full kitchen with gray water outfall. Public latrine nearby. Services located 19 miles south in Haines. Personal vehicle highly recommended. 

Time Commitment: May through September, minimum of eight weeks, full season preferred.

Send Application to: Ranger Travis Russell 

Alaska State Parks - Haines Office
P.O. Box 430
Haines, AK 99827


phone: (907) 766-2292 
fax: (907) 766-2284
email: travis.russell@alaska.gov

CAMP CARETAKER/HOST (1 or 2 positions)

Enjoy and experience a summer volunteering in Sitka, Alaska. Live in a quaint cabin 7 miles from town in a beautiful recreation area adjacent to Starrigavan Bay. Sitka is located in the southeast panhandle of Alaska and is only accessible by air or boat. Host couples are preferred.

The Starrigavan Recreation Area is a joint management venture between the USDA Forest Service and Alaska State Parks. The recreation area offers 2 ¼ miles of loop trails adjacent to 34 campsites, 1 public recreation rental cabin, 6 picnic sites and an artesian well.

Main Tasks:  Interact with campers, hikers, artesian well users and other recreation area users. Live within the recreation area and provide a Forest Service presence; assist in deterring criminal mischief and vandalism of facilities; contact Forest Service staff or appropriate authorities in case of problems or emergencies; monitor light maintenance needs at host cabin; meet and greet visitors; monitor the recreation area water system and facility use; monitor and post incoming camping reservations; check in/out reservations for recreation rental cabin, stock rental cabin with split firewood; collect and process camping/log cabin fees; perform light maintenance including cleanup of fire rings, restrooms, campsites, rental cabin; leaf litter removal; open and close access gates daily.

Desired Skills: Host(s) must enjoy working with the public and being visible within the recreation area; in good health and physical condition (repeated bending, lifting; lots of walking); be self-directed requiring little supervision; possess a valid driver's license to operate a government vehicle; commit to volunteering full time for dates specified. Experience with gas powered equipment and operating ATV/UTV/riding power equipment is important.

Housing: Volunteer lives in a small “Pan Abode” style cabin (1 bedroom, kitchen/living/office area, bath and laundry) within the recreation area with all utilities paid by the Forest Service. Oil heat, electrical lights, phone (local calls only); indoor plumbing; other amenities available; requires conservative use of cabin water system. Adults and non-smokers only; no pets.

Allowance: Travel reimbursement on Alaska Marine Highway for self and vehicle 19 feet or less and/or a daily reimbursement may be available.

Time Commitment: 4 months, mid May through mid September.

Send Application to: Attn.: Mike Mullin, Natural Resource Specialist

USDA Forest Service, Sitka Ranger District
2108 Halibut Point Road
Sitka, AK 99835


phone: (907) 747-4274
email: michael.mullin@usda.gov

Twin Bears Camp

This camp is located at mile 30 Chena Hot Springs Road about 35 miles east of Fairbanks. It is on a small secluded lake within the Chena River State Recreation Area. It includes 13 small cabins and a dining hall and kitchen which makes its perfect for groups to rent out.

Special Projects: Provide visitor information and assistance. Perform minor campground maintenance (simple carpentry, troubleshoot generator and water systems), litter pickup, and minor landscaping. Clean restrooms and assist with janitorial maintenance.

Amenities: Dry camp, RV hook ups, and subsistence payment.

Season: Mid May to mid September
Contact: Michelle Harpole

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."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907