Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program Volunteer and Volunteer Internship
  Positions - 2016/2017


RANGER AND PARK ASSISTANT



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RANGER ASSISTANT (1-2 positions)

 

Park/Area: CHUGACH STATE PARK - EKLUTNA LAKE
Eklutna Lake lies in the northern area of Chugach State Park and is approximately 36 miles north of Anchorage. It boasts the largest lake and the highest mountain peak in the park. This is a very popular recreational area with campgrounds, picnic areas, public use cabins, interpretive displays and approximately 30 miles of trails. Main Tasks: Assist area ranger with management and maintenance of backcountry trails, campgrounds, remote airstrip and public use cabins. Be available to respond to problems or emergencies by contacting ranger staff or appropriate authorities; contact park visitors to inform and educate them of park rules and regulations. May be lead person for volunteer groups and will assist visitor services, maintenance, litter pickup and janitorial services of front country camp ground/facilities, and operation of fee booth. 

Job Duties: Assist area Ranger with management and maintenance of backcountry trails, campgrounds, remote airstrip and public use cabins. Be available to respond to problems or emergencies by contacting ranger staff or appropriate authorities. May be lead person for volunteer groups and will assist visitor services, maintenance, litter pickup and janitorial services of front country campground/facilities, and operation of fee booth. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence allowance. Dry cabin, phone, nearby laundry and showers. Pets are not permitted in state housing or vehicles.

Season: 5 months, 5/1 - 9/30, entire season desired.

Send Application to: Ranger Keith Wilson

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

           

phone: (907) 688-0910
email: Keith.Wilson@alaska.gov


RANGER ASSISTANT (2 positions)

 

Park/Area: CAINES HEAD STATE RECREATION AREA & RESURRECTION BAY STATE MARINE PARKS
Caines Head is a promontory in Resurrection Bay adjacent to Kenai Fjords National Park. The area hosts a wealth of marine mammals, fishes and nesting sea birds. Mountains ring the bay and trap incoming storms. High levels of precipitation feed the tremendous glaciers that sweep through the area and foster rain forests and abundant wildlife. Caines Head is located seven water miles south of Seward, Alaska. Accessible by boat or foot, it contains the remains of WWII fortifications overlooking Resurrection Bay and is rich in wildlife. Five other marine parks exist within Resurrection Bay and nearby Day Harbor only accessible by boat. 

Main Tasks: Repairing and constructing trails. Painting and maintenance of park facilities. Preparing and presenting weekly interpretive tours of historic defense structures. Routine patrols of each park unit. Public use cabin maintenance. 

Special Projects: Inventory and document historic buildings. Photograph buildings and park. 

Required Skills: Two years of undergraduate study in a resource related field. Willing to learn boating skills and power tool operation. Able to work well with the public; able to live and work independently in a remote setting. 

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment available. Housing is 16' X 20' log ranger station to be shared with one additional staff member. Groceries available in Seward (transportation available weekly) and from the sea (excellent fishing). 

Time Commitment: 5 days per week, 8 weeks minimum between 5/15 and 9/7; at least 6/15-8/15. 

Send Application to: Ranger Jack Ransom

Alaska State Parks - Kenai/PWS
P.O. Box 1247
Soldotna, AK 99669

           

phone: (907) 262-5581
fax: (907) 262-3717
email: dnr.pkskenai@alaska.gov


RANGER ASSISTANT (1-2 positions)

 

Park/Area: KASILOF, NINILCHIK AND DEEP CREEK STATE RECREATION SITE AND AREA
This position is located at the Ninilchik Ranger Station and assists with maintaining the state park facilities from Kasilof to Ninilchik, small communities with approximately 800 people located on the western Kenai Peninsula. Local residents and visitors are drawn to this area because of the outstanding recreation opportunities; freshwater fishing in the Ninilchik River, the best roadside salmon fishing at Deep Creek and outstanding razor clam digging at Ninilchik beach. The proximity to Cook Inlet offers fantastic saltwater fishing for halibut and salmon. The Kasilof area includes Clam Gulch and access to the Kasilof River. One of the area’s most popular campgrounds, Johnson Lake SRA is also in Kasilof. 

Special Projects: Replace and construct picnic tables. Paint park buildings. Repair and improve campground sites. Repair and install park signs. Repair lawn mowers and brush cutters. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment, electricity and water, shower and laundry facilities available at park office. Other services available in Ninilchik. 

Time Commitment: 2 - 4 months starting May 15. 

Send Application to: Ranger Jacqui Erion

Alaska State Parks - Kenai/PWS
P.O. Box 1247
Soldotna, AK 99669

           

phone: (907) 262-5581
fax: (907) 262-3717
email: dnr.pkskenai@alaska.gov



PARK ASSISTANT (2 positions)

 

Park/Area: DELTA AREA STATE PARKS
The Delta area covers a wide expanse of interior woodlands, hills, braided river bottoms, and high country tundra. The Alaska Range borders the south side and the Yukon River/Tanana River uplands stretch for miles to the north and northeast. The Delta area is home to a large herd of free roaming bison. Moose and caribou are frequently seen in the Delta Junction area and Dall sheep may be viewed south of town in the Alaska Range. State Parks in the Delta area serve as access points to vast areas of Interior Alaska wilderness. The Delta Parks District includes three state recreation sites, two 640 acre state recreation areas, and one state historical park. 

  • At Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, 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, these opportunities and more are available.

  • Big Delta State Historical Park, through its tremendous historic buildings and displays, gives visitors an opportunity to take a walk back in time. The historic district was an important crossroad for travelers, traders, and the military during the early days of the 20th century.

  • Clearwater State Recreation Site is a beautiful little campground which lies tucked beside a crystal clear river offering a peaceful place to visit. Besides the excellent fishing opportunity for Arctic grayling, many people enjoy the opportunity to float the Delta-Clearwater River.

  • Delta State Recreation Site gives visitors a wilderness feel but keeps them conveniently close to town. 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.

  • Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site offers a peaceful setting with views of some of the tallest peaks of the Alaska Range. There is a great opportunity here to examine alpine plant life, along with good wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • Fielding Lake State Recreation Area 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 site offers great fishing opportunities for Arctic grayling, lake trout and burbot.



Main Tasks: The park assistant positions are ideal for natural resource or park and recreation internships. They offer valuable experience for persons interested in careers in park management. Park assistants will be involved in the day to day operations of all state park units in the Delta Junction area. 

Required Skills: Park Assistants must have the ability to work effectively with other volunteers and the public and have an interest in natural resource related subjects. They must be comfortable with living in a primitive setting. They must be able to operate basic trail clearing tools, maintenance tools, chainsaws, and brush cutters, given proper training. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. 

Desired Skills: Public speaking ability and construction skills are desired. 

Allowance/Housing: A rustic cabin is provided. There is no running water at the cabin. Subsistence payment of $400 per month is given. Transportation is provided within the district and limited transportation in the region. Shower facilities are available at the Delta Parks office. 

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork. 

Time Commitment: 8 weeks minimum, preference given to longer commitments, May 16 – Sept. 4. 

Send Application to: Ian Thomas

Alaska State Parks - Delta District
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

           

phone: (907) 451-2697
email: ian.thomas@alaska.gov


PARK ASSISTANT (2 positions)

 

Park/Area: HARDING LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA, BIRCH LAKE STATE RECREATION SITE & SALCHA RIVER STATE RECREATION SITE
These park units are located approximately 45 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway and are busy and popular on weekends. The weather is often sunny and warm. Recreational activities are fishing, hiking, boating, and picnicking. Facilities include day use and picnic sites, campgrounds, boat launches, and hiking trails.

Main Tasks: Assist staff in daily operations involving facility maintenance, visitor contacts, brush cutting, lawn mowing, painting, routine janitorial work, litter pickup, and other duties.

Special Projects: Upgrading bulletin boards, expanding the self-guided nature trail at Harding Lake SRA, and assisting in the Harding Lake entrance station as needed.

Required Skills: Must possess a valid driver's license; have an interest in natural resources and the environment; must be physically fit, and able to work and live with others in rustic accommodations.

Desired Skills: Understanding of operation and maintenance of power and hand tools, carpentry skills, and landscaping.

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment, Ranger station with complete amenities, shared with other volunteers. 

Time commitment: 10 weeks, starting June 1 (extension possible). 

Send Application to: Park Specialist Jackie Cheek 

Alaska State Parks – Northern
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4613

 

phone: (907) 451-2685
fax: (907) 451-2754
email: jaclyn.cheek@alaska.gov

PARK ASSISTANT (1 position)

 

Park/Area: FAIRBANKS AREA/CHENA RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA
This position will be based out of Fairbanks.  The position is flexible and may work in one or both of these parks as needed.  The weather is often sunny and warm. Recreational activities are fishing, hiking, boating, and picnicking. Facilities include day use and picnic sites, campgrounds, boat launches, and hiking trails.

Main Tasks: Assist staff in daily operations involving facility maintenance, visitor contacts, brush cutting, lawn mowing, painting, routine janitorial work including latrine cleaning &, litter pickup, other duties as assigned.

Special Projects: Assigned as needs come up.  

Required Skills: Must possess a valid driver's license; have an interest in natural resources and the environment; must be physically fit, and able to work and live with others in rustic accommodations.

Desired Skills: An understanding of the operation and maintenance of power and hand tools, carpentry skills, and landscaping.

Internship: Encouraged, but not required.  Supervisor will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment / Dry log cabin in Fairbanks equipped w/ a stove & fridge, but no running water.  Facilities for showers & toilets in office building next door. 

Time commitment: May 16 to Sept 9 – preference given to those who can commit to longer season, but shorter commitments will be considered.

Send Application to: Brad Garasky  

Alaska State Parks – Northern
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4613

 

phone: (907) 451-2653
fax: (907) 451-2754
email: brad.garasky@alaska.gov



INTERPRETIVE PARK ASSISTANT (2 positions)

 

Park/Area:  BIG DELTA STATE HISTORICAL PARK
Big Delta State Historical Park, through its tremendous historic buildings and displays, gives visitors an opportunity to take a walk back in time. The historic district was an important crossroad for travelers, traders, and the military during the early days of the 20th century. Rika’s Roadhouse, the centerpiece of the park, served travelers of the historic Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail from 1913 to 1947. Also located at the park are the Delta Historical Society Museum, the McCarty Washington Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS) station and the Alaska Road Commission (ARC) site. 

Main Tasks: Create and present guided tours, greet visitors (those arriving by tour buses, independent travelers, and locals), roving interpretation, open the historical buildings containing displays (at 8:00 in the morning) and closing them (at 6:00 in the evening), janitorial maintenance of the building interiors (dusting, vacuuming, etc.) 

Special Projects: Catalogue historical artifacts, perform condition assessments of historical buildings and features (to assist us in their preservation), and assist the Delta Historical Society with their displays throughout the park. 

Required Skills: Field experience in 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.

Allowance/Housing: Living quarters are provided in Rika’s Roadhouse.  A subsistence payment of $400 per month is given. 

Internship: As an intern, your experience will be closely supervised and unique school requirements will be complied with.

Time Commitment: 8 weeks minimum, preference given to longer commitments, May 15 – Sept. 15.

Send Application to: Ian Thomas

Alaska State Parks - Delta District 
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

           

phone: (907) 451-2697
email: ian.thomas@alaska.gov