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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program and Volunteer Internship Positions

Natural History Interpreter

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Southeast Alaska's temperate rainforest is a unique part of Alaska. A group of 10,000 islands in the Alexander Archipelago snuggle up to a narrow strip of mainland on the west side of the Coast Mountains, also known as the "Inside Passage." Ketchikan, an island community, has a population of 14,500. It is noted for its rich Alaska Native Culture and totem poles, extreme geography, diverse and lush vegetation, abundant land and marine wildlife, fishing, and of course lots of water! Other popular recreation activities include hiking, sea kayaking, sailing and scuba diving. The diversity of state parks in the Ketchikan area includes: a Native cultural/historic site, 2 recreation sites, and 2 remote marine parks, one with a public use cabin. The primary emphasis for the interpreter will be accomplished at Totem Bight State Historical Parks and Settlers Cove State Recreation Sites.

Main Tasks: Arrange and organize for speakers, or present interpretive programs highlighting the historic and natural resource values of the area parks. Coordinate the junior park ranger program for youth ages 8-12. Conduct weekly guided tours of the historic park for all age groups. Develop interpretive and informational displays for bulletin boards. May assist in the visitor information center.

Special Projects: Varied depending on skills and personal interests.

Required Skills: Field experience in natural history interpretation or outdoor education; enthusiasm for the outdoors, good communication and public speaking skills. Must work independently.

Desired Skills: Two years of undergraduate study in natural resources, environmental studies or interpretation. Computer skills beyond basic knowledge.

Internship:Will assist volunteer in internship requirements but preference given for field experience.

Allowance/Housing: Monthly food subsistence payment. Vehicle and housing needs are the responsibility of the volunteer.

Time Commitment: As long as desired between May 15 - September 15.

Send Application to: Ranger Aaron Ostby

Alaska State Parks - Southeast
9883 N. Tongass Hwy.
Ketchikan, AK 99901

phone: (907) 247-8574
fax: (907) 247-8573
email: aaron.ostby@alaska.gov

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."

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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

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